Children's Museum Fieldtrips - Explore 4 floors w/100's of interactive exhibits! Pre-register groups to get newly reduced admission charges. Permanently Chartered by NYS Board of Regents, the Children’s Museum Curriculum Enrichment Exhibits meet NYS Learning Standards in the Arts, SS, & MST & Scout badges. View pix below. View Video of field trip!

Normal Visitor Admission (at the door):
$6.00 children 2 to 17; $7.00 Seniors & Vets & College Students;
$8.00 Adults
Members and children 2 years of age and younger are Free
Admission enables you to view and intereact with 100's of exhibits on all four floors.

NOTE: While we are a not-for-profit, we receive no funding for operations from City, County, State, or Federal govt. Our museum Director & her husband have ran the operations for 15 years as unpaid volunteers.

Group Rates (pre-booked) - Visit & Tour of all 4 floors with a Floor Guide (pre-booked):

$3.00 per person in groups of 100 or more (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
$3.50 per person in groups of 75-99 (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
$4.00 per person in groups of 50-74 (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
$4.50 per person in groups of 25-49 (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
$5.00 per person in groups of 15-24 (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
$5.50 per person in groups of 10-14 (visit only, 1 chaperone free for every 6 paid)
One teacher or adult chaperone is required for every six students, and will be admitted at no cost.
Additional chaperones pay the visit rate - combine classes to reach further reduced numbers!)

If the entire group is 2 or under, their visit rate will be $3.00 per child (1 chaperone free,
for every 6 paid, each chaperone beyond that will be $5.00 each)
(Add'l Coupons and free coupons are not valid with group pricing).

Arrival time no earlier than 9:30am & no later than 10:00am.

BOOKING: Book your program today, calll the museum at 724-6129 so we can check to see if dates you want are available. If you have to cancel, please do so 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, there is a $1. per person charge. If you do not pre-register before the day of your visit, you will be charged an extra $1 per person. This is because we need to plan in advance.

The Children's Museum offerings: What better place to bring * your students on a field trip? *your scouts to earn a badge? * your daycare children on an outing? * your family for a great day out? * your group for a tour? Our museum offers a safe, enjoyable, interactive learning environment with 3 floors of interactive exhibits open all morning, a 4th floor open once a day (as it has to be manned carefully due to it's many expensive exhibits), bathrooms w/changing tables on the 1st & 3rd floor & eating space in our 1st floor kitchen! Kids from 1 to 101 love and learn from the the interactive ness of our 60 Pavilions, housing 100's of educationally enjoyable hands-on exhibits on our 4 floors, most interactive. Our mission is to continue passionately making the Children's Museum in Central New York one of the best in the country. Daily activities and viewing of all four floors is included in the admission price and group visit fee. (With booked Visits, you get the reduced group rate, an informational packet with a museum map, sheet explaining the museum rules, and free post-materials to take back with you to help make your visit fun and educational!) If you also book a program, we provide pre & post activities that meet NYS standards. We require 1 adult (who's free) for every 6 children paid - that adult will be responsible for chaperoning the children.

Group Time Frame - We book groups for a 2 hour Visit, which gives your group a 1/2 on each of our four floors to interact with our 100's of exhibits. If you will be bringing a bag lunch, we'll book your group for 2 and 1/2 hours. If you want a longer day field trip, consider the following (each at only an extra $1. per child: 1.) a plane ride for each student in your group, 2.) a program in our Living Science Room about our critters, or 3.) an educational program about sustainable energy (wind turbines, solar panels, Mars Rovers, etc.) We will then book you for 3 hours. It will be $1. extra per child per program, and we will book you for 2 1/2 or 3 hours. We'll arrange the schedule for you, and get it to you ahead of time, so you can go over it with your chaperones. Arrival times are usually 9:30am or 9:45am, with departures 12:00pm or 12:15pm.[If you still want more time, after leaving the museum, you could visit the Utica Baggs Square Historic Park right next door. We will have a Staff Docent to help guide you & answer any questions you may have.

Accessibility for Physically Challenged: We have a ramp right next to the Main entrance for wheelchairs and others who may have trouble navigating the few steps to the Museum's entrance. While we encourage groups to use our beautiful oak stairway to visit the upper floors, while holding onto the rails, we do have an elevator that goes to all floors. Restrooms with changing tables are available on the first and third floors.

