Field Trip Roster

Boston Cultural Council (BCC) provides Field Trip Grants,  which fund cultural field trips for children, grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12, by subsidizing the cost of admission to attend programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences (including performances, educational tours, and exhibits). The Field Trip Roster will help public & private school administrators, educators, parent organizations, neighborhood centers, and civic & youth organizations find and learn more about the field trip programs offered by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

Visual Arts

Artists For Humanity


Contact: Andrew Motta

100 W 2nd St.

Boston, MA 02139

Phone: 617.268.7620


Grade Preference: K-12

Primary Subject Area: Arts entrepreneurship

Secondary Subject Area: Science

For over twenty years, Artists For Humanity (AFH) has been empowering and employing Boston teens in a uniquely intensive program of arts, creativity and enterprise. AFH partners youth in small groups with professional artists/designers to design, create, market and sell art products. Teens work within the Artists For Humanity EpiCenter, named one of Top 10 Green Buildings in the country by the American Institute of Architects. Field trip visits include tour of art gallery and studios with discussion of green building technologies.


Boston Symphony Orchestra 


301 Massachusetts Ave.

Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617.266.1200


Classroom Connections

A limited number of BSO Classroom Connections visits are available by competitive application to elementary school classrooms to serve as an additional resource for music specialists and general classroom teachers in their efforts to incorporate orchestral music into their schools. The BSO Classroom Connections program partners with a limited number of elementary school classrooms each season between January and May to present a free chamber ensemble performance in support of the current curriculum. Applications will be weighed against each other based on consideration of geographic equity and the fit between available ensembles and the curricular needs of applying classrooms. Performances will be offered to schools who are committed to attending the 2015 Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall, and will offer either a concert preparation or extension opportunity for schools, based on the full orchestra concert experience.

Program Requirements for 2014-2015:

  • Participation restricted to schools within a 30 mile radius from Boston.
  • Flexibility of concert scheduling is necessary. Due to the BSO rehearsal schedule, performances are likely restricted to Mondays and Friday mornings. Occasionally, an ensemble may be available for a session prior to 9:30am Tuesday through Thursday mornings but that schedule availability cannot be guaranteed
  • Schools are required to acquire tickets and transportation for the participating group to a BSO Youth Concert in February, 2015
  • Application required; schools may reapply each year.

Grade Preference: Elementary

Primary Subject Area: Music

Download an application for participation here.


Youth Concerts:

Geared toward students in grades 4-6, these concerts act as an introduction to the full orchestra experience, encouraging long-term ownership of orchestral music and the BSO, and delivering positive character development messages through each performance led by Germeshausen Family and Youth Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins.
Germeshausen Family and Youth Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads each performance from stage, guiding the audience through The concert experience and delivering age-appropriate messages about character in conjunction with the concert program. Classroom teachers have access to information online that allows them to incorporate the concert experience and repertoire into their regular curriculum

Reservations: Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased by calling SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200, or at the Symphony Hall Box Office. There is a $1.50 handling fee for each transaction.

Students and teachers from the Boston Public Schools are invited to attend any performance listed above for free, subject to availability and with advance reservation.  Reservations must be made via the BSO Education and Community Engagement Department rather than by calling SymphonyCharge.  For more information about BPS tickets and to make BPS reservations, email

Grade Preference: 4th-6th grades

Primary Subject Area: Music

For more information, click here.


High School Open Rehearsals

The BSO’s High School Open Rehearsals Program offers students in grades 8-12 an opportunity to observe first-hand the rehearsal experience of a professional orchestra, building their relationship with and ownership of the BSP and orchestral music, and leaving the experience with a greater understanding of the professional rehearsal process.  High School Open Rehearsals include an opportunity for students to hear and view the conductor from the point of view of the orchestra through a special on-stage screen.

Reservations: Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased by calling SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200, or at the Symphony Hall Box Office. There is a $1.50 handling fee for each transaction.

Grade Preference: 8th-12th grades

Primary Subject Area: Music

For more information click here.


Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

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Contact: Chiara Marsoner, Audience Development and Marketing Specialist


855 Commonwealth Avenue,

Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-358-6015


Grade Preference: K-12

Primary Subject Area: Classical Music

Secondary Subject Area: Live Performance – Music History

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ (BYSO) mission is to encourage artistic excellence in a nurturing environment by providing the highest quality orchestral training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K-12, while making its programs accessible to underrepresented youth through financial aid and outreach.

