Mississippi Children's Museum

Field Trip FAQs

How do I book a field trip or group visit?

To book your field trip, visit our website at www.mschildrensmuseum.org. A field trip reservation request can be found under the “visit” and “discover” sections. A field trip confirmation, with a cost estimate and other pertinent information will be sent via e-mail as soon as your request has been processed.

How much does a field trip cost?

Our group rate is $5.00 per person for a group with 15 or more children! Both children and adults are eligible for the group rate by paying with the group. One chaperone for every five children will receive free admission.

When should I book?

To help ensure the date and time you prefer is available, we recommend booking your visit at least two weeks in advance.

Can I book a group visit for a Saturday or Sunday?

Unfortunately, we do not offer our group rate on weekends. We would still love for your group to visit us! If your group plans a weekend visit, please contact us prior to your visit to help us best prepare. Upon arrival check in at the front desk with how many $10 admissions you would like to purchase. One advantage to a full price weekend visit - you can stay and play all day!

What happens if I come to the museum for a field trip without booking in advance?

We are always happy to have visitors to the museum; however, we cannot guarantee the group rate without advanced reservations.

How many chaperones should I bring?

We require one adult for every five children (1:5) in your group because of the interactive nature of the museum. These required chaperones will receive free admission to the museum during your field trip. We welcome additional chaperones who may also receive the $5.00 group rate if their payment is made with the group’s.

Can the children and chaperones from my group check in using their MCM memberships?

Because of the special nature of field trip visits, students with your group must pay the $5.00 group rate admission. Chaperones, additional adults, and siblings of your students may check-in under their memberships at the front desk before joining the group for orientation.Because of the special nature of our field trip visits, students with your group must pay the $5.00 group rate admission. Chaperones, additional adults, and siblings of your students may check-in under their memberships at the front desk before joining the group for orientation.

What is the difference between museum exploration, scavenger hunts, and instructional classroom program visits?

We offer three types of field trip visits at the Mississippi Children’s Museum:
• Museum Exploration - 2 hour visit includes exploration of all 5 galleries.
• Scavenger Hunt - 2 hour visit includes exploration of all 5 galleries and ONE hunt.
• Instructional Classroom Program – 2 hour visit includes exploration of all 5 galleries and selected program.

What is the difference between free playing and rotating during my visit?

Groups who visit MCM will explore the museum in one of two ways:
• Free Play - When a group has fewer than 50 students, we allow students and chaperones to explore the museum’s exhibit galleries at their own pace. Chaperones must remain with students during the entire visit.
• Rotations - Rotating field trips are ideal for groups larger than 50 students, and consist of five rotations through our permanent galleries. Chaperones must remain with students during the entire visit.

Is there a place for my students to eat lunch at the museum?

MCM has limited space for students who purchase lunches from the Red Rocket Café. If you’re interested in reserving a space, please note that when you pre-order your lunches. These areas are reserved in the order they are requested. Groups may also have lunch at the LeFleur’s Bluff State Park located next door. No outside food or drink is allowed inside the Mississippi Children’s Museum.

What is included in a box lunch?

Each student lunch includes a sandwich, a bag of potato chips, a chocolate chip cookie, and a small bottle of water. The choices for sandwiches include turkey, ham, a peanut butter and grape jelly Uncrustable, or a hot dog. Each box lunch costs $5.00 (plus tax) and must be ordered at least one week in advance. Chaperones may order from an extended group visit menu prior to visit.

What is included in a gift bag from the Trading Post?

Each gift bag includes a pencil, sticker, mini modeling clay and a buy one, get one free admission pass for a future visit to the museum. Souvenir gift bags cost $3.50 (plus tax) each and must be ordered one week in advance.

Can my students visit Louis LeFleur’s Trading Post (gift shop)?

Yes! We welcome students to visit the trading post during their field trip visits! Your students can visit the Trading Post during their World at Work rotation (for rotating groups) or at any point during a free play visit. Smaller groups may also visit the Trading Post at the end of their field trip.

What types of payment do you accept?

Checks, cash, and all major credit cards are accepted as payment for field trips. We do not accept purchase orders; however, our finance department is happy to issue an invoice in advance to help with the payment process for your school. Payments for field trips must be made in one transaction.

Do you need a tax exemption letter for my school/organization?

We do not charge tax on our admissions because we offer field trips as an educational service to your students. If you order lunches or gift bags through the museum, we must have your Mississippi Sales Tax Exemption letter on file for you to receive these goods without tax. Out-of-state sales tax exemption letters do not apply.