Our docent-guided tours give visitors insight into the unique people, aircraft, and spacecraft that made (and continue to make) history. Our docents are highly dedicated experts with an extensive knowledge of air and space history, technology, and interpretive skills.
The tours are designed for Grade 3 and up: younger students are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the museum with their teachers.
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.
Can I request a docent guided tour? Yes. A docent tour can be requested at no additional charge. 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.
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.
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!