To achieve these goals, BYSO offers a continuum of orchestral and ensemble training to hundreds of students, ages 6 to 18, with three full orchestras, two young string training orchestras, six chamber orchestras, a preparatory winds ensemble, a chamber music program and the Intensive Community Program, a rigorous string training program for underrepresented youth.  Each year, BYSO auditions approximately 850 elementary and secondary students and accepts nearly 500 musicians.  BYSO prides itself on creating a community for young musicians, their families and the people that support their passion for music.

Theatre & Performance Series

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston


Contact: Brian Dudley


140 Clarendon Street,

Boston MA 02116

Phone: 617.585.5686 (for group inquiries), 617.585.5678 (general)


Grade Preference: Generally middle to high school; depends on performance.

Primary Subject Area: Theater

The mission of the Lyric Stage Company of Boston is to produce entertaining, challenging, and provocative theatrical productions of varying genres and styles that read a wide variety of audiences.

We are happy to offer groups of 10+ students deeply discounted tickets of only $20/ticket, with one complimentary ticket for every 20 tickets purchased. We are happy to arrange group sales during any regularly scheduled program, or, depending on the size of a group (generally 75+ students, depending on production), add a special student matinee during the school day. When possible or requested, we are able to offer “talk backs” with the company and staff members, study guides, or other curricular supplements.

Lyric First Stage 

Lyric First Stage is our summer program for young artists designed to create an environment where, with professional mentors, a company of enthusiastic teens can explore ideas through text, music and movement, and refine their confidence and artistry in a series of workshops and a repertory theatre production experience. Program Director Peter A. Carey leads a group of professional theatre artists and educators to work with a company of young artists. At the end of five weeks, Lyric First Stage presents two plays in repertory at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston: a Shakespearean classic and a musical. We look to the professional theatre world for a model of what we expect from the participants, and what they learn to expect from themselves. All acting participants will be cast in both the musical and the Shakespeare productions – a great way for young actors to challenge themselves and learn new skills.

We welcome young artists aged 14-20 to enroll. Prior theatre experience is not required, but all participants should be willing to take on the responsibilities of being a part of intensive 5 week program. Anyone interested in participating should be self motivated, and engaged. The program is open to participants in acting and stage management. If you’d rather work behind the scenes and learn how a play gets produced, this is the place!  As a stage manager, you will work with a professional in the field to explore and expand your understanding of the back-stage elements of theatrical production.



 Wheelock Family Theatre

Contact: Charles G. Baldwin


180 The Riverway,

Boston, MA 02215 (in the Fenway Cultural District)

Phone: 617-879-2300


Grade Preference: K-3; 4-6, 5-10 (Depends on the show)

Primary Subject Area: Performing ARTS, and Entertainment

Secondary Subject Area: History, Social Justice, Myth and Magic, Personal Discovery and Responsibility, Folktales, Musical Theatre,

2014-2015 Season:

  • ALICE: October 17 – November 16, 2014
  • PINOCCHIO: January 30 – February 22, 2015
  • THE TASTE OF SUNRISE: March 13 – 22, 2015
  • SHREK THE MUSICAL: April 17 – May 24, 2015


School Partnerships

Contact: Kay Elliott 

Phone: 617.879.2252


School partnerships are the fastest-growing program within the Wheelock Family Theatre Education Program. School Partnerships usually begin by framing a public, private, or home school’s attendance at a stage production with a pre- and post-show educational package called a DramaShop.

Participating teachers receive a Wheelock Family Theatre Study Guide before attending the play, with narratives connecting the play to history and/or literature, as well as numerous drama-related activities that are fun to do, connect to specific Massachusetts learning standards, and prepare the students and teachers to more deeply appreciate the play. Each participating student also receives a WFT Partner button that enables him/her to attend another Wheelock Family Theatre production free of charge.

Our School Partnerships often deepen in subsequent years, as the schools and the theatre get to know one another better. Once teachers, administrators, and parents begin to see how students are positively influenced by their interactions with cast members and artist-educators, schools will often ask for classroom workshops, artist-in-residence programs, and teacher professional development.

The goal of every School Partnership is to eventually move from direct services for students to teacher professional development. When classroom teachers develop the ability to infuse drama-related teaching and learning strategies across the academic curriculum, not only does their teaching become energized, but they are better able to serve the needs of ALL students. And their drama expertise resides in the school culture, not outside of it.



