Schedule a Class or Visit

As availability is limited, we recommend that programs be reserved as far in advance as possible. Groups that arrive at the museum for self-guided tours without reservations will not receive the group discount.

Reservations Requests

Please complete the online Reservations Request Form to begin the reservations process. When the request has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the Education Department to complete the reservation. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open.

Following a confirmed reservation, you will be emailed a pricing estimate for your visit, as well information on group transportation and bus parking. Please review the information carefully, and be sure to call us if anything is incorrect.

The reservations desk is regularly staffed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Wednesday betweeen 9:00 am and 11:30 am or Friday between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm., and can be contacted by phone at (617) 495-2341 or email at

Payment Methods

Checks: Single check made payable to Harvard University.

Credit Cards: MC, VISA, or AMEX

Cash: Large bills please.

Purchase Orders: Arrange at least one week before your visit with the Education Department.

Bring payment with you on the day of your visit.

Financial Aid

Learn about grants for field trip expenses through Target Field Trips and the Massachusetts Cultural Council Big Yellow School Bus program.


Notify the Education Department immediately by phone. Groups cancelling within two weeks prior to a scheduled program will be charged the full program fee.


Bus drop-off and pick-up is permitted, but there is no bus parking available at the museum. Refer to your confirmation email for bus and car parking options. 


Chaperones must stay with their students at all times and are responsible for the safety and proper conduct of the group. One adult is required and admitted free for every five students (grades K-8). Contact us about requirements for older students. Adults beyond the ratio are charged $10 each. Please note that reduced admission rates offered for library passes, membership, MTA or Harvard ID holders do not apply.

Lunch options

Your group may eat on the lawn in front of the museum. During inclement weather, groups may eat in our lobby area. Lobby space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sorry, we do not have a snack bar or dining facilities.

The Shop at HMNH

The Shop at HMNH offers many interesting and educational items that can spark curiosity and extend the learning experience. Please have chaperones stay with students when visiting the shop.