Any group traveling by bus or with more than 10 students must schedule a visit in advance. We cannot guarantee admission for groups without reservations. Reserve a visit by submitting a request form below.

Self-Guided Exploration is an opportunity to provide a powerful, hands-on experience for students, teachers and chaperones that is driven by a strong learning agenda rooted in play-based, inquiry-driven experiences. During Self-Guided Exploration, every 5 students are assigned school-provided chaperone, then we “hand the reigns” to the students to explore the ENTIRE museum at their own pace and following their own interests. Unlike Thinkery’s Guided Tours, this empowering learning opportunity includes access to all museum galleries, plus special STEAM demonstrations and Thinkery-facilitated hands-on activities in program rooms that are designed to connect back to classroom learning objectives. So no matter when your class visits, you’re students will have hands-on STEAM experiences that reinforce and build upon current classroom learning. Self-Guided Exploration at Thinkery includes our skilled education team actively interacting with students and chaperones to inspire creativity, curiosity and discoveries.

Galleries, demonstrations and activities are aligned to Texas Education Agency guidelines for Pre-K–5th grade. A typical visit is 2.5 hours, though teachers may choose the time they prefer to leave.

For a safe and comfortable experience, Thinkery School Programs requires 1 adult chaperone for every 5 students; chaperones within the 1:5 ratio will receive complimentary admission. Additional chaperones (more than 1:5) and siblings will be charged $10 each and will purchase admission on the day of the visit.