Science and Nature Centers 

Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center


Contact: Jean Dorcus, Education Manager


500 Walk Hill Street,

Mattapan, MA 02126

Phone: 617-983-8500 x6903


Grade Preference: K-8

Primary Subject Area: Science in the Natural Environment

Secondary Subject Area: Green Technologies

Mass Audubon offers a wide variety of fun and educational nature-based programs year round for students of all ages. Our award-winning school programs can bring the natural world to you and your students through:

  • Field trips and educational programs that are aligned with Massachusetts Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks
  • Learning experiences at our wildlife sanctuaries, in your classroom, in your schoolyard, or around your local community
  • Professional development and other opportunities for teachers
  • Resources for you and your classroom

For a list of school programs offered through the state, click here.

Museums, Sites, & Societies

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Contact: Julia Brucker


280 The Fenway

Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617.278.5147


Grade Preference: 3-12

Primary Subject Area: Arts

Secondary Subject Area: History

School and Teacher Programs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum provide opportunities for students to make meaningful connections to art.  Our teaching methods use questions to engage students while layering contextual information with students’ observations.  Professionally trained museum teachers facilitate every guided school group’s experiences

Dates and times for tour are often reserved quickly.  All groups must register at least for weeks in advance.  The Museum cannot accommodate student groups for lunch.  Weather permitting, the public parks along the Fenway may be used for a picnic.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Contact: Group Reservations


465 Huntington Avenue,

Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617.369.3310


Grade Preference: Age 2-12

Primary Subject Area: Art

The MFA is one of the world’s great art museums with masterpieces from around the globe and across the ages. Bring your group to the Museum for a self-guided or guided tour of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions.  Guided Tours are student-centered, interactive learning experiences. Gallery Instructors offer guided learning experiences through interactive, object-based discussions in the galleries using art from across cultures and time periods. The tours are designed to engage, inspire and enrich the lives of diverse school group audiences, grades K–12. Each hour-long tour includes 7 to 10 objects from the MFA’s encyclopedic collection.

All MFA Guided Tours support the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Common Core State Standards.

Boston Public School groups are admitted free.

To request a self-guided tour, click here.

To request a guided tour, email


Paul Reverse House  (Paul Revere Memorial Association) 

Contact: Emily Holmes, Education Director


19 North Square

Boston, MA 02113

Phone: 617.523.2338


Grade Preference: 3-5 but can provide experiences for groups of all ages!

Primary Subject Area: History, American Revolution

Secondary Subject Area: 18th century family life, architecture

The Paul Revere House offers interactive educational programs designedto acquaint students with Boston’s long and colorful history. Built in the 1680s for a wealthy merchant, the house became home to silversmith and famous midnight rider Paul Revere during the Revolutionary era. In the 19th century, landlords divided the structure into cramped apartments for immigrant families. Containing remnants of many periods,the house provides a perfect setting in which to explore everyday life from colonial times to the early 20th century.

We begin accepting reservations for the current school year the day after Labor Day. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. We accept reservation requests by phone (617-523-2338) or by fax. Before contacting the Education Department, please fill out a Reservation Request Form.  We do not accept reservation requests by email.

Tours of the Paul Revere House (“site visits”) and hands-on school programs are described in detail below.

Site Visit

For groups walking the Freedom Trail or on a whirlwind tour of Boston, this is the perfect option. Outside the Revere House, a member of the museum staff tells the story of Revere’s ride and presents a brief history of his home. Inside the building, museum staff provide a fascinating glimpse into everyday life for the Revere family, describingt he intriguing furnishings and personal artifacts on display. Plenty of time is available for questions. Pre-visit materials provided.

Time: 30 – 45 minutes
Grades: 1st – 12th
Class Size: Up to 40 people at a time.
Larger groups may reserve consecutive times (30 minutes apart).
Fee: 75 cents per child 5-17, $2.50 per college student or senior over 62, $3.00 per adult

The Man Behind the Myth

During a short slide presentation, children find out what really happened on Revere’s midnight ride. In small groups, students examine letters, advertisements and reproduction artifacts, looking for clues about the man behind the myth. Intriguing details emerge about Revere’spersonality, contributions to the Revolution, large family and manybusiness ventures. An interactive tour of Revere’s house completes theprogram. Pre-visit materials provided.

Time: 1 1/2 hours
Grades: 4th – 7th
Class Size: Up to 22 students.
Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
Fee: $130

Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride: Storytelling Program

Find out what really happened during Paul Revere’s midnight ride.  Watch a short slide show which separates the faces from the myths surrounding the ride, then retrace Revere’s route from his home in North Square towards the Charles River.  Children don hats and carry props as they go, taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British soldiers, rowers, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and others.  Pre-visit materials provided.

