Field Trips.

Field Trips.

Self-guided Field Trips are available for grades Pre-K through 12 and include access to all three floors of the museum. MOXI’s playful exhibits focus on physical science, engineering design, and technology and align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). During a field trip visit, students creatively engage in the practices of scientists and engineers as they make observations, ask questions, carry out investigations, construct explanations, define problems, and design solutions.

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Engineering Explorations.

Add a hands-on lesson to your self-guided field trip. These engaging 50-minute labs are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Engineering Design with ties to Physical Science standards. Led by trained MOXI staff, students are invited to help our exhibits design team solve real-world museum problems by collaboratively designing, building, and testing their own creative solutions. The 50-minute Engineering Explorations programs take place in MOXI’s Exploration Lab and are typically available for up to 24 students in grades K-6.

Engineering Exploration add-ons not available during summer field trips.

Riding the Rising Air (K-2)

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Support the design of a new “hovercraft” at one of MOXI’s favorite exhibits: The Wind Columns. Through the engineering design process, students will explore pushes and pulls as they test their craft in MOXI’s exhibit and revise their designs to improve its performance.

Rooftop Drop (3-6)

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In this engineering challenge, students will design and build a device that can deliver emergency supplies to a remote drop zone. But this is no ordinary drop-from-a-ladder challenge–these fabrications must survive a fall from MOXI’s third story rooftop! Using the engineering design process, students will collaboratively test and iterate their way to a safe touchdown.

Capacity: 24 students per lab
Length: 45 minutes
Pricing: Additional $7 per student ($5 for Title I schoolwide schools)

  • Monday – Fridays (except Tuesdays)
  • 10 AM + 11:30 AM*
  • *Exceptions available for single schools booking 3 groups of the same grade band. Labs scheduled at 10 AM, 11 AM, and 12 PM.

Please specify on the Field Trip Reservation Request Form if you are interested in adding one of the Engineering Explorations programs.


Field Trips are available weekdays (except for Tuesdays) from 10 AM – 5 PM during the school year.


Field trip guests* enjoy a discounted rate on admission to MOXI.

Student: $8 ($6 for Title I schools)
Teachers + Chaperones: Free up to a 1:5 ratio (1:7 ratio required)
Extra Chaperones: $14

There is an added fee per student for the optional Engineering Explorations programs.

Student: $7 ($5 for Title I schools)

*In order to qualify for our discounted group rate, your group must have no less than 10 students and no more than 120. MOXI Memberships, teacher educator discounts, and other promotions do not apply to this special program.

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Field Trip Registration Request Form.

Fill out the form below to begin planning your Field Trip Visit.

School Information.

Is your school a Title I school (schoolwide)?

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Teacher Name

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Engineering Exploration Lab (Add-On).

Are you interested in adding a facilitated 45-minute engineering lab for your students?
($7/student; $2 discount for Title I schoolwide schools)
If you have any questions contact or call 805.770.5012.
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Field Trip Policies/FAQ.

General Policies

  • Reservations must be made in advance (minimum of 2 weeks).
  • There must be a chaperone for every 7 children; chaperones are free up to a 1:5 chaperone to student ratio. Any additional adults in the group pay the applicable group rate.
  • No special discounts can be applied for those visiting as part of a group visit or Field Trip. Special discounts include MOXI Membership, educator discount, and/or promotional free passes.

Temporary COVID-19 Policies

  • All guests age 2 and up must wear approved face masks (no bandanas, gaiters, shields) while on MOXI property, including MOXI’s outdoor rooftop/third floor.
  • Video field trip orientation and welcome talks will be delivered virtually to teachers before their visit to minimize student mixing during field trip check-in.
  • Field trip visits are capped at 120 students, with no more than 40 students on each floor at any given time.
  • We have increased the frequency and nature of cleaning to meet and/or exceed the guidelines provided by the state of California.
  • Observe and abide by health and safety related signs at entry and exhibits, a limited number of experiences remain temporarily closed.
  • These policies may change as state and local guidance changes.

What does a MOXI field trip include?

Field trips include admission and access to all three floors of the museum, except for the Innovation Workshop. Field trips typically last about 90 minutes (30 minutes per floor).

Who can book a field trip?

Field trip rates are available to all schools and students Pre-K to 12th grade. One chaperone is required for every seven students.

How do I reserve my field trip?

To make a field trip reservation, please complete the Field Trip Reservation Request Form. Once submitted, you will be contacted via email to confirm. Field trips are available Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM, except for Tuesday mornings during the school year.

As a teacher or member can I come for free with a field trip?

All free adults are included in the free chaperones up to a 1:5 chaperone to student ratio. Additional special discounts do not apply to this already discounted program. This includes MOXI Memberships, Educator discounts, and/or promotional free passes.

Can we eat lunch at MOXI?

Unfortunately, we do not allow food or beverages in MOXI and we do not have an area within the museum for field trips to eat lunch. Most of our field trips that bring lunches, eat at the grassy area right next to MOXI or walk down to the grass area or sitting wall at the beach. If you are planning to bring lunches, please leave them on the bus as we do not have refrigeration.

When do I need to pay for my field trip?

We require a $50.00 non-refundable deposit to save your reservation, due within 7 days of booking. The deposit amount will be applied to the balance due. We also accept a P.O. in place of a deposit. The remaining balance is due no later than the visit date. To pay by check, please send it to 125 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101 made out to “MOXI”. To pay by credit card, please call the front desk between the hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 805.770.5000.

Where can we park?

Buses: Please drop off on Kimberly Avenue right behind MOXI (white curb – 3-minute parking).  There is free bus parking on W. Montecito Street, parallel to the 101 freeway. Buses are not permitted to stop on State Street in front of the museum.

Cars: Parking is available at the train station parking lot (City Lot #3, right next to MOXI). The first 75 minutes are free and every additional hour is $1.50. There is limited free street parking nearby. Additional parking can be found in any of the nearby Santa Barbara city lots.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

Field trip deposits are non-refundable. Remaining balance refunds are available for cancellations made 6 weeks prior to the reservation date. Cancellations made less than 6 weeks in advance are non-refundable.

Still have questions?

Contact us at or call 805-770-5012. Phone reservations and assistance are typically available on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM; and Tuesdays-Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.