Group Logistics and Program Format
Unless otherwise noted, all guided Gallery + Classroom programs last 2 hours: 1 hour in the galleries and 1 hour in the classroom. For groups of more than 30 students, we divide the group so that half complete the classroom activity while the other half explores the gallery. After an hour, the groups switch.
When in the galleries, groups are further subdivided into groups of roughly 10 to rotate through the exhibition. Each group will have their own Museum Educator to facilitate their experience, and each group should have at least one teacher or adult chaperone with them. You can help this process go faster by pre-dividing your students into groups and making sure chaperones know which group they are to supervise. A complete schedule will be emailed to you when your reservation is confirmed.
Buses and Parking
Please consult the details of your confirmed reservation before ordering buses. You're responsible for ordering your own bus(es) and communicating all driving and parking directions to the driver(s). Please plan on arriving 5–10 minutes early to unload. Buses should unload at the Museum’s north entrance (Lindell Blvd.), near the fountain.
Using a permit, buses may park in the Twin Lots parking lot located southeast of the Museum building. The Missouri History Museum has a limited supply of parking permits, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits should be displayed in the windshield. A driver’s license will be required as collateral in exchange for the permits. Permits must be returned to your tour leader. Alternatively, permits are available from the Parks Department (www.stlouis-mo.gov).
For information on how to get here, visit mohistory.org/directions. Please plan on arriving 5–10 minutes prior to your tour start time, which is listed in your confirmation email, to ensure that you have time to get all of your students off your bus and into their groups.
When you enter through the north entrance (Lindell Blvd.), our Museum Educators will welcome your group by the Thomas Jefferson statue. At this time, students will review the Museum rules, while teachers and chaperones will receive instructions.
Early and Late Arrivals
We understand that there are many factors that may cause your bus to be early or late. However, due to other group reservations and the schedules of our Museum Educators, we can't extend the length of your visit past your reservation time.
- If you arrive early, we'll do our best to fit you into an open gallery, but if all galleries are reserved at that time, please plan to visit one of the other free institutions in Forest Park or the park itself.
- If you arrive late, we'll do our best to still deliver the program you reserved; however, modifications may be necessary depending on your arrival time. For groups that are excessively late, significant changes to your program will be necessary.
There are restrooms located on all three floors of the Museum. The Museum Educators will take all students for a bathroom/water/stretch break in between their gallery tour and classroom activity. If a student has an emergency, we ask that a chaperone escort the student to the nearest restroom.
Because the Missouri History Museum facilitates and hosts a variety of daily events, we don't have space for students to eat lunch inside the Museum. Please make arrangements for your students to eat at school, on your bus, outside in Forest Park, or elsewhere off-site.
Coats, Bags, and Other Bulky Material
Upon entering, we'll ask students to place coats and bags in our large bins reserved for these items, or we may take students to the classrooms to deposit items there. You may also choose to leave extra items on your bus. To ensure the safety of the artifacts, we ask that no food, drink, or bulky coats or bags be taken into the galleries.