Food & Beverages & Eating Space: LUNCH AVAILABILITY: For safety reasons, food & beverages are not allowed on the floor or in our exhibit areas. Visitors may eat their bag lunches or snacks in our 1st floor Museum Kitchen/Bday Room, which holds up to 40 people at a time (we also have a nursing chair off our PlaySpace area & changing tables in bathrooms). We have snacks and water available for purchase. You may also drive to a local restaurant for lunch (there are several within a mile).

SOME OF THE 100’s OF EXHIBITS in the 60 Pavilions on our Four Floors – Major areas per floor:
1st floor – Exploration Space Mini-Mall interactive 'stores'; Planetarium exhibit; interactive Saturn car; Life-size Wooden Train; Planet funnel, kitchen, bathrooms
2nd floor -Iroquois Longhouse; History Diorama; Erie Canal interactive exhibit; Puppet Theatre; Paleontology Center w/Dinorama/Fossils; LED Play Dance floor.
3rd floor -Living Science Center; Trains & Legos; Live Weather Station; Science Room; handicapped bathrooms, Mars Rover/Wind Turbine DVD's & Sustainable Energy Exhibit.
4th floor -NASA shuttle/Lunar/Scale; Science exhibits; Real Airplanes kids can 'pilot'; Fire & Police paraphenalia; Interactive Train Exhibits kids can 'run' + Train Artifacts.

MST (Math, Science, Technology): LED Play Dance Floor - Explore mathematical movement of rhythm & brain on our 2nd floor LED floor; Living Science Room - View our live beehive’s social structure, various critters & butterfly metamorphosis; Space & Science Floor - Learn about 100 yrs of flight & space exploration; interact with NASA/science exhibits; view our Planetarium exhibit.
ARTS
(Cultural Contributions): View the structure of an
Iroquois Longhouse, along with the exhibits, artifacts & interactive screens. Explore our interactive Dinorama & our Paleontology/Dinosaurs & Fossils corner.
SS
(Social Studies): Erie Canal Exhibits View interactive exhibit & artifacts that show how the Erie canal impacted life in NYS; History Diorama View the interactive beginnings and growth of the Mohawk Valley & CNY.

Guidelines for pre-booked Groups Our diverse collection of hands-on exhibits and educational programs is an invaluable resource for school groups in the Central New York area and more. To ensure the health and safety of your students and all of our visitors, we ask that you review the following guidelines with students prior to your visit to CM. Supervision of students in the Museum is imperative; unsupervised students or children should not wander around the Museum. Our guidelines are we require one (1) responsible adult chaperone for every six (6) students to make the most of your educational experience. General - Running is not permitted anywhere in the Children's Museum (power walking is, and energy can be expended on our Play/Dance Floor!. Portable radios, cassette, or disc players that are audible to other visitors in the Museum are not permitted. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times while in the Museum. For everyone's safety, do not pet or taunt animals in our Living Science Area. Thank you for reviewing these CM rules with students and chaperones, as you are also helping to ensure the health and well-being of our ever-growing children's museum for present and future generations.

A Before-You-Visit Review Suggestion - Before you review this list of guidelines with your school group, ask your students to first list ways that the Children's Museum is different from a Park or Zoo. A partial list of rules for appropriate behavior and conduct may emerge from this discussion based on a student's experience and understanding of all that the Children's Museum has to offer. You can then review any remaining rules and guidelines on this sheet that have not been raised by your students. Download ~ Rules/Guidelines Flyer

Traveling by Bus - Buses should drop off students at our front entrance on Main Street, by the Museum Entrance sign. After students disembark, buses may park further down Main Street or under the bridge. Please remind the bus driver he or she should be prepared to pull back up in front of the museum 5 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.

Museum Gift Shop - Gift Shop - Our CM Gift Shop is open daily with items priced from $1. to $20. and many at only $2. or $3. Among the gifts are space science related items, our Children's Museum t'shirts, mugs and ornaments, along with a neat variety of items.

