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Modesto Junior College
Due to poor air quality, and in the interest of your health, Modesto Junior College is closing at 4 p.m., November 15, and will remain closed through Sunday, November 18. All classes and extracurricular activities on campus are cancelled during this time frame. The college will reopen and classes resume on Monday, November 19.

About Us

The Great Valley Museum opens minds, touches hearts, and inspires action towards discovering, appreciating, and preserving our natural heritage and environment.  Science literacy and the unique Central Valley are promoted by engaging students, educators and the community through onsite and outreach programs.  The Museum serves as a resource to educational institutions, including Modesto Junior College.

The GVM home is the first floor of the Science Community Center on the west campus of Modesto Junior College.  We offer group tours for groups of up to 70 individuals.  Our docent guided tours cover the natural history and various habitats of the Central Valley of California.  Live animal shows in which we present some of the two dozen live animals are also available for groups.  In our museum we have a Discovery Room dedicated to hands-on activities and materials.  This room also houses 2 dozen live animals including snakes, tarantulas, skinks and many others.  Our Science on a Sphere, produced by NOAA, has over 400 datasets that are projected onto a 1.5 meter sphere including real-time worldwide events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and other phenomenon.  The planetarium has a top-of-the-line Zeiss Skymaster ZKP-4 LED/fiber optic star projector coupled with a Zeiss Velvet Projection System capable of displaying the night sky and full-dome planetarium films for an audience of 100.  Our Traveling Teacher program offers over 3 dozen programs that come out to local elementary schools to cover topics such as live animals, the various sciences, nature, craft topics and our California Valley history.  Such topics are also offered through on-site classes throughout the year.

The Great Valley Museum is a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization funded through memberships, admissions, grants, and donations.


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


We will be closed on July 4th.

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.