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Please thoroughly read all of our Youth Summer Program policies before submitting your request form. By submitting a request form, you are agreeing to all of the policies stated here.

Reservations are Required
We want to ensure that your children have a quality experience, to help us guarantee this, all programs and spaces must be reserved at least two weeks in advance. This includes self-guided visits. Our programs and exhibits are popular and book up fast so reserve your preferred programs, galleries, and times at No times, galleries, or programs are considered booked until a confirmation letter has been