The DoSeum is San Antonio's only museum just for children where kids learn by doing, creating and tinkering, instead of just looking and listening.
The DoSeum actively supports the work of local educators and their students, which is why we welcome school groups to engage with our exhibits and programming. We have created accessible opportunities for children to interact with our educational and fun space with guidance from DoSeum staff to ensure an optimal experience. A DoSeum Field Trip means partnership with teachers to help find an experience that aligns to students' needs in STEM, the arts, and early literacy. It means joyful learning and discovery through active, student-led inquiry.
The DoSeum offers two Field Trip opportunities: The Field Experience and The Group Visit. Please read the descriptions of both options before determining which is best for your class.
During a Field Experience, kids will engage with one or more of our major exhibit galleries during a themed experience. Field Experiences are offered only for grades Pre-K through 5th. Students will engage with DoSeum educators, their own educators, and chaperones on the exhibit floor for a guided experience. They may also engage in a group learning experience in one of our classrooms, and get time to explore on their own terms.
The DoSeum offers both funded and non-funded Field Experiences. Funded Field Experiences will receive scholarships through DoSeum For All funding. Schools may apply for funding if they meet the following criteria:
We recognize every visit to The DoSeum is an educational one, and welcome school groups, camps, and other organizations to visit us as groups for self-guided exploration of our museum galleries. Our exhibits are thoughtfully designed to accommodate a wide range of ages, interests, and developmental stages from birth to age 11.
Group Visits can be scheduled Monday thru Friday from the time the museum opens until it closes. We require a minimum of 15 people to give the discounted group rate. Group Visits are discounted from our regular admission price at $10 per person. All children visiting with groups must be accompanied by an adult while visiting The DoSeum, and we require 1 adult chaperone for every 5 children. Group Visit reservations must be made before 2 weeks of the requested visit date, and can only be made by completing our online form. To ensure a positive experience for everyone, we will provide Group Visits during the school year with a schedule to follow during their visit. While Group Visits are self-guided, we request groups follow this schedule to avoid overcrowding of our gallery spaces, and a joyful visit for all.
For the 2017-2018 school year, we will be opening applications on Thursday June 1st. Educators who apply between June 1st and July 15th will be given priority in booking. After submitting your reservation request, you will receive a phone call or an email from a DoSeum employee within 12 business days.
To request a reservation, complete either a Seeking Funding form or Fully Funded form. If you complete a Seeking Funding form, be sure that you fulfill the requirements seen above. If you fill out a Seeking Funding form without meeting the requirements, you decrease your chances of being booked.
If you are approved, please review the Field Experience guide we will send you and get ready for a great trip to The DoSeum!
If your request cannot be accommodated at this time, please review our calendar and request for another time when another window opens.
The DoSeum offers a great resource for multiple field experiences for Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students. Schools will be able to use our education guide before, during, and after their experience to ensure that adults can work with children to continue the learning beyond the museum. Educators will be able to customize their experience to connect with one of the museum’s six brand-new, sophisticated exhibit galleries.