School & Group Field Trips

Visit the North Shore Children’s Museum for a School and Group Field Trip

The North Shore Children’s Museum loves to host school, group, and camps for field trips! Students are guaranteed to have an educational and enriching experience as they visit the NSCM. Our 14 hands-on exhibits provide immediate experiences that apply classroom teachings and allow positive interactions with peers.


To learn more about pricing/fees and how to book your group’s next field trip, please contact Susie Lord at or by calling 978-538-5769.

What You Need to Know about School & Group Field Trips

Field trips are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays in 2-hour blocks. The museum is closed to the public on these days, so field trip participants have the entire museum to themselves! Groups of 40-80 students/chaperones tend to work best, with a suggested ratio of children:adults of 5:1 or less.

What to Expect 

Upon arrival, your group will be greeted by our Programs Manager, who will gather the children and share a bit about the museum, guidelines for engaging with the exhibits, and help chaperones break the children into groups. You’ll then have the opportunity to explore the museum at your own pace. We recommend taking groups of 4-6 children room-by-room, spending 5-10 minutes in each space. In addition, our large party room can be set up for snack or lunch time, if desired.

Field Trip Scholarships

We are grateful to have sponsors fund field trips for local schools. Our Spring 2024 scholarship deadline has passed. Please check back later in the year for any upcoming scholarship opportunities. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram, where all scholarship opportunities are posted.

A Variety of Hands-On Exhibits

During your field trip, you will have access to all 15 of our exhibit spaces, including our party room. Exhibits include sensory space, farm-to-table, bank, outer space,
gross motor, STEM lab, doctor’s office, and get outside! bugs and bees! comics, go fish, and more. Click below for more information about our exhibits.

Field Trip FAQs

How many students can attend a field trip at the NSCM?
Groups of 30-60 students/chaperones tend to work best, but we can accommodate up to 80 per field trip.
How do you accommodate parking for large groups?
Parking is available at several local lots on Central Street, Foster Street, and Mill Street, as well as metered street parking spots. Buses are asked to please drop off and pick up at the loading zone in front of Peabody Insurance (2 Main Street).
Do you have lunchroom facilities?
Our party room may be set up for snack or lunch and seats 24 people. We ask that you notify us in advance if you plan to eat during your visit so we can set up the space appropriately.
How many adults can come to the field trip?
We encourage at least one adult per four children.
What is the role of a chaperone during the field trip?
Chaperones are responsible for all children during field trips and will be asked to sign a consent form prior to visiting.
How do I reschedule or cancel a confirmed field trip?
Please reach out to as soon as possible to discuss rescheduling. Field trips follow the same guidelines as parties.
Can we pay upon arrival or do we need to pay in advance?
Payment is due prior to your visit or upon arrival.
How should we prepare for our visit?
We encourage visitors to look at our website before visiting and even playing one of our promotional videos for your class.
Do you have weekend options?

Interested in hosting a field trip for your organization on a weekend? Consider booking a party slot, which offers you access to the party room and admission for 40 adults/children.

Play to Learn. Learn to Play.