Visit our Planning a School Visit
page for information about scheduling programs or download a Gallery Map
to help plan your day.
Tuesdays through Thursdays: 11:30am-1pm
Please adhere to stated self-guided hours. Classes arriving before 11:30am Tuesday through Friday or staying past 1pm Tuesday through Thursday will not be permitted in galleries where instructed classes are in progress.
Please bring one adult for every 10 students.
Museum Treasure Hunt
FREE with your program or self-guided visit!
Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12
A general tour of the galleries will turn up hundreds of fascinating objects. But which are the truly unique treasures of the Museum? To make your self-guided visit (or the self-guided time after your instructed visit) an even more effective learning time, request a copy of our Museum Treasure Hunt. Our general worksheets guide your students in a search to explore, investigate and analyze the Museum’s outstanding treasures. Please request worksheet masters when you make your reservation.
Smead Discovery Center
FREE with your program or self-guided visit! No reservations required. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-4:30pm Wednesday 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-4:30pm.
Bring your students to explore our hands-on learning center on the Museum’s lower level. We have activities for preschoolers and “brain buster” puzzles for students who need a challenge. Staff are always on hand to answer your questions and enhance your experience. Our activities complement the Museum’s traveling and permanent exhibits and are suitable for all ages.
Touch more than 60 hands-on fossils, minerals, rocks, shells, animal skins, and cultural items.
Observe live animals, such as amphibians, insects, and arachnids.
Dig and uncover dinosaur bones, footprints, and other fascinating fossils in our Fossil Dig.
Try out our kid-friendly microscopes and discover the natural world up close.
Play a Bird Song Piano. Listen to and view 36 Ohio bird species as you press each key on the piano.
Adults must stay with and supervise their students and/or children at all times.