Planning Your Visit
The Michigan State University Museum welcomes PreK-12 school children, MSU class visits, and other community groups to experience our science and culture exhibits. The Museum is open daily and has a barrier free entrance. We encourage group leaders and teachers to talk with a museum educator to help plan your visit.
Step 1: Schedule Your Visit
Organizers with groups of 10 or more people should call to register and schedule your visit: 517-432-1472. We recommend contacting us at least four weeks prior to your visit.
- Cost: There is no admission fee to visit the MSU Museum, but we do accept donations. The suggested amount is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.
- Orientation: We offer scheduled groups a 5-10 minute orientation to the Museum by a docent or Museum staff member.
- Self-Guided Visit: Most of our group visits are self-guided. This gives you the opportunity to visit exhibits at your own pace and focus on specific topics of interest to you. Plan to spend at least one hour at the Museum. Talk to a museum educator about ways to get the most from your visit.
- Field Trip Enrichment Programs: 30 minute, interactive presentations with hands-on activities designed to extend the program theme to exhibits throughout the museum. Reservations are required and Field Trip Enrichment Programs have a cost of $1 per student ($25 minimum charge per presentation)
Step 2: Before You Arrive
- Recruit Chaperones: Arrange to bring one chaperone per five students for children Grade 4 and below, and one chaperone per 8 students for children in Grade 5 and above. Share chaperone guidelines with your group (download below).
- Share Bus and Parking Information: Give bus and parking information to your transportation coordinator, teachers, and chaperones (download below).
- Review Visit Expectations: Review expectations for learning and behavior at the Museum with students and chaperones (download below).
- Plan Learning Activities: Your museum visit has so much potential! Plan classroom activities as an introduction and follow-up that require careful observation, creativity and thought. Young children can draw or describe a favorite exhibit. Older students can describe, interpret or compare exhibits related to classroom subjects. Click below for a museum map and more educational resources.
Step 3: Arrival
- If you are going to be more than fifteen minutes late, please call us at 517-432-1472.
- Purchase parking permits for campus visitor spaces at the Museum Store ($2.00 for two hours). Members of your group who park in a visitor space MUST purchase a permit. Please note that parking is limited in front of the Museum.
- Remind bus drivers to park in designated parking areas on the MSU campus.
- Groups should generally start their visits in the "Education Station" space on the ground floor. Cubbies are located here for personal belongings.
- If you have scheduled an orientation, a docent will meet your group.
- A visit to the MSU Museum Store will enhance the visit and lets students bring a bit of the Museum home. A variety of educational merchandise is available.
Step 4: After Your Visit
- Continue to use your MSU Museum visit as a reference in your teaching. Design follow-up activities for your students that feature activities and content from the Museum. Talk to an Education Team member about your ideas and for support with post-visit teaching.
- Keep your strong connection to the MSU Museum! Let us know about needs for your next visit or more information.