The museum is temporarily closed and will reopen in June! Learn more.

Temporarily Closed

The museum is temporarily closed and will reopen in June! Learn more.

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Group Visits & Field Trips

The museum will reopen to the public June 24, 2021. We will be open for Group Visits on Thursdays and Fridays this summer; additional days may be added for fall.

We will begin booking groups in May for summer and fall visits. Check this page in early May for more details.  

Book a Visit

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

If you are ready to make your group visit reservation, you can book online right now.  If you still have questions for our registration team, you can reach us by phone at (608) 354-0552 between 9:30am and 5:00pm, Monday – Friday, or by email.

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.

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Group Rates

The discounted group admission rate of $6 per child is available to groups of 10 or more with an advance reservation.

Subsidized rates, ranging from $2 to $5 per child, are available to organizations enrolled in 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 three children. Additional chaperones beyond this number will be charged the same rate as the group’s child attendees.

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.

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 program tours are available on Tuesdays and Fridays 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.

Chaperones Required

A minimum of one adult chaperone is required for every 5 children attending.

Adult chaperones are admitted free, up to a ratio of one adult for every 3 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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