Mississippi Children's Museum

Field Trip FAQs

How do I book a field trip or group visit?

To book your visit, simply complete and return the field trip reservation request form to fieldtrips@mcm.ms or fax 601.709.2603. A field trip confirmation, with a cost estimate and other pertinent information will be send 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 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 groups plans a visit a weekend, 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 can not 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; however, to receive the $5.00 group rate, they are required to pay their through the group.

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.

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 – includes up to two hours of museum exploration time in the museum’s permanent galleries and any visiting exhibits at the time of your visit.
  • Scavenger Hunt – includes a scavenger hunt booklet for your choice of the museum’s galleries to be completed during your group’s two hours of museum exploration. We encourage students to keep their scavenger hunt booklets as souvenirs after their visit.
  • Instructional Classroom Program – includes a 20-30 minute program of your choice and 1.5 hours of museum exploration time. There are programs suitable for various ages of students.

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.

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

We encourage all groups eating lunch before or after their visits to utilize the LeFleur’s Bluff State Park located next door. Indoor areas are available for groups who purchase lunch through the Red Rocket Café in the case of inclement weather. No outside food or drink is allowed inside the Mississippi Children’s Museum.

What is included in a box lunch?

Each 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 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 souvenir 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 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.

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept check, cash, and all major credit cards 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 have ordered 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.