Elementary Schools

The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry will be closed to the public Monday, September 2nd, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, September, 3rd at our normal time. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

School group being led by a dental student docent.

Take a bite out of dental education and history!

Paired with dental treasures like George Washington's dentures, a saliva filled tube, and the world's only tooth jukebox, our interactive educational programming promotes the importance of good oral health and healthy food choices while inspiring children to think about the field of dentistry as an obtainable exciting future.

How your visit at NMD can go...
  1. Drop off/Pick Up - The safest and quickest location is the bus stop at the corner of West Lombard and South Greene Streets (522 West Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201). From there, you'll be able to see our large red banner on the corner of our building, and our glass front doors situated behind the fenced-in hill.
  2. Entering the Museum - Once you make it through our glass front doors, you will be in the museum's atrium and entrance area. The point of contact for your group should check-in at the front desk. The rest of the group can place any jackets, lunches, or other items on the tables against the brick wall if necessary, and then gather and sit in the center of the atrium until a museum staff member arrives for the introduction and directions for your visit.
  3. Touring the Museum - For both self-guided and guided tours, a museum staff member will provide an introduction and directions for the museum before your group enters the galleries. For a self-guided tour, once the introduction is complete, your group will be free to explore the museum. For a guided tour, your group will be split into manageable group sizes for the tour guides, and each tour will last about an hour going through the entire museum, focusing on age-appropriate or requested topics for the group.
  4. After the Tour - Your group will have the opportunity, if requested, to visit the gift shop (+20 mins), complete an activity (+15-30 mins), or eat lunch (+30-45 mins), as well as ask any questions about the museum or dentistry to a museum staff member.

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FAQs

How long does a visit to the National Museum of Dentistry last?

Typical visits to the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry last about 1-1.5 hours. Plan for a little longer stay if you'd like to let your students get items from the gift shop, explore the museum on their own, or eat lunch.

How much does a trip to the NMD cost?

Admission for students is $5, while teachers and chaperones receive free admission. If you plan a trip for February or October, however, admission for students is only $2 to celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month and National Dental Hygiene Month.

If you're a Title I school, ask about our Making Schools Smile program, which provides free admission and a bus for Title I schools across Maryland.

Do I or my students need to bring anything?

All you have to bring are some smiles! If you want activity packets or other resources available to your students, make sure to request them before your visit. The NMD will supply any writing utensils and printed materials that you need to get the most out of your visit. If you plan on eating lunch at the museum, let us know in advance so we can have a table set up to store your lunches during the tour.

Do you have a gift shop?

Yes! The NMD has two cases full of dental related toys and products, and your class is welcome to purchase items from the gift shop AT THE END of your tour.

Can we eat lunch at the museum?

Although we do not have food to purchase, your class is more than welcome to bring packed lunches or purchase lunches from nearby restaurants to eat at the museum. During your tour, lunches can be stored on tables in the museum's atrium, which always has a security guard or staff person present.

Can we take pictures?

Pictures are always welcome at the museum! We do, however, request that students do not use phones during the tour. We'd also love to share your visit! If you're interested in sharing your school's oral health pride, have your students fill out and bring this Photo Consent Form to the museum on the day of your visit.

What if our school or district has a delay or closure on the day of our visit?

As soon as you find out, let us know! We are always happy to reschedule, and also understand if a closure or delays means you won't be able to make it to the museum this year due to scheduling. If you paid in advance, you will receive a full refund.

Also, the NMD typically follows the same closures and delays for Baltimore City Public Schools. We will also let you know as soon as possible if we are going to be closed due to inclement weather, and we always put an announcement at the top of our website and on our voicemail.

To make your booking as easily as possible, please follow these steps:
  1. Have an estimated number of students, teachers, and chaperones that could attend this trip.
  2. Have at least two potential dates available when you contact the museum.
  3. Check out how our field trips connect to your curriculum.
  4. When you are ready to book your field trip, complete our online registration form OR contact the museum at 410-706-0600 or pcutter@umaryland.edu.

Once a field trip has been scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email with payment information and additional resources.

Contact Us

For more information about NMD tours, call 410-706-0600 or email pcutter@umaryland.edu.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your tour, please notify NMD as soon as possible. Voicemail and email are available 24 hours a day at 410-706-0600 and pcutter@umaryland.edu.

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