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Please note: Before your visit, check the Museum's visitor safety page for the latest on mask-wearing and other guidelines.

Early projectors, Behind the Screen

Self-guided Visit

2 hours (recommended)
5–30 participants

Pay a discounted group admission rate, and explore any of the Museum’s general-admission exhibitions on your own.

Behind the Screen Tour

90 minutes
5–30 participants

Explore highlights of the Museum’s core exhibition on a guided tour with a Museum Educator. The tour is a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses visitors in the creative and technical process of making, promoting, and presenting films, televisions, and other forms of digital entertainment.

Video arcade games + Tut's Fever
Preview slide, The Adventurer, 1917 (Gift of Joseph C. Sweet, Jr.)

Screening America Program

45 minutes – 2.5 hours
5–30 students
$8/student or $9/student with a guided tour
Optional: $175 fee for live musical accompaniment

This hallmark Museum program uses film and television to help teach English, English as a Second Language, and Social Studies. A Museum educator introduces the film or television program and guides a post-screening discussion. Please visit the Screening America page for detailed program offering information. A Screening America program can be coupled with a Behind the Screen guided tour, or a self-guided Museum visit. Please note that Screening America programs are not available on weekend days.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Guided Tour & Screening Program

2 hours
5–30 participants

Along with a guided tour of The Jim Henson Exhibition, students learn about the science, technology, engineering, art, and math behind the creation of imaginary worlds through puppetry, with a screening of clips from Henson's Muppet Show in one of the Museum’s movie theaters. This program is a dynamic complement to any STEAM curriculum.

Temporary Exhibitions Tour

Access to temporary exhibitions is always included in the cost of a self-guided visit. Additionally, the Museum offers guided tours of some temporary exhibitions. Please visit our What's On for information on current offerings.

Installation view Discovery One gallery