Time: 1 1/2 hours
Grades: 1-3
Class Size: Up to 22 students.
Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
Fee: $130

Walking Tour: Paul Revere’s Boston

Explore the neighborhood where Paul Revere lived and worked. This tourincludes stops at the locations of Revere’s silversmith shop andfoundry, Boston’swaterfront, Copp’s Hill Cemetery and outside the Old North Church. Asthey explore the North End, students gather details about Revere’s lifeby inspecting prints and reproduction artifacts, and discover how Revereused Boston’s geography to his advantage. Price includes a tour of theRevere House and pre-visit materials.

Time: 1 1/2 hours
Grades: 3-12
Class Size: Up to 20 students per tour. Two tours may be scheduled concurrently.
Fee: $130

The Revere Children and the Siege of Boston

After his midnight ride, Paul Revere couldn’t return to Boston. What became of his family as patriot forces besieged the city, trying to expel the British troops? Children find out as they take on the roles of Sarah, helping her mother pack to flee the city, and Paul Jr., left behind to guard the house against marauding soldiers. Pre-visitmaterials provided.

Time: 1 1/2 hours
Grades: 3-6
Class Size: Up to 22 students.
Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
Fee: $130

Boston’s North End: The Immigrant Experience

Paul Revere’s North End changed dramatically in the 1800s as Irish, Eastern European, and Italian immigrants settled in the colonial dwellings in enormous numbers. At the City of Boston Archaeology Lab, students examine 19th-century personal care items, toys and kitchen utensils excavated at the Revere House. Each artifact provides fascinating clues about the families who lived and worked in the Revere House when it was a boarding house. On a walking tour through the North End’s twisting streets and alley ways, students hear accounts of children who grew up in the nearby tenements, discovering how they helped support their families by working as “newsies,” trooped to the local bath house with little brothers or sisters in tow, played stickball, and helped tend rooftop gardens. Pre-visit materials provided.

Time: 1 1/2 hours
Grades: 3-12
Class Size: Up to 22 students per tour.
Two tours may be scheduled concurrently.
Fee: $130

Fun and Games in the 1700s

Introduce young children to life in colonial Boston through games popular in the Reveres’ era. Inside the Revere House, students search for beans, thimbles, a bed wrench, and other household items colonial families incorporated into pastimes. Students then try their hands at games such as Snail, Button-Button, Jackstraws, Beast-Fish-Fowl, and Ninepins. Fascinating details emerge about many aspects of daily life. Pre-visit materials provided.

Time: 1 1/2 hours
Grades: PreK-1
Class Size: Up to 22 students.
Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
Fee: $130

Something Special

If you would like to develop a field trip emphasizing an aspect of the past not covered by the programs described in this brochure, please contact the Education Department. We are delighted to help you find the resources necessary to design a program which will best complement your curriculum.


Old South Meeting House


Contact: Tegan Kehoe, Museum Educator and Reservations Manager, or Erica Lindamood, Education Director


Washington St.

Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617.482.6439


Grade Preference: 3rd grade and up

Primary Subject Area: History American History

Secondary Subject Area: English/Language Arts

From outraged protests over the Boston Massacre, to the night Samuel Adams gave the secret signal that began the Boston Tea Party… From the heroic effort to save a grand historic landmark from demolition, to a free speech policy enacted amidst the height of censorship… Experience the dramatic stories and inspiring history of Old South Meeting House.

Click here to download our School and Group Programs Brochure.

Tea is Brewing

(1 Hour version)
Experience the meeting that protested a tax… and sparked a Revolution with the Boston Tea Party! Students bring this pivotal moment in history to life by taking on the roles of Patriots and Loyalists and recreating the fiery tea tax debates of 1773 in the very hall where they took place.
* Teachers receive pre-visit curriculum and materials, including background information and character cards.
Grades: 3rd grade and up
Time: 1 Hour
Group size: Up to 40 students; larger groups can be accommodated with additional preparation
Fees: $8.00 per person
Tea is Brewing: Two-site visit includes Faneuil Hall and Old South Meeting House

(2 Hour version)
Experience the meeting that protested a tax… and sparked a Revolution with the Boston Tea Party! At historic Faneuil Hall, students are introduced to the tradition of New England town meetings.  At Old South Meeting House, students bring this pivotal moment in history to life by taking on the roles of Patriots and Loyalists and recreating the fiery tea tax debates of 1773 in the very hall where they took place.
* Teachers receive pre-visit curriculum and materials, including background information and character cards.
Grades: 3rd grade and up
Time: 2 Hours
Group size: Up to 40 students; larger groups can be accommodated with additional preparation
Fees: $10.00 per person


