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We would love to have your school here at the Great Valley Museum. The GVM is unable to provide any free tours or admission to any school. Docent tour-guided Museum School visits are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 9:00am and 4:00pm. After hour tours are available on a limited basis and require an additional fee. Nondocent tour-guided museum visits during our normal public hours require no application or insurance requirements. The museum reserves the right to charge group sizes of 20 or more the group admission pricing listed below. If you plan to bring a large group during public hours, please call ahead of time so we may schedule appropriate staffing.
The Museum Tour last's anywhere from 1.5hrs - 2hrs in length. When your group arrives, we split the group in half. Group A heads into the Discovery Room for our Live Animal Presentation. Group B heads into the museum gallery with a docent, for a docent guided tour. After roughly 45min, the groups switch. Group A will go into the museum gallery with the docent while group B goes to the Discovery Room for the Live Animal Presentation. Example: 70 individuals show up. 35 will be designated as group A and 35 will be designated as group B. When finalizing numbers, please account for teachers and any additional chaperones/attendees, as they are counted for the overall number to determine pricing.
Planetarium shows last anywhere from 45min - 1hr. There are 100 seats in the planetarium. When your group arrives, you will line up in front of the Planetarium in 2 equal lines. We will usher you into the planetarium where you will receive a brief presentation of the overall aspects of the Planetarium, then you will watch the show that you have chosen. Please see previews of current shows by clicking here. When finalizing numbers, please account for teachers and any additional chaperones/attendees, as they are counted for the overall number to determine pricing.
A combo consists of pairing up the Museum Tour/Live Animal Presentation and the Planetarium Show into a 2.5hrs - 3hr adventure. There is a discount given to groups that choose the combo option. At this time we DO NOT have a rotation that has the group split 3-ways between the Museum Tour - Live Animal Presentation - Planetarium Show. When finalizing numbers, please account for teachers and any additional chaperones/attendees, as they are counted for the overall number to determine pricing.
Please note that while our planetarium can seat 100 individuals, our museum tours can only accommodate up to 70 (this includes teachers and parents). Schools that are museum members receive a 25% discount rate from the prices below. You can check our membership page here for more benefits and information.
|up to 40||$200.00||$280.00||$432.00|
|41 - 70||$300.00||$380.00||$612.00|
|71 - 100||Not Available||$480.00||Not Available|
Payments can be made with credit card or check. Credit cards can be taken by phone or in person. Checks should be mailed to Great Valley Museum, Modesto Junior College, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto, CA 95358.
The Stanislaus Partners in Education has a grant for such activities. Click here for more information.
Great Valley Museum
Science Community Center
MJC West Campus
2201 Blue Gum Avenue
Modesto, CA 95358
209 575-6466 fax
|Tuesday||9 to 4|
|Wednesday||9 to 4|
|Thursday||9 to 4|
|Friday||9 to 4|
|Saturday||9 to 4|
Parking on the MJC campus is $2 Monday - Friday. Please bring small bills. Parking is free after 5 pm on Fridays and all day on weekends. Please check our planetarium page for planetarium show times.