Field Trip Add-Ons

Looking to make the most of your field trip? Check out our Field Trip Add-Ons to request these additional reservations for your students' visit!

Special Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions offered below are self-guided opportunities to explore reservation-only spaces in the museum. These popular exhibits have space limitations and require this additional reservation. While you and your group would be exploring the exhibit on your own, we have free downloadable Learning Resources (including activities, videos, lesson plans, teacher guides, and more!) to help you prepare an itinerary for your time in the exhibits.

Please note: Due to current COVID-19 protocols and limited capacity, all onsite field trips are self-guided and add-ons such as our Butterfly & Spider Pavilions and Dinosaur Encounters are available by request to school groups. Add-on requests are not guaranteed and are based on availability and exhibition capacity.

Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion

All Grades 
Observe free-flying butterflies and watch as they lay eggs, hatch into caterpillars, and form chrysalises throughout our Pavilion garden. Please note access to this outdoor exhibit is weather-dependent.
Mondays – Fridays | March 21, 2022 – May 27, 2022 | Times: Every 30 minutes, 10 am–last entry at 11 am 

Dinosaur Encounters

Dinosaur Encounters

Grades 1–5 
Fun, educational, and interactive, Dinosaur Encounters performances feature NHM's life-size dinosaur puppets and explore topics on dinosaur behavior, extinction, adaptation, and the relationship between birds and dinosaurs.
Thursdays & Fridays | April 7 - June 10, 2022 | Times: 10:30 am, 11:30 am


Permanent Exhibitions

kids interacting with exhibits in nature lab

Looking for other spaces to explore inside (and outside!) the Museum? Learn more about our permanent exhibitions and see all that your students can discover on their field trip—no additional reservations for school groups required!