We require at least one chaperone for every 10 students. A chaperone is an adult over 21. However, smaller subgroups mean a more meaningful—and safer—experience for our students, so the museum admits up to two chaperones free for every 10 students. Chaperones must stay with their students at all times and are responsible for the conduct of the students they are accompanying.
Download the Chaperone Guide
Print this guide for your chaperones to review before coming to the museum and to help them find their way around the building.
The Science Museum requires students and chaperones to remain together at all times. Group size should be 5-10 students per one adult.
Field Trip Tips
- Ask your group leader about your schedule for the day. Which exhibits should the students visit?
- Keep your group in one exhibit area at a time.
- Explore the area with your group and encourage questions. (You don't need to know the answers! Help the students find their own answers and discuss the exhibits with others in their group.)
- If you have questions, ask a staff member for help. Staff are glad to show you how an exhibit works or answer any questions you may have.
- Count your students before you move to another exhibit area.
A few rules to assure a safe and fun trip for everyone (including teachers and chaperones).
- Respect others in your group and other museum visitors
- Use indoor voices
- Walk in the museum—no running
- No climbing on exhibits
- No food or drink outside of lunch area
- Backpacks are not allowed in the exhibits
- Photographs may be taken in the exhibit halls, but not in the Omnitheater, auditorium, or special exhibitions
- Teachers and chaperones must stay with their groups at all times
In the infrequent event that a student's behavior is disruptive to others, museum staff will ask for additional assistance from teachers and chaperones for the group. In extreme situations, museum staff reserves the right to ask the students to leave the museum.