The Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning is excited to offer a series of free, hands-on events for school groups of all ages on a variety of topics. Make the most of your field trip by participating in these events, which will allow students the opportunity to engage in hands-on investigations, specimen and artifact observations, and much more while exploring the Museum's world-renowned scientific and cultural collections and exhibition halls.

While you must pre-register your group in order to visit the museum and any special exhibitions, no additional reservations for the school group drop-in events are necessary: all offerings are first-come, first served. 



Free admission for New York City school and camp groups to the American Museum of Natural History is generously supported by the Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.

The School Group Visits Program at the American Museum of Natural History is generously supported by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Endowment Fund for Education.

Upcoming Offerings

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Brain Awareness Day

March 16, 2018

Explore how the most complex organ in the body has evolved, how it works, and how it makes us human.

Earth Day Drop In

Earth Day

April 19, 2018

Learn about our dynamic earth and why understanding how it works is central to our well-being and survival.

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Conservation Day

April 27, 2018

In celebration of Conservation Day, activities will focus on how students can contribute to local, national, and global efforts in conserving wildlife, plants, soil and water and learning about the benefits they provide for the present and future generations.

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International Museum Day

May 18, 2018

Students will get a sampling of the best that the Museum has to offer in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Paleontology, Astrophysics, Global Studies and the Living Environment.

World Oceans Day Drop In

World Oceans Day

June 8, 2018

Students will explore the amazing diversity of life and wide range of habitats that are found in the planet’s Oceans.

Past Offerings

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Biodiversity Day

February 15, 2018

Join us in celebrating the beauty and abundance of all living things, as well as the interconnections between them.


Cultural Halls Day

January 9, 2018

Students will learn about traditional cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Pacific by exploring models, artifacts, textiles and tools.

Space Exploration Day

Astronomy Day

December 15, 2017

Students will learn about the cosmos, the nature of galaxies, stars, and planets and how scientists continue to explore our solar system and beyond.  


Native American Cultures Day

November 28, 2017

Join us in celebrating the Museum's Halls of Eastern Woodlands, Plains and Northwest Coast Indians.


National Fossil Day

October 18, 2017

Students will explore fossil specimens to learn how fossils form, what scientists can learn by studying them, and much more.