Preparing for Your School Program Visit

To prepare for your school program visit, review the full Museum Orientation and Logistics packet. This includes important information about what to do before, during, and after your Museum visit.

Teacher and Chaperone Guidelines

The Museum’s hands-on programming requires the active participation of students and adults alike. We require 4 adults to attend with each class of 25-30 students. If the required number of adults is not present, the program may be altered or canceled.  While Museum staff will provide more specific instructions during the program, the Museum asks adult participants to:

  • Stay with the group. Group leaders, teachers, and chaperones may not leave their class during a program to visit the shop, exhibitions, or café.
  • Participate actively in the program. Listen carefully to the Museum Teacher’s instructions so that you may provide guidance and encouragement to your group.
  • Please keep cell phone usage to a minimum.
  • Remind students of appropriate behavior when necessary (listening to adults and classmates, using indoor voices, being respectful to others and the Museum).
  • Keep their assigned student group together.

Please feel free to share this chaperone guideline sheet with your parent chaperones.

Directions & Parking

The Museum is located at 401 F Street NW (between 4th and 5th Streets). A wheelchair accessible entrance is available through the G Street entrance. The Museum is located across the street from the Judiciary Square Metro (Red Line) and two blocks east of the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro (Red, Yellow, and Green Lines).

When space is available, buses may park in the G Street driveway of the Museum; drivers must remain with their buses at all times.

The F Street doors open at 8:30 am (even though the Museum does not open until 10:00 am). The G Street and 5th Street doors do not open until 10:00 am. If you arrive before 10:00am, you may either wait outside or walk to the F Street entrance.


There are no formal lunch facilities at the Museum; however, students may eat in the Great Hall when space is available. Please be advised that the Great Hall is frequently used for events, during which times children will have to picnic on the Museum’s west lawn or elsewhere.

Visiting the Exhibitions

Only My House, My Home, Architecture 101, and Beyond the Walls include exhibition visits during the program time frame. Please plan on visiting the exhibitions before or after your program if you would like to see more. Your school program includes complementary admission to the Museum’s exhibitions for up to 30 students and 8 adults per program. All visitors will need a wristband to enter any exhibition.

Additional details are outlined in the Orientation and Logistics packet above.

Pre & Post Visit Lessons

Classrooms lessons and activities are provided for you to prepare your students for the content of certain Museum’s programs.

Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

Payment Deadline: If a school does not provide full payment three weeks before the program date, programs will be cancelled.

Rescheduling and Cancellation: To remain in good standing with the Museum, schools must provide written notification of cancellation or rescheduling no later than three weeks before the scheduled program date. If a school cancels or reschedules programs after the three-week deadline, we will be unable to offer a refund, or transfer the program fee to a new program date. To cancel or reschedule a program, please email

Free Programs: If a school eligible and approved for free programs cancels later than three weeks before the program date, the school will be ineligible to book any new programs or attend any already scheduled programs at the Museum for the remainder of the current school year. To become re-eligible for programs during the affected school year, schools may opt to pay for the programs that were cancelled.

Exceptions: If a school’s administration cancels a field trip less than three weeks before the scheduled trip due to a change in school policy, a letter from the principal indicating the change in policy will be required to receive a refund or to reschedule the cancelled program. If a school cancels field trips due to inclement weather or to an unexpected change in the Homeland Security Threat system, the Museum will reschedule the program at no additional charge or provide a full refund.

Late Arrival: The Museum makes every attempt to accommodate each school program; however, if a group arrives more than one hour late, the program will be cancelled.

Museum Closures: Occasionally, the Museum is forced to close unexpectedly or to host unanticipated events in Museum spaces. In this case, the Museum will notify you as soon as possible to reschedule the program or provide a full refund. The Museum reserves the right to cancel programs.

Policies subject to change.