Seventeen tips for a great visit
A day at the Museum is an adventure. Here are some of our best tips for a great day with your family.
- Remember to wear shoes for walking!
- Bring a refillable water bottle.
- Ask about the train when you check-in.
- Take a photo of the posted maps and plan where you want to spend your visit.
- Plan your visit according to the amount of time you have. We close at 5 pm!
- Book your reservation ahead of time. We’d hate for you to show up and not be able to get in.
- Bring a face mask and a back up one to wear during your visit, especially on hot days.
- Consider bringing a change of clothes for children. Some of our exhibits include water, sand, and mud.
- Pack sunscreen and bug repellant.
- Check the weather report before your visit! Rain gear, coats, or ponchos might be necessary.
- Plan on eating while here? Enjoy food from our café or pack a light lunch to be enjoyed at one of our designated eating areas outdoors. (Coolers are not allowed inside the Museum). We also have a huge picnic dome near our south parking lot if you’d like to bring your cooler and take your time before or after your visit.
- We have a large campus, so bring a stroller! We do have a limited number of strollers available to rent.
- Weekends can be busy – visit during the week if you can.
- Mornings are our busiest times – come in the afternoon if you can.
- Plan bathroom breaks before you explore the Museum. We have restrooms at multiple locations around campus. Portable potties are not allowed at the Museum.
- Bring binoculars to help you find birds, plants, wolves, and radiated tortoises.
- Don’t forget to take breaks! The Museum is a full-day experience (and more). It’s ok to slow and rest your legs here and there and enjoy the sounds of nature.