School Group Visits

Scheduling a Group Visit

To book your school or educational group field trip, please contact Education Administrative Assistant Patty Bowman .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with all of the following information:

  • The desired dates and times of your visit
  • Number of students
  • Number of chaperones
  • Name, address, and phone number of your school or organization (please indicate if your school has Title 1 status)
  • Name, phone number, and email of the person who will be leading the planned visit

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any accommodations for Title I schools? Title I school groups receive free general admission to the museum, and may purchase workshops or admission to the special exhibit at the regular group rate. We occasionally have information about outside bus funding or scholarship opportunities, available .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Do I need to schedule my field trip in advance? Yes. Self-guided visits for school groups (charged at the school group rate) are scheduled Mondays through Fridays and require advance scheduling to ensure availability of gallery space.

How many chaperones do I need? We require one chaperone for every ten students for self-guided and docent guided visits. Chaperones must stay with their groups at all times, including stops at the restrooms and the Museum Store, and are responsible for the group’s behavior while visiting the Museum. The museum staff is not responsible for monitoring the behavior of students. If a staff member must intervene, the Museum reserves the right to ask the entire group to leave the Museum.

Can I bring additional chaperones? Yes.

Are lunch facilities available? The San Diego Air & Space Museum has no indoor eating facilities. There are many beautiful outdoor areas in Balboa Park that are available for picnic lunches. Food and beverages are not permitted inside the Museum; all lunches must be stored on the bus. Occasionally the Admission Desk has room available for lunch storage, but this must be arranged in advance.

Can I request a docent guided tour? Yes. A docent tour can be requested at no additional charge. The tours are capped at 30 students, and are designed for grades 3 and up. Our docents work on a voluntary basis. Occasionally, volunteer staffing can be low; please understand that a requested docent tour will become a self- guided tour if volunteers are not available.

Are there any special instructions I should know before my field trip? Food, drinks, and gum are not allowed inside the museum.

Backpacks, large purses, and similar items are not allowed in the Museum and should be left on the bus or at school. Please be aware that the Museum is open to the public, and we ask your cooperation to ensure that all visitors-whether part of student programs or the general public-enjoy their museum experience.

Encourage your students to be engaged and respectful visitors. Most importantly, encourage them to have fun!

Still have questions? Please contact Patty Bowman at pbowman(at)

San Diego Air & Space Museum

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