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Group Visits & Field Trips

Important info about Group Visits

The museum is a popular destination for school field trips, camp outings, after-school programs, daycare facilities, scout troops, neighborhood centers and more.

Please note that the museum cannot accommodate unscheduled group visits of 12 people or more. Groups arriving without a reservation may be declined admittance or required to pay full-price admission.

Most group visits are limited to 70 individuals (including both children and adults). We have a limited number of reserved times available for visits larger than 70 individuals. We require 1 adult for every 5 children.

Book early! 10 days advance notice is required to qualify for a discounted group rate.  Also, early morning arrival slots fill up the fastest, so book ahead for the best selection.

Mask Policy

Masks Recommended Saturdays; Required all other days

  • Saturdays only: Face masks are recommended but not required. MCM staff will continue to wear masks.
  • All other days: Everyone ages 3 and up must wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth. Masks may be removed in our dining area and outside spaces. Any visitor who refuses to comply with mask requirements may be asked to leave the premises.

policy updated 8/1/2022


2022 Group Visits may currently be booked during these days and times:

  • August
    • Tuesdays 12:30–3:30 pm (latest group arrival time is 1:30 pm)
    • Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9:30 am–3:30 pm (latest group arrival time is 1:30 pm)
  • September
    • Thursdays and Fridays 9:30 am–3:30 pm (latest group arrival time is 1:30 pm)
  • October
    • Thursdays and Fridays 9:30 am–3:30 pm (latest group arrival time is 1:30 pm)
    • Large groups (70+ individuals) only: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 19, 26, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (latest group arrival time is 12:30 pm)
  • November
    • Thursdays and Fridays 9:30 am–3:30 pm (latest group arrival time is 1:30 pm)
    • Large groups (70+ individuals) only: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (latest group arrival time is 10:30 am)

MCM is unable to accommodate group visits during particularly busy seasons, such as school vacations and holidays.

Group visits are two hours in length, and all visits include a brief orientation with a museum staff member. All group visit arrivals be booked on the hour or half hour.

The museum does not have a lunch room or cafeteria that can accommodate lunch breaks during group visits, however the Capitol Lawn across the street is a great spot for a picnic! Another option is to contact the Capitol Basement Lunchroom to see about reserving their dining space for your group. Their space is limited so we recommend calling as soon as possible: (608) 266-0382.

Note: Morning times fill up very quickly so we recommend completing the online booking request form as early in advance as possible.


If you still have questions for our registration team, you can reach us by phone at (608) 256-6445 x 382 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm, Wednesday through Friday, or by email.

Group Rates

The discounted group admission rate of $7 per child is available to groups of 10 or more with an advance reservation.

Subsidized rates are available to organizations enrolled in qualifying government assistance programs. Groups affiliated with public and charter schools in Wisconsin and Illinois will be automatically assigned a subsidized rate, determined using statistics published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Illinois Board of Education. Other groups that are enrolled in government assistance programs not affiliated with the Department of Public Instruction may request the option to apply for a reduced rate during the booking process.

Adult chaperones are admitted free, up to a ratio of one adult for every two children. Additional chaperones beyond this number will be charged the same rate as the group’s child attendees.


Chaperones Required

We require a minimum of one adult chaperone for every 5 children attending. To request an accommodation to visit with fewer chaperones, please reach us by phone at (608) 256-6445 x 382 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm, Wednesday through Friday, or by email.

Adult chaperones are admitted free, up to a ratio of one adult for every 2 children. Additional adults beyond this number will be charged the same rate as the group’s child attendees.


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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