Plan a Group Trip

Planning a field trip involves a lot of planning, no matter where you come from and when you visit. Read below to ensure a smooth visit.

Entering the Museum

Carry as little as possible (backpacks, bags, etc.) as security checks are now required of Museum visitors.

During Your Visit

Floor plans can be found on our "Navigate the Museum" page.


To ensure student safety, students must be supervised at all times. It is vital that chaperones and teachers accompany students while in the building, both to monitor behavior and to ensure students' safety.

Some Simple Rules

To ensure the enjoyment and safety of all Museum visitors, please share these rules with your students and chaperones:

Lunch Options

Very Limited Food Service:

The Museum’s cafeteria is currently closed for renovation. A light menu is available at Café Natural on the ground floor. Seating is extremely limited. Outside food is prohibited in the Museum.

There are no provisions for groups to eat bag lunches in the Museum.

Lunches may be stored in large plastic bags or coolers in the check rooms off the Rotunda and the Constitution Avenue Lobby (no refrigerated storage available). Groups may picnic on the Mall.

School Groups

To begin planning a school group trip to the Museum, visit: