Field Trips

The Springfield Museums do what few other museums can. We combine art, history and science into one fun-filled day of engaging experiences that reinforce critical thinking and observation skills through inquiry-based learning. We offer a broad range of school programs for all grades and interest levels and all programs link directly to the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks and help students prepare for standardized testing.

Field trips require a two week minimum advanced notice.

By Category

Science Field Trips

Social Studies & History Field Trips

Art Field Trips

Simple Machines
Simple Machines
Simple Machines

Explore simple machines using wheels and axles, pulleys, levers, wedges, inclined planes and screws. Through demonstrations, students will investigate simple and complex machines and explore how they make work easier. Grades 1-3 Program length 1 hour. Capacity 30. .

Then & Now: Life At The Turn Of The Century
Then & Now: Life at the Turn of the Century

Students become historians as they interpret early-20th century history by examining Indian Motocycles, Rolls Royce automobiles, Milton Bradley games, and Barney ice skates. In addition to a “then and now” scavenger hunt, students handle real historic artifacts and work on…

Charge It!
Charge It!

Learn how a Van de Graaff generator sets a classmate’s hair on end! Students will explore static vs. current electricity and simple circuits as well as experiment with conductors, insulators and magnets in this station based program. Grade 3-5 Program…

Experience Africa
Experience Africa

Experience the culturally and biologically diverse continent of Africa through stories, instruments, games and authentic African clothing. Students also journey through African Hall on a safari to see, hear and experience the wilds of Africa. Program length 1 hour. Capacity…

Simple Machines History Activity Charge It African Dress And Instruments

Museums on the Go!

Expand your classroom with our traveling outreach programs. No permission slips or buses needed— our Museums on the Go! educators come to you! In addition to our standard program offerings, our Museums on the Go! team can create a customized outreach visit for your troop meeting, science fair, or community night.

Early Enrichment Days

Each day consists of a different theme and focus, wherein students will participate in hands-on activities, interactive gallery games, crafts, museum exploration and much more! Most appropriate for children ages 3-6.

Early Enrichment Days require a two week minimum advanced notice.

Teacher Workshops

The Museums host a number of educator workshops and professional development events for teachers each year.

To hold your own workshop at the Museums, email lcienciwa@springfieldmuseums.org (art and history) or kmerrill@springfieldmuseums.org (science).

Family Nights

Are you looking for a fun and educational way to build your schools sense of community? Look no further! Spend an evening exploring the Science Museum’s exhibits, participate in hands-on activities, and view a planetarium show!

For more information or to schedule a family night, email kmerrill@springfieldmuseums.org.