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Group Tours

The Michigan State University Museum is a museum of natural and cultural history. Each year we welcome more than 20,000 school children and other groups. Please help us coordinate groups and enhance your visit by contacting the tour coordinator at least four weeks before your visit.



The Michigan State University Museum is open daily and is handicapper accessible. Groups of 10 people or more must schedule visits through the tour coordinator at 517/432-1472, or FAX 517/432-2846

Before You Arrive

  • Arrange to bring one chaperone per ten children.
  • Review expectations for learning and behavior at the museum with students and chaperones.
  • Plan classroom activities as an introduction and follow-up that require careful observation, creativity, and thought.
  • Younger children can draw or describe a favorite exhibit.
  • Older students can describe, interpret, or compare exhibits related to classroom subjects.
  • Contact the tour coordinator for more ideas.

You can download the Museum Challenge here

When You Arrive

  •  If you are going to be more than fifteen minutes late, please contact the tour coordinator.
  • Purchase parking permits for visitor spaces at the Museum Store ($1.50 for two hours.)
  • Remind bus drivers to park in designated spaces at the Breslin Center.
  • Plan visits to the restroom at the start or end of your visit.

You can download a Campus Map here

Self-Guided Tour

Most of our tours are self-guided. This gives you the opportunity to visit exhibits at your own pace and focus on specific topics of your own interest. Plan on spending at least one hour.

You can download a Museum Map here

Guidelines for Chaperones

  •  Set an example for your group. Be interested, involved, and enthusiastic.
  • Stay with your group at all times. Keep your group together and focused on the tour guide or class assignment.
  • Encourage questions and reactions from each child but discourage interruptions and side conversations.
  • Plan visits to the restroom and coatroom at the start or end.
  • Our high ceilings amplify noise, so encourage students to speak at an "indoor level."
  • Most exhibits are not 'hands on;" some objects are fragile. Touch only exhibits with 'touch -me" signs.
  • Visit the Museum Store in small, supervised groups.
  • If students need a break, visit the Orientation Theater on the ground floor for a few minutes.
  • Stairs and hallways can get crowded, so be sure not to congregate in these areas.
  • If you visit the Museum store, please help us regulate traffic flow by coordinating small chaperoned groups.
  • Enjoy yourself and visit again!

You can download Chaperone Guidelines here


Visit the Museum Store

  • A visit to the Michigan State University Museum Store will enhance the visit and lets students bring a bit of the museum home. A variety of educational merchandise ($.25 to $200.00) is available.