Large School Group Programming

During the school year, we offer free large group programing for 200-500 students in grades 6-12. In order to best accommodate these requests, large group programing is offered one Friday a month. All large school group programing must be reserved via our tour and reservation system at least 6 weeks in advance of the anticipated visit.

What Programs Will Be Provided…..

Large group programing consists of 5 docent lead spotlight tours, 5 discovery stations and a gamified scavenger hunt where students will compete against each other to answer/solve various questions. (Students will need to use their mobile devices to complete the scavenger hunt) Students that answer a set number of questions will be given an Apollo 11 mission patch.


Scheduled Time: All activities will be available beginning at 10:30am and will end at 1:00pm. You are welcome to schedule your schools time at the museum to your liking. Some groups prefer to let chaperones and students discover stations based on interest while other prefer to schedule groups to visit stations based on time. If you would like to schedule your student’s time you are welcome to use the following templates as a guide.

Possible Schedule for the Day

Possible Station Schedule

Example of Day Events & Schedules

Group Dining: School groups may not bring their own lunches into the Museum restaurant. Groups who bring food are encouraged to eat on their buses in the parking lot or use the picnic tables outside the Museum next to the bus parking lot. McDonald’s food vouchers are available. Groups may contact Smithsonian Group Sales to make special arrangements.

Food and drink other than bottled water are not permitted in the Museum.

Parking: Bus parking is free. Busses should park in the bus parking lot located next to the picnic area. Individuals who bring their own car parking is available for $15 before 4:00 pm.

IMAX Theaters: Groups of 10 or more receive discounted admission to our IMAX Theaters and Einstein Planetarium, with one complimentary ticket for every 20 purchased (excludes bulk vouchers). General admission, no reserved seating. Discount available for advanced sales only, not valid for same day purchases. Restrictions apply. For show times, visit Title 1 schools are eligible for discounted ticket. For more information please contact Group Sales.

Chaperone Policy: Students must be supervised at all times. The required student-chaperone ratios are:

  • 4th through 6th Grade: 1 adult for every 10 students
  • 7th through 12th Grade: 1 adult for every 15 students

Questions: If you have additional questions that are not answered in the FAQ’s please contact the Air and Space Museums Visitor services desk at 202.633.2563