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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.



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.
Dates of upcoming Telescopes Nights can be found at the club's Facebook page:
There will be regular admission charge into the Planetarium and Great Valley Museum during these events.
GVM is free to all paid members and can purchase discounted planetarium show tickets.


Upcoming Telescope Nights:

Summer Evening Planetarium Shows and an evening laser show.

All shows are regular admission unless otherwise noted.

June 4th

August 6th

Ultimate Universe

8:10 PM

Educator/Pilot Tour of the Galaxy

9:10 PM

Laser Pop Show:

10:10 PM


Limited to the First 100 tickets sold.

Tickets on sale NOW!


Saturday Planetarium Shows


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.


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.

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

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.

Non-Member GVM Admission
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



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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