Welcome educators and students! We offer a host of engaging programs for school groups visiting our two locations. Explore our school programs below and make reservations for your next field trip. If you can't visit us in person, we have a wealth of online resources for creating classroom materials, doing homework, or just having fun — while learning, of course!
Plan a Field Trip
Watch orientation videos to find out what you need to know before you go.
Look Through Telescopes
Join our astronomy educators for a close-up look at our nearest star, the Sun, from the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory at the Museum in Washington, DC.
Group Size: 25 maximum
Learn about our Public Observatory >
Take a Tour
Go on a thematic tour of the Museum with one of our knowledgeable guides.
Duration: 30, 60, or 90 minutes
Group Size: 10 minimum
Tours at the Museum in DC >
Tours at the Udvar-Hazy Center >
Get Hands On
Learn by doing! Fly a paper airplane, plan a mission to Mars, or climb inside a Cessna and work the controls. School groups can reserve a variety of Science Demonstrations, Discovery Stations, and Learning Labs.
Museum in DC >
Udvar-Hazy Center in VA >
Hear a Story
Sit back and let our educators read you a story of flight in this activity designed for young learners.
Grades: Pre-K through 3
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Group Size: 20 or 25 maximum
Story Times at the Museum in DC >
What does it takes to become an astronaut ready to fly a mission to Mars? Find out with
Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy, a free alternate reality game at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
Learn About Astronaut Training >
Reserve for groups larger than 15 >
Be Your Own Guide
We have educational activities scheduled throughout the year. Check out our calendar to see what's going on now.
Learn More >
Engage in STEM
Have 30 minutes? Join us for a live, fast-paced webcast designed to increase student interest in STEM. Contribute online or join a live filming at the Museum in DC.
Get STEM in 30 >