Field Trips | The DoSeum

Field Trips

Joyful Learning & Discovery Await!

Visiting The DoSeum allows your students to engage in STEM, the arts, and early literacy! We aim to partner with educators by creating experiences that align with students’ needs and by providing experiences that ignite learners’ passions and curiosities.

The DoSeum actively supports the teaching and learning of local educators and their students, which is why we welcome school groups to engage with our exhibits and programs. We have created accessible opportunities for children to interact with our educational and play-based space. A DoSeum Field Trip aligns to students' needs in STEM, the arts, and early literacy.

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Recommended Ages
Birth – 11 years
Older groups will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Availability
Field Trips can be scheduled during our regular Hours of Operation.
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Group Size
15 - 150 visitors
Chaperones and Educators should be included in group size. Larger groups will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Field Trip Rate
•     $10/ Student
•     $10/ Adult (18+)

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Field Trips at The DoSeum

Every visit to The DoSeum is an educational one! We welcome school groups, scouts, camps, and other organizations to visit us for a self-guided exploration of our museum galleries. Our exhibits are thoughtfully designed to accommodate various ages, interests, and developmental stages from birth to age 11. 

 

Exploration Field Trips
Self-guided experiences that allow you to explore the whole museum based on your own learning goals.

 

Adventure Field Trips
Coming Soon!
Your students will take a deeper dive into a specific subject as they explore our exhibits via an immersive, guided experience. Current offerings are themed on math and early literacy.

 
Request a Field Trip
 

All children visiting with groups must be accompanied by adults while visiting The DoSeum—we require 1 adult chaperone for every 5 children. Chaperones are responsible for children’s behavior at all times.

Field Trips should be scheduled at least one month before your visit date.

 

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

Bring The DoSeum into your classroom—in school or at home—with Virtual Field Experiences and other online resources. The DoSeum’s education team has created opportunities for you and your students to engage in our unique brand of joyful learning and discovery. Like all DoSeum programs, these offerings are rooted in constructivist principles and active, student-led inquiry. Virtual Field Experiences are teacher led using resources created by DoSeum educators. All DoSeum Virtual Field Experiences are TEKS aligned. Virtual Outreach visits are live-stream sessions with DoSeum educators who will lead you and your students through interactive learning experiences.

Please note that, due to state sales tax laws, DoSeum VFEs are only available for purchase within the State of Texas.

To book a Virtual Field Experiences or for more information about our Virtual Field Experiences or Virtual Outreach, please contact Chris Navarro via email at CNavarro@thedoseum.org.

 

DoSeum For All scholarship funding is not available at this time — we apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information about our Field Trip opportunities, please see our Field Trips FAQs or contact Helen Anderson via email at handerson@thedoseum.org.

Field Trip FAQs

How much does a visit cost?

  • $10/student
  • $10/required chaperone (we require 1 adult for every 5 children)
  • $10 for each additional chaperone
  • $10 for each additional child (younger or older siblings accompanying caregivers)
  • Minimum 15 people

Note: DoSeum Memberships can be applied for adults and additional children. Member students must be paid for through the school. We discourage caregivers from bringing extra children not directly involved in the Field Trip (e.g., younger siblings). We understand that this situation is sometimes unavoidable, however, and these children will be free if they are on a Membership.


Can we visit The DoSeum Store during our Field Trip?

Many children enjoy purchasing a “memory” souvenir of their visit to the museum. The DoSeum Store offers a wide range of low-cost DoSeum related items. We are always excited to see children in the store and welcome them with their caregiver or chaperone. If you would like to bring your group to the Store, please indicate so on the Field Trip Request form.


How many students and chaperones can attend a visit?

A Field Trip should not exceed more than 125 children per school/group. If your group is larger, please contact us and we will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Field Trips require 1 chaperone for every 5 children (chaperones include teachers and must be 18 or older). For an improved Field Trip experience, please organize and assign your chaperone groups (groups are made up of 1 adult and 5 children) before you arrive. Teachers will receive suggestions for how chaperones can support students in Adventure Field Trips.

All students and chaperones will typically travel with their classroom teacher. For large groups, dividing classes into smaller groups can be helpful. Adventure Field Trips will require large groups to divide into smaller groups.

Additional adults and children accompanying your group will be required to pay separately at the admission rate discussed above. 


What does a Field Trip look like?

Visiting The DoSeum allows your students to engage in STEM, the arts, and early literacy. We aim to increase educator capacity by creating experiences that align with students’ needs and by providing experiences that ignite learners’ passions and curiosities. At The DoSeum we offer two experiences for you and your learners:

Our Exploration Field Trips are self-guided experiences that allow you to explore the whole museum based on your own learning goals. Need help? Click here to download our  Field Trip Guides – free resources that align our exhibits with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

With our Adventure Field Trips, your students will take a deeper dive into a specific subject as they explore our exhibits via an immersive, guided experience. Current offerings are themed to math and early literacy.

