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Modesto Junior College

GVM Tours

At this time, we are 100% booked for the rest of the school year for visits to the Great Valley Museum for Tours. If you would like to schedule a planetarium show, please contact the GVM at: 209-575-6196 / Planetarium shows last 1-hour and can be previewed by following the link to the left. 


At The Heart of What We Do

We would love to have your school here at the Great Valley Museum. The GVM is unable to provide any free tours or admission to any school.  School visits are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:00am and 12:00pm.  Museum visits during our normal public hours require no application or insurance requirements.  But if you plan to bring a large group during public hours, please call ahead of time so we may schedule appropriate staffing.

Group Pricing

Please note that while our planetarium can seat 100 individuals, our museum tours can only accommodate up to 70 (this includes teachers and parents).  Schools that are museum members receive a discounted rate from the prices below.  You can check our membership page here for more benefits and information.

Group Size
Museum Tour
(2 hours)
(1 Hour)
(3 hours)
up to 40 $150.00 $200.00 $315.00
41 - 70 $225.00 $275.00 $450.00
71 - 100 Not Available $350.00 Not Available

Payments can be made with credit card or check.  Credit cards can be taken by phone or in person.  Checks can be mailed to Great Valley Museum, Modesto Junior College, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto, CA 95358.

What does my school need to do if we want to book a visit?

  1. Contact us for available dates. You may call us at 209-575-6196 or by e-mail at
  2. Once a date is arranged with us, you will be sent a reservation e-mail detailing your visit.
  3. An application and certification insurance form will be attached to the e-mail.
    • You must complete and return above forms at least three weeks prior to your scheduled visit.  Proper paperwork not received three weeks prior to your visit will result in a tour cancellation.
  4. Once both forms are returned to the museum, you will be sent a confirmation e-mail.
  5. Visit the museum on your scheduled date and have a fun and educational time!

Need a little assistance with the cost?

The Stanislaus Partners in Education has a grant for such activities. Click here for more information.


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


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.