Schedule a Class or Visit

As availability is limited, we recommend that programs be reserved as far in advance as possible.

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 2021-2022 school year is ongoing.

Following a confirmed reservation, you will be emailed an invoice for your visit. Please review the information carefully, and be sure to contact us if anything is incorrect. The reservations desk can be reached at hmnhreserve@hmsc.harvard.edu or by calling at 617-495-2341.

COVID-19 Policies for K-12 School Groups

  • All visitors age 2 and older are required to wear masks during your visit. Adults must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR COVID-19 test and a photo ID.
  • Groups are limited to 50 students per entry time. Programs in our education classrooms will be limited to 25 students per session. Groups can schedule two consecutive classroom programs to accommodate all students.
  • There will be no eating or drinking allowed in the museum. We can store lunches/snacks in our coat room and you are welcome to eat outside on the lawn or make other arrangements.
  • All policies are subject to change based on university, local, and national guidance. We will confirm COVID policies within two weeks of your visit.

Payment Methods and Financial Aid

Payment is due on the day of the scheduled program, although payment in advance is recommended.

Payment Methods: Credit cards are the preferred method of payment. Purchase orderns and checks are also accepted.

Fee reductions available for schools with financial need. Please note if this may apply to your school in the comments/questions section of the Reservations Request Form.

Cambridge Public Schools are free.

Cancellations

Notify the Education Department immediately by email hmnhreserve@hmsc.harvard.edu. Groups cancelling within two weeks prior to a scheduled program will be charged the full program fee.

Cancellation due to weather or school shut down/shedule change due to pandemic circumstances will not be penalized. We will make every attempt to reschedule.