Students at the M.J.C. East Campus

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Modesto Junior College


We have some great opportunities for you and your family to enjoy the GVM and enjoy science in a fun, learning, local environment.


Friday, March 20, 2015


Pilot: Dr. Brian Sanders

after MAPS presentation (est. 9 pm.)

ONLY $3.00! Buy your tickets in the Great Valley Museum Nature Shop


Telescope Night

The MJC Astronomy Club offers FREE telescope viewings of the night sky, weather permitting, during the semester.  

There will be an admission charge into the Planetarium and Great Valley Museum during these events.


Upcoming Telescope Nights:

Final night to enjoy the discounted pre-ribbon cutting celebration prices!

 $5 PER PERSON TICKETS! Price INCLUDES admission to the GVM!


 April 3rd 8:10 PM 9:10 PM

Saturday Planetarium Shows

Beginning April 4, 2015

Earth, Moon & Sun 10:00 am
Ultimate Universe 11:30 am
Tour of the Galaxy-Pilot Choice 1:00 pm



Tickets will be available in the GVM Nature Shop.  Each show is limited to the first 100.

Doors to the Planetarium do not open once the program has begun.

Spring Into Science 

Join us for Spring Break! The GVM will be open Tuesday-Friday. Special programs available.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Excellent Eggs 10 am & 2 pm

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Fabulous Flowers 10 am & 2 pm

Thursday, April 9, 2015 Insect Investigation 10 am & 2 pm

Each Special Program is $20, which includes same day museum admission for the child and one adult. 

 Call to register today, (209) 575-6196.

Plus... FREE Al Chemist shows at 12 pm EVERYDAY!


Live Animal & Bookworm Story Telling

Join the GVM for a morning full of wonderful stories, songs and a few wiggles too! Stories may include puppets, flannel graph store and finger plays. It's a wonderful time you will not want to miss! The store hour is geared for 3-5 year old students April 17- May 15 and 3-8 year old students during the summer months.

All stories start at 10 am! Free with paid admission.

April 17     Earth Day Everyday

May 1 Beautiful Butterflies

May 15 Birds

June 5 Ocean Animals

June 19 Rain forest

July 17 Turtles and Frogs




Past Events:

 Gala Night 2015:

gala guests view exhibit

Guest view the new exhibits in the museum.

instructors essay

MJC English Instructor Lillian Vallee presented her essay commemorating the museum.


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

Build a Batbox
Students used a little Engineering, a drill, and a little help and were able to build a Bat Box for them to enjoy at home.

Squid Dissection
Students were able to dissection Squid and learn the different internal body parts, and even take home their own personal ink.



First and Third Fridays Bookworms


Bookworms not available until the new museum opens this Spring.

Animal Talk:


Animal TalkFourth Fridays


Animal Talk is not available until the new museum opens this Spring.

For more information on any of the above call (209)575-6196

Great Valley Museum

Contact Us

Phone: 209 575-6196
Fax: 209 575-6466


Public Hours

Effective April 4, 2015

Friday & Saturday 9 am-4 pm

Public parking on the MJC campus is $2 Monday-Friday. Please bring small bills.

Free Parking is available after 5 pm on Fridays, and all day Saturdays.

12 and over $5

Children 3 to 12

Children under 3 Free with paid adult.
Family - up to 2 adults and 4 children $15
Age 55+ $4
MJC students with current student id Free

Call for group prices


Modesto Junior College
West Campus
2201 Blue Gum Ave
Modesto, CA 95358

Mailing Address

Great Valley Museum
435 College Ave.
Modesto, CA 95350

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