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Holiday Weeks & School Closing Hours:
The museum is open on the following national holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Good Friday, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans' Day, Winter Break, Spring Break. The museum is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day/4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

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Fieldtrip intrigued by our Planetarium exhibit

Fieldtrip enjoying our Living Science Room

Fieldtrip enjoys the 100's of interactive exhibits


1/12 - WUTR sponsors John Joy 4th graders visit to Children's Museum


1/12 - they enjoy the trains, Left, & the dance floor, above

6-11: the looks on their faces say it all about our extensive 4th floor interactive train exhibits!

Checking out our Dinosaur/Paleontology Center

Our popular LED Play Dance Floor


'Taking a Ride' in our real airplane

Enjoying our NASA & Science exhibits

People of all ages enjoy our trains!

Enjoying the 4th floor Space Scale, above & Weather Rm, below

Group poses on our famous oak stairs after a great day at the museum, then (R. & below) waves goodbye as they depart!

Enjoying the interactive life-like DinoRama

And the interactive History Diorama

An airplane ride is always a big hit!

As is interacting with the Science exhibits

Students enjoy a unique day-long field trip to interact with the 100's of exhibits on all four floors of the Children's Museum

Students enjoying our first floor LifeSize Wooden Train

Students checking out our Living Science Room critters, above

Students enjoying our LED dance floor

Students interacting w/Office of Science exhibits= above & Puppet Theatre, left

Above,. Right & Below: a group of students & chaperones enjoying a museum visit!

A group of delightful children from an elementary school in Utica NY enjoying a field trip to our Children's Museum of History & Science
Above, Right & Below: 1-10 a group of elementary school children enjoying a fieldtrip to The Children's Museum! View a slideshow of their visit
A group of delightful children who resettled to Utica NY from Mynamar enjoyed immensely a field trip to our Children's Museum of History & Science
Above, Right & Below: 2-10 a group of school children enjoying a field trip to The Children's Museum! View a slideshow of their visit
A group of delightful children who resettled to Utica NY from Mynamar enjoyed immensely a field trip to our Children's Museum of History & Science
A group of delightful children who resettled to Utica NY from Mynamar enjoyed immensely a field trip to our Children's Museum of History & Science
A group of delightful children who resettled to Utica NY from Mynamar enjoyed immensely a field trip to our Children's Museum of History & Science
A group of delightful children from an elementary school in Utica NY enjoying a field trip to our Children's Museum of History & Science
A group of delightful children from an elementary school in Utica NY enjoying a field trip to our Children's Museum of History & Science
1-10 Clinton NY's Hamilton College Havoc Students help out at The Children's Museum of History & Science
1-10: Hamilton College HAVOC group also comes in to help spruce up the museum, as part of their Martin Luther King Jr. volunteer day
1-10 Clinton NY's Hamilton College voluneers help out at The Children's Museum of History & Science
1-10: Left & Above - Hamilton College volunteers help spruce up the museum - View slideshow
Mohawk Valley Living TV show's host Richard Enders interviews Children's Museum Director Marlene Brown for Febuary 2010 showWell known to the children of the Mohawk Valley is The Children's Museum and whether you are a child or a child at heart, this is the place to come, they have 1,000's of exhibits. -Mohawk Valley Living TV show
Richard Enders, Host of the Mohawk Valley Living TV show, does a shoot in our Children's Museum (aired Sunday, February 8, 2010)

Saturday Science - Kids Komputers: kids digging in with Museum Board Member Josh Greenburg to take apart computers & learn what the insides were all about!
Saturday Science - Kids Komputers: kids digging in with Museum Board Member Josh Greenburg to take apart computers & learn what the insides were all about!

 


A panoramic view of the exploration marvels in the Children's Museum
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Tourists and Senior Citizen and Mom's Club groups among those who setup Tours of the Children's Museum in Utica NY

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The Museum is a hands-on learning center with emphasis on local history, environmental science, the arts, and space science. The Museum provides educational programs for local school groups, home school groups, scouts, and daycare centers throughout the three county area that we serve, as well as for groups who come in by bus and train from throughout the state. Our Educational Enrichment Programs enhance learning for children of all ages. Teachers & others who book educational field trips are given resource materials for their students to enhance learning after the visit.

Keep checking the website, pick up flyers in the Museum, and continue to enjoy our fun and educational events in a safe learning environment!

The Children's Museum of History, Living History, Science & Technology
311 Main Street, Utica, NY 13501 * Tel: 315-724-6129
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