Students at the M.J.C. East Campus

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Contact the friendly Admissions Office staff if you have questions about adding or dropping classes, or filing for pass/no pass.

The Assessment Testing Office administers tests to help you select appropriate courses or satisfy pre-requisites.

International students should start by visiting the International Student Program.

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Always Something Going On

We have some great opportunities for you and your family to enjoy at the GVM.  Check back often as update this page regularly.  Unless noted, there are planetarium and museum admission charges during listed events.

Wild Planet Day

Science activities and presentations for the whole family.  October 10th, 10am – 3pm

Telescope Night

The awesome MJC Astronomy Club offers FREE telescope viewings of the night sky throughout the year, weather permitting!  Dates of upcoming Telescopes Nights can be found here or on the club's FaceBook page:

Next Telescope Night:  August 6th

Saturday Planetarium Shows

Tickets available for purchase in the GVM Nature Shop.  Planetarium shows are not recommended for children under 4 years of age.  Each show is limited to the first 100.  Please plan accordingly as the doors to the Planetarium do not open once the program has begun.  No food or drink is allowed inside the planetarium.  The Planetarium is currently only open to the public on Saturdays.   Check our Admissions/Nature Shop page for programs and pricing.

Live Animal & Bookworm Story Telling

Join us for a morning full of wonderful stories, songs, and some few wiggles!  Live Animal and Bookworm Story Telling run from 10:00am to 11:00am and are free with paid museum admission.  Live Animal sessions are geared for everyone.  Bookworm Story Telling is geared for 3-5 year olds.  *Please note dates and/or subjects may change without notice.

Upcoming Live Animal dates:

  • June 12th
  • June 26th
  • July 10th
  • July 24th
  • July 31st
  • August 14th
  • August 28th

Upcoming Bookworm Story Telling dates:

  • June 19th (Beautiful Birds)
  • July 3rd (Turtles)
  • July 17th (Frogs)
  • August 7th (Oceans-Shells)
  • August 21st (Oceans-Sea Animals)


Gala Night 2015

Guest view the new exhibits in the museum.
gala guests view exhibit
MJC English Instructor Lillian Vallee presenting her essay commemorating the museum.
instructors essay
The keynote speaker for the evening was former GVM Director Joe Medeiros.
Members of the ASMJC group enjoying the evening.

Wild Planet Day 2014

Goat Petting
Goat petting.

Students used some engineering, a drill, and a little help to build a bat box for them to enjoy at home.
Build a Batbox
Students dissecting a squid to learn about the different internal body parts and take home their own personal ink!
"I love strawberries."
Animal Talk

Great Valley Museum

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209 575-6196
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Public Hours

Sunday closed
Monday closed
Tuesday closed
Wednesday 9 to 3
Thursday 9 to 3
Friday 9 to 3
Saturday 9 to 3
Modesto Junior College
West Campus
2201 Blue Gum Ave
Modesto, CA 95358
Parking on the MJC campus is $2 Monday - Friday. Please bring small bills. Parking is free after 5 pm on Fridays and all day on weekends.