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.

SEAL - Tots Preschool Program

SEAL (Successfully Engaging All Learners) - Tots is an MSU Museum program designed especially for 2- to 5-year-olds and their families, caregivers, and teachers.

  • Borrow a backpack filled with objects to touch, hands-on activities, stories, and games
  • Backpacks provide a science- or culture-themed visit experience
  • For use by families or preschool groups
  • No charge

How to check out a backpack at the Museum

The SEAL - Tots preschool backpack program is self-service for our young visitors and their caregivers.

  • Go to the Education Station on the ground floor of the Museum (next to glass block wall).
  • Choose a backpack tour from the list. 
  • Take the matching color backpack for your tour.
  • Sign the check-out form on the clipboard.

How to arrange a visit for your preschool group

Preschool Student Program (free)

Features the activity backpacks with additional group activities at the MSU Museum. Recommended group size is no more than 15-18 children with at least 4-5 chaperones (contact us to discuss your needs).  Programs include a guided science- or culture-themed museum experience, including games and an art activity! About 1 hour.

To arrange a SEAL - Tots program featuring the activity backpacks for your preschool group (ages 2 to 5), please email us at sealtots[at)msu(dot]edu or call 517-432-1472 .

Sponsored by the MSUFCU.

For visitors with sensitivities to light and sound

Contact us to schedule your program or for more information: Call 517-432-1472 today!

Science Programs

Feathers and Fur: Discover many animals in the museum
. Hands-on specimens and objects. Games and a story to reinforce content. Art activity

Neat Feet: All about amazing feet! Learn about hooves, claws, and talons. Activities about footprints. Hands-on specimens and objects, story, and art activity

What a Change! Examine change through time at the MSU Museum

Culture Programs

Hold It! Explore different containers to hold things
 from around the world: barrels, ceramics, buckets, boxes, and more. Hands-on objects. Games, a story, and art activity

What Are You Wearing? Learn about what people wear around the world: clothing, shoes, hats, and more. Hands-on activities, a game, and a story reinforce learning. Make a Froggy dressing game to take home

The Michigan State University Museum welcomes K-12 students and teachers to experience our science and culture exhibits. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday and has a barrier free entrance. We encourage teachers and group leaders to talk with a museum educator to help plan your visit.

Step 1: Schedule Your Visit

  • 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.
    • Orientation: We offer scheduled groups a 5-10 minute orientation to the Museum by a docent or Museum staff member.
  • Call to schedule your visit: 517-432-1472. We recommend contacting us at least two weeks prior to your visit. Visits are normally scheduled between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • 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. Make checks payable to "MSU Museum" with "Education Team" in the for/notes field or pay by credit card when you arrive.

+ Add a Field Trip Enrichment Program: 30 minute, interactive presentations with hands-on activities designed to extend the program theme to exhibits throughout the museum. Reservations are required and Field Trip Enrichment Programs have a cost of $1 per student ($25 minimum charge per presentation). Ask for details when you register.

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 (download below).
  • 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.

Bus and Parking Information
MSU Campus Map
MSU Museum Exhibit Map
Exhibit Overview for Teachers
For Visitors with Sensitivities to Light and Sound

Downloadable Museum Visit Guides

Step 3: Arrival

  • If you are going to be more than fifteen minutes late, please call us at 517-432-1472.
  • Purchase parking permits for campus visitor spaces at the Museum Store ($2.00 for two hours). Members of your group who park in a visitor space MUST purchase a permit. Please note that parking is limited in front of the Museum.
  • Remind bus drivers to park in designated parking areas on the MSU campus.
  • Groups should generally start their visits in the "Education Station" space on the ground floor. Cubbies are located here for personal belongings.
  • If you have scheduled an orientation, a docent will meet your group.
  • A visit to the MSU Museum Store will enhance the visit and lets students bring a bit of the Museum home. A variety of educational merchandise is available.

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.

The Michigan State University Museum welcomes MSU classes and other campus visitors to experience our science and culture exhibits. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday and has a barrier free entrance. We encourage instructors and group organizers to talk with a museum educator to help plan your visit.

Step 1: Schedule Your Visit

  • 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.
  • Orientation: We offer scheduled groups a 5-10 minute orientation to the Museum by a docent or Museum staff member. Call to schedule your visit: 517-432-1472. We recommend contacting us at least four weeks prior to your visit. Visits are normally scheduled between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • Cost: There is no admission fee for students to visit the MSU Museum.
  • Parking: Parking in front of the Museum is limited. Please see the map for parking information.

MSU Museum Exhibit Map
For Visitors with Sensitivities to Light and Sound

Step 2: Arrival

  • If you are going to be more than fifteen minutes late, please call us at 517-432-1472.
  • Purchase parking permits for campus visitor spaces at the Museum Store ($2.00 for two hours). Members of your group who park in a visitor space MUST purchase a permit. Please note that parking is limited in front of the Museum.
  • Remind bus drivers to park in designated parking areas on the MSU campus.
  • Groups should generally start their visits in the "Education Station" space on the ground floor. Cubbies are located here for personal belongings. If you have scheduled an orientation, a docent 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.

The Michigan State University Museum welcomes PreK-12 school children, MSU class visits, and other community groups to experience our science and culture exhibits. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday and has a barrier free entrance. We encourage group leaders and teachers to talk with a museum educator to help plan your visit.

Step 1: Schedule Your Visit

  • 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.
    • Orientation: We offer scheduled groups a 5-10 minute orientation to the Museum by a docent or Museum staff member.
  • Call to schedule your visit: 517-432-1472. We recommend contacting us at least two weeks prior to your visit. Visits are normally scheduled between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • 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. Make checks payable to "MSU Museum" with "Education Team" in the for/notes field or pay by credit card when you arrive.

+ Add a Field Trip Enrichment Program: 30 minute, interactive presentations with hands-on activities designed to extend the program theme to exhibits throughout the museum. Reservations are required and Field Trip Enrichment Programs have a cost of $1 per student ($25 minimum charge per presentation). Ask for details when you register.

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.
  • Share bus and parking information: Give bus and parking information to your transportation coordinator, teachers, and chaperones (download below).
  • 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.

Bus and Parking Information
MSU Campus Map
MSU Museum Exhibit Map
Exhibit Overview for Teachers
For Visitors with Sensitivities to Light and Sound

Downloadable Museum Visit Guides

Step 3: Arrival

  • If you are going to be more than fifteen minutes late, please call us at 517-432-1472.
  • Purchase parking permits for campus visitor spaces at the Museum Store ($2.00 for two hours). Members of your group who park in a visitor space MUST purchase a permit. Please note that parking is limited in front of the Museum.
  • Remind bus drivers to park in designated parking areas on the MSU campus.
  • Groups should generally start their visits in the "Education Station" space on the ground floor. Cubbies are located here for personal belongings.
  • If you have scheduled an orientation, a docent will meet your group.
  • A visit to the MSU Museum Store will enhance the visit and lets students bring a bit of the Museum home. A variety of educational merchandise is available.

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.
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