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Museum Hours: Open Tues. - Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We will be closed on Thanksgiving day, and will reopen at 9:30 on Friday, November 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Museum Hours: Open Tues. - Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Group Visits & Field Trips


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Group Rates
Hours & Schedule
Options & Add-Ons
Chaperone Policy
Group Memberships
 Upcoming Visits


Book a Visit

If you are ready to make your group visit reservation, you can book online at any time. To book by phone or email, or if you still have questions for our registration team, you can reach us by phone at (608)354-0156, or by email.

Advance booking is required to qualify for a group rate; we make an effort to accommodate every group, but a minimum of two weeks notice on all bookings is appreciated.

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Group Rates

The standard group admission rate is $5 per child, and is available to groups of 10 or more with an advance reservation.

Reduced rates, ranging from $1 to $4 per child, are available for qualifying groups. Groups affiliated with public and charter schools in Wisconsin and Illinois will be automatically assigned a reduced rate, based on their level of need. Reduced rates are determined using statistics published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Illinois Board of Education. Other groups may request the option to apply for a reduced rate during the booking process.

Adult chaperones are admitted free of charge, up to a ratio of one adult for every three children. Additional adults beyond the complimentary allocation will be charged the same admission rate as the group’s child attendees, including any qualifying discounts or subsidies.

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Hours & Schedule

Group visits may be booked between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. during general admission hours. We request that all group visit arrivals be booked on the hour or half hour.

Group visits are two hours in length, and all visits include a brief orientation with a museum staff member.

For groups visiting during mealtimes, please note that the museum does not have a lunch room or cafeteria that can accommodate meal or snack breaks during group visits. You will receive a list of recommended meal venues outside of the museum during the booking process. The museum is unable to arrange meals or eating areas for visiting groups.

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Options & Add-Ons

Standard group visits are self-guided, and allow for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes of free play, after group orientation. Groups may choose to add on a guided activity and/or additional tour time at an additional per-child fee.

Guided Activities

Guided program tours may be added for an additional fee of $2 per child. Please see our menu of program tours for more information about subjects and recommended age-levels. Program tours are a perfect complement to classroom curriculum, and support the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards and interdisciplinary learning guidelines by blending art, STEM, environmental studies, and social studies. All tours are available between March 1 and June 15; tour offerings may be limited during other seasons.

Additional Time

Additional tour time may be purchased at the rate of $1 per child per hour, up to a maximum additional fee of $2 per child. Groups that elect to add on 2 hours of additional time may request to stay longer at no additional charge. Groups of more than 80 children who have requested a program tour may be required to book additional tour time, to ensure that all group members are able to complete the guided activity.

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Chaperone Policy

All groups are required to bring a minimum of one adult chaperone for every 5 children in attendance.

Adult chaperones are admitted free of charge, up to a ratio of one adult for every 3 children. Additional adults beyond the complimentary allocation will be charged the same admission rate as the group’s child attendees, including any qualifying discounts or subsidies.

For questions about the chaperone policy, or to request special consideration, please make a note on the online booking form, or contact us by phone at (608)354-0156, or by email.

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Group Memberships

Group memberships are available for groups of 9 to 100 children, and provide a year of free weekday admission to group members and adult chaperones, up to one adult for every 3 member children. Group memberships are perfect for daycares, scout troops, homeschool co-ops, classrooms, and schools!

To learn more about membership, please see our Group Membership page.

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Upcoming Visits

  • Monday 11/27:
    • 2:30-4:30 p.m.
      • 31 visitors
    • 3:00-5:00 p.m.
      • 18 visitors
  • Tuesday 11/28:
    • 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
      • 108 visitors
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