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Events

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.

September

Wild Planet Day is Saturday September 24th from 10-3pm!  Join us for a day of fun and festivities while we discover Wild Planet Day as we get batty!  Be prepared to meet the Bat Lady who is sure to dazzle everyone with real live bats.  We will have bat activities, including making bat houses, bat puppets and bats on a stick, science demonstrations, explore the use of microscopes and hands-on science activities.  There will also be food for sale and a variety of vendor booths provided by campus and local organizations.  Tickets are $8 or $20 for a family of 6.  Click here to purchase tickets.

October

A special one night only chemistry show by Dr. Alchemist and the Mischiefs on Friday October 21st from 7-8:30pm.  Free admission to the museum after the show.  Please note while children are welcome, this show is intended for college students and adults.  Click here to purchase tickets.

MONTHLY

Science Night at the Museum

The Great Valley Museum will be open in the evenings, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., during the first Friday of every month.  Discover the universe through our planetarium shows at 7:30pm & 8:30pm and Science on a Sphere 3-D globe. Campus science clubs will offer insight and highlights, including the MJC Astronomy Club which will provide free telescope viewings on top of the Science Community Center. Join us for a fun, festive atmosphere while we explore science together!  Be sure to dress appropriately during the cold months.

Science Nights for 2016:
 
  • May 6th
  • June 3rd
  • July 1st
  • August 5th
  • September 2nd
  • October 7th
  • November 4th
  • December 2nd

Hands On Wednesdays

During the fall and spring semesters on the first Wednesday of every month, the museum will be offering classes on a variety of science related subjects.  These classes are suitable for 5 to 12 year olds.  All Hands On Wednesday classes run from 3:30pm to 4:30pm and are held in the Discovery Room of the museum.  For our next class and to purchase tickets, please check here.

Bookworm Story Telling

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

Upcoming Bookworm Story Telling dates:

  • August 5th  OCEANS – SHELLS & SMALL SEA ANIMALS
  • August 19th  OCEANS – LARGE SEA ANIMALS
  • September 2nd SUMMER INSECTS & ANIMALS
  • September 16th SIZZLING SNAKES ALIVE
  • October 7th SPIDERS & BATS
  • October 21st BATS & SPIDERS
  • November 4th FABULOUS FALL
  • November 18th SQUIRRELS AND OTHER ANIMALS IN FALL
  • December 2nd BEARS AND HIBERNATION
  • December 16th ANIMALS IN WINTER

Live Animal Presentations

Have you ever seen a skink?  Do you know what one is?  Come to a Live Animal Presentation to find out.  Animal presentations run form 10:00am to 11:00am and are free with paid museum admission.  Our animal presentations are aimed at our little visitors but who doesn't like turtles?  *Please note dates may change without notice.

Upcoming Live Animal dates:

  • August 12th
  • August 26th
  • September 9th
  • September 23rd
  • September 30th
  • October 14th
  • October 28th
  • November 11th 
  • November 25th 
  • December 9th
  • December 23rd

Great Valley Museum

Connect With Us

Great Valley Museum
Science Community Center
MJC West Campus
2201 Blue Gum Avenue
Modesto, CA 95358
209 575-6196
209 575-6466 fax
gvm@mjc.edu

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Museum Hours

Sunday closed
Monday closed
Tuesday 9 to 4
Wednesday 9 to 4
Thursday 9 to 4
Friday 9 to 4
Saturday 9 to 4

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. Please check our planetarium page for planetarium show times.

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