Field Trips & Group Visits

Visit the MSU Museum with your class or group. Groups of 10 or more should make a reservation at least 2 weeks before the visit. Choose your group type below.

PreK-12 Field Trips

The Michigan State University Museum welcomes PreK-12 students and teachers. We have a barrier free entrance and can talk with you about your accessibility needs. We encourage teachers and group leaders to contact a museum educator to help plan your visit.

Step 1: Schedule Your Visit

  • Call 517-432-1472 or email to schedule your visit. We recommend contacting us at least two weeks prior to your visit. Visits are normally scheduled between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday. We offer scheduled groups a 5-10 minute orientation to the Museum by a volunteer or Museum staff member.
  • Museum visit format: 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.
  • 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.

MSU Museum Exhibit Map
Museum Accessibility Information

Step 2: Before You Arrive

  • Recruit chaperones: Ask parents, guardians, and other teachers to join you as chaperones. Chaperones should be prepared to help facilitate the students' experience and support the teacher's goal for the visit: Chaperone Guidelines
  • Share bus and parking information: Give bus and parking information to your transportation coordinator, teachers, and chaperones. Information about pay-by-plate and metered parking for campus visitors is available at https://police.msu.edu/parking-services/visitor-parking/. Remind bus drivers to park in designated parking areas on the MSU campus after drop off. Buses must move to the Commuter Lot at the corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope to wait for pick up time.
  • Review visit expectations: Review expectations for learning and behavior at the Museum with students and chaperones.
  • 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.

MSU Campus Map
MSU Museum Exhibit Map
Exhibit Overview for Teachers
Museum Accessibility Information

Downloadable Museum Visit Guides

Step 3: Arrival

  • If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late, please call us at 517-432-1472.
  • Remind bus drivers to park in designated parking areas on the MSU campus after drop off. Buses must move to the Commuter Lot at the corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope to wait for pick up time.
  • Groups should assemble outside the Museum. A group leader should enter at the accessible entrance (see signage) and let us know your group is here. If you have scheduled an orientation, we will meet your group.

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.

MSU Classes and Other Campus Groups

The Michigan State University Museum welcomes MSU classes and other campus visitors. We have a barrier free entrance and can talk with you about your accessibility needs. We encourage instructors and campus group organizers to talk with a museum educator to help plan your visit.

Step 1: Schedule Your Visit

  • Call 517-432-1472 or email to schedule your visit. We recommend contacting us at least two weeks prior to your visit. Visits are normally scheduled between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday. We offer scheduled groups a 5-10 minute orientation to the Museum by a volunteer or Museum staff member.
  • Museum visit format: 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.
  • Cost: There is no admission fee for students, faculty, and staff to visit the MSU Museum.

MSU Museum Exhibit Map
Museum Accessibility Information

Step 2: Arrival

  • If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late, please call us at 517-432-1472.
  • Pay-by-plate and metered parking for campus visitors: Please see https://police.msu.edu/parking-services/visitor-parking/for information.
  • Remind bus drivers to park in designated parking areas on the MSU campus after drop off. Buses must move to the Commuter Lot at the corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope to wait for pick up time.
  • Groups should assemble outside the Museum. A group leader should enter at the accessible entrance (see signage) and let us know your group is here. If you have scheduled an orientation, we will meet your group.

Step 3: 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.

Community Groups of 10 or More

The Michigan State University Museum welcomes community groups. The Museum has a barrier free entrance, and we can talk with you about your accessibility needs. We encourage community group organizers to talk with a museum educator to help plan your visit.

Step 1: Schedule Your Visit

  • Call 517-432-1472 or email to schedule your visit. We recommend contacting us at least two weeks prior to your visit. Visits are normally scheduled between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday. We offer scheduled groups a 5-10 minute orientation to the Museum by a volunteer or Museum staff member.
  • Museum visit format: 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.
  • 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.

MSU Museum Exhibit Map
Museum Accessibility Information

Step 2: Arrival

  • If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late, please call us at 517-432-1472.
  • Pay-by-plate and metered parking for campus visitors: Please see https://police.msu.edu/parking-services/visitor-parking/for information.
  • Remind bus drivers to park in designated parking areas on the MSU campus after drop off. Buses must move to the Commuter Lot at the corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope to wait for pick up time.
  • Groups should assemble outside the Museum. A group leader should enter at the accessible entrance (see signage) and let us know your group is here. If you have scheduled an orientation, we will meet your group.

Step 3: After Your Visit

  • 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 learning.
  • Keep your strong connection to the MSU Museum! Let us know about needs for your next visit or more information.
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