Arrival & Check-In
For the safety of all children and visitors, all buses must use the West Lake Avenue entrance. After turning on West Lake Avenue from Patriot Boulevard, turn right (north) into the first driveway.
The first bank of parking spaces on the right is reserved for bus parking. If all spaces are full, please unload your students at the Group Welcome Center entrance and then pull forward and park along the outer driveway.
School groups enter the Museum through the Group Welcome Center that is located by the bus parking area.
Please try to carpool; we have limited parking available in the Museum parking lot. Check with your school and arrange to arrive at the reserved start time of your school, because the field trip can only begin once everyone has arrived.
Enter through the front door and check in at the front desk once your entire group has arrived.
- If groups arrive early, field trip times will be adjusted to end 1 1⁄2 hours from their actual arrival time.
- If groups arrive late, the field trip time may have to be abbreviated due to scheduling considerations. Please arrive on time to experience all we have prepared for you.
- If groups arrive before or after their scheduled time, there may be a short wait for orientation while other groups are oriented.
- Longer field trips can be arranged for additional charge with prior approval; call (847) 832-6923 for information.