  • The Spy Among Us (Math; Grades 3 – 5) - Maximum 120 students
  • Alphabet Avengers (Literacy; Grades K – 2) - Maximum 60 students.

What information do we need for transportation?

The DoSeum’s is located at 2800 Broadway (San Antonio, 78209). Groups may load and unload in the designated Bus Drop-Off & Pick-Up Zone on Humphrey Avenue. Parking for buses is available on Margaret Street just around the corner. DoSeum staff will meet your group to assist you during drop-off. Please plan for busses to pick up your group in front of The DoSeum, where you dropped off your group, at the time arranged between you and The DoSeum.


How do I reserve a Field Trip?

The earlier you make your reservation, the better chance you have of visiting The DoSeum on the date you request. To make a reservation request, complete the Field Trip Request form. Reservations cannot be made by leaving a voicemail or by phone. Once we have this reservation request, a DoSeum staff member will email you to confirm your reservation.


How can I pay for my Field Trip? When is payment due?

We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards. We do not accept purchase orders. Be prepared to make a single payment for your entire group upon arrival. The DoSeum cannot split ticket sales (receipts) for any group. We can, however, process different payment methods on one ticket sale.

We do not issue refunds for amounts $50 or less. If your refund due is over $50, a check will be sent to the address on the original check (unless otherwise specified) within 30 days.


I'm part of a home-schooling group. Can we book a Field Trip?

Absolutely! We welcome all students and educators who fall within our Field Trip age range (3-11 years old).


Are there special rates for Title I / economically disadvantaged groups?

Update: At the moment, we are not currently offering scholarships under the DFA program.

The DFA program is designed to provide all students and schools in the San Antonio area access to our quality programming. DFA will provide free admission to up to 75 students from each qualifying campus per school year and up to 15 adults (teachers, chaperones). Please note: If your school or organization brings more than 90 students and 18 adults, the standard Field Trip rates will apply for the additional students/adults. DFA will also reimburse schools up to $300 for bus transportation.

Schools may apply for funding if they meet the following criteria:

  • 80%+ Title 1 students (based on Title 1 qualifications from Texas Education Agency)
  • Specialized programs to advance students in STEM, the arts, and/or literacy

Note: Not all groups who qualify are guaranteed to receive funding. Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis


May we eat lunch on-site at The DoSeum?

If space is available, a 30-minute reservation is our theater is available for an additional fee of $75. This fee covers custodial and facility rental costs. Food is not provided. Groups that choose to forego use of this space typically return to school for lunch or use Lions Field across the street. DoSeum staff is not available to escort groups across Broadway to Lions Field.


Can caregivers stay and play at The DoSeum with their children after the Field Trip is complete?

Yes! Caregivers are more than welcome to stay at The DoSeum with their children after the Field Trip is complete. Caregivers wanting to do so will need to communicate with their child’s teacher beforehand to ensure that school policies for withdrawing the child from school are followed. Caregivers and child(ren) need to get a wrist band from the front desk if they plan to leave and then return to The DoSeum. 

Museum Behavior

Upon arrival, your group will receive an orientation on DoSeum etiquette. In the museum we… 

1)    Walk and Talk: Let’s use our walking feet and inside voices when at The DoSeum. Please refrain from running or shouting.

2)    Share and Take Care: Please be mindful of other Guests and their ability to also play in The DoSeum. Remember to share the exhibit toys and space with other people. And please return items where they belong before you go to a new area. Respect museum exhibits and facilities.

3)    Stay and Play Together: Let’s stay together. Ensure that a chaperone stays with children in your group at all times. This is a chance for children to teach adults how to play and have fun! 

Learn more and please review our full Guests Code of Conduct.

 

RESERVING YOUR FIELD TRIP

  • Group Reservations are only made online through our webpage: www.thedoseum.org/fieldtrips
  • Groups may only reserve visits  during The DoSeum’s regular business hours. 
  • Group Reservations cannot be made for Tuesdays or holiday weekends.
  • The group fee of $10.00 per person applies to a reservation of 15 or more people. The maximum is 150 total, including both children and adults, pending availability. 
  • Groups of 15 or more require reservations, excluding families. Larger families do not need to schedule a group visit.
  • All reservations must be made no later than 1 month before the scheduled date of visit.
  • We require a 1 week notice for cancellation of the Group Visit. Failure to do so may restrict future visits to The DoSeum.

PAYMENT ON ARRIVAL

  • We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards. We do not accept Purchase Orders. 
  • Be prepared to make a SINGLE PAYMENT for your entire group upon arrival. Please have an accurate count of your adults and children, ages 1 year and up, before you arrive. 
  • The DoSeum cannot split ticket sales (receipts) for any group. We can, however, process different payment methods on one ticket sale. 
We DO NOT issue refunds for amounts $50 or less. If your pre-issued check is over the amount owed by $50 or less, your change will be used as a donation to our DoSeum for All fund to underwrite visits for low-income children. If your refund due is over $50, a check will be sent to the address on the original check (unless otherwise specified) within 30 days.