Phillis Wheatley 

Kidnapped from Africa as a child and sold as a slave in Boston, Phillis Wheatley was the first African American to publish a book of poems in 1773, when she was only about 19 years old. In this interactive program, students will discover the remarkable life and writing of poet Phillis Wheatley, who was a full member of Old South Meeting House.  Hands-on activities include small-group exploration of primary documents and artifacts, and writing with a quill pen and ink just as Phillis did!
Grades: 3rd grade and up
Time: 1.5 Hours
Group size: Up to 30 students
Fees: $8.00 per person
From Meeting Place to Resting Place

If Bostonians from the 18th century were to visit the city today they would see many changes, but they would recognize both Old South Meeting House and the Granary Burying Ground. Explore these two important colonial places in the heart of downtown Boston – Follow a set of clues to learn about some of the people who attended Puritan church meetings at the Meeting House in the 18th century, then visit the Granary Burying Ground to search for gravestone symbols and see the final resting place of many famous Bostonians.
Time: 1.5 hours
Grades: 3rd grade and up
Group Size: Up to 30 students
Fees: $9.00 per person

Above Old South Meeting House school programs meet Massachusetts Frameworks for History and Social Science and English/Language Arts.

Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket

Contact: Samantha Gibson


Museum Address: 46 Joy Street, Boston, MA

Mailing Address: 14 Beacon Street, Suite 719, Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617-725-0022 ext. 214


Grade Preference: K-12, College

Primary Subject Area: History, Social Studies, Civics, Literacy

Secondary Subject Area: Archaeology, Debates 

Education programs at the Museum of African American History engage learners of all ages by presenting and interpreting the authentic voices and stories of 18th- and 19th -century African Americans. At every opportunity, we invite students and visitors to interact with primary sources in our collections and exhibits in order to promote a lifelong passion for history and citizenship.

Communities of Freendom

Young learners become community explorers, using our historic buildings, exhibits, and images to identify the many vital components of Boston’s historic black community on Beach Hill.  Students use historic images and contemporary photographs to compare “then and now” before diving into Beacon Hill’s past to learn about the people, places, and activities that made the 19th-century neighborhood a powerful, strong community.

  • Grades: K-3
  • Group size: up to 30
  • Fee: $250

The Abiel Smith School Classroom: Giant Steps in a Small Space

The Museum’s Abiel Smith School was built in 1835 as the first building erected in the country for the sole purpose of housing a black public school.  Susan Paul, the daughter of the Reverend Thomas Paul, the first minister at the African Meeting House and Catherine Paul, an educator, was a teacher at the Smith School and an abolitionist.  This interactive workshop provides today’s students with an opportunity to experience what it was like to go to school in 1835-1855 through a live historic interpretation of Susan Paul in the actual Smith School classroom.  Taught by Susan Paul, the participants will learn how students learned to read, spell, cipher, and recite in the 1800s and compare what they learn today in their own classroom experience.

  • Grades: 3-7
  • Group size: up to 30
  • Fee: $250

Pre- and post-visit curriculum packet available.

Dig and Discover

In a hands-on, interactive workshop, students become Junior Archaeologists as they examine and identify actual artifacts based on the findings of archeological studies at the Museum’s campuses.  Students will be challenged to estimate an object’s time period of the origin and make inferences about its use.  Finally, the young archaeologists will craft a story and learn about the lives of people in the past using their artifacts as evidence.  Each program is adapted by grade level and may include components such as sorting objects by time period, classifying artifacts, or applying archaeological methodology to a simulated dig site.

  • Grades: 3-12
  • Group size: up to 30
  • Fee: $250

They Spoke Here: Abolitionists’ Debates

Using the authentic words from primary source materials, students form teams to debate a significant issue using historic lectures and meetings held by antislavery societies, debate clubs, and women’s groups at the African Meeting House before the Civil War.  Students learn debating rules while presenting and defending issues and arguments in this format.

  • Grades: 10-12 and College
  • Group size: up to 30
  • Fee: $250+

Underground Railroad Adventure

Celebrate the history and people of the Abolition Movement, illuminating Boston’s connections to the Underground Railroad on Beacon Hill and participate in intellectually stimulating educational activities including a historical reenactment.  Participants spend an evening at the Museum discovering safe houses and key sites along the Black Heritage Trail® where people began their lives as free people on Beacon Hill.  Then, participants dive into the history of the Abiel Smith School and African Meeting House through scavenger hunts and art projects.  This program includes a catered meal.

  • Grades: 6-12, College, Adults
  • Duration: 3-4 hours during the evening (recommended 5:00 – 9:00pm)
  • Fee: $50 per participants

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