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Modesto Junior College

GVM Tours

We are now scheduling reservations for museum and planetarium visits for the 2017-2018 School year. Contact the GVM for dates and availability. 

 

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.  Docent tour-guided Museum School visits are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 9:00am and 4:00pm.  After hour tours are available on a limited basis and require an additional fee.  Nondocent tour-guided museum visits during our normal public hours require no application or insurance requirements.  The museum reserves the right to charge group sizes of 20 or more the group admission pricing listed below.  If you plan to bring a large group during public hours, please call ahead of time so we may schedule appropriate staffing.

What does a Museum Tour/Live Animal Presentation and Planetarium show consist of?

Museum Tour/Live Animal Presentation

The Museum Tour last's anywhere from 1.5hrs - 2hrs in length. When your group arrives, we split the group in half. Group A heads into the Discovery Room for our Live Animal Presentation. Group B heads into the museum gallery with a docent, for a docent guided tour. After roughly 45min, the groups switch. Group A will go into the museum gallery with the docent while group B goes to the Discovery Room for the Live Animal Presentation. Example: 70 individuals show up. 35 will be designated as group A and 35 will be designated as group B. When finalizing numbers, please account for teachers and any additional chaperones/attendees, as they are counted for the overall number to determine pricing

Planetarium Show

Planetarium shows last anywhere from 45min - 1hr. There are 100 seats in the planetarium. When your group arrives, you will line up in front of the Planetarium in 2 equal lines. We will usher you into the planetarium where you will receive a brief presentation of the overall aspects of the Planetarium, then you will watch the show that you have chosen. Please see previews of current shows by clicking hereWhen finalizing numbers, please account for teachers and any additional chaperones/attendees, as they are counted for the overall number to determine pricing.

Combos

A combo consists of pairing up the Museum Tour/Live Animal Presentation and the Planetarium Show into a 2.5hrs - 3hr adventure. There is a discount given to groups that choose the combo option. At this time we DO NOT have a rotation that has the group split 3-ways between the Museum Tour - Live Animal Presentation - Planetarium Show. When finalizing numbers, please account for teachers and any additional chaperones/attendees, as they are counted for the overall number to determine pricing.

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 25% discount rate from the prices below.  You can check our membership page here for more benefits and information.

Group Size
Museum Tour/ Live
Animal Presentation
(1.5 hrs - 2 hrs)
Planetarium
(45 min - 1 hr)
Combo
(2.5 hrs - 3 hrs)
up to 40 $200.00 $280.00 $432.00
41 - 70 $300.00 $380.00 $612.00
71 - 100 Not Available $480.00 Not Available

Payments can be made with credit card or check.  Credit cards can be taken by phone or in person.  Checks should 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 gvm@mjc.edu.
  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!

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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

The museum will be closed on Friday November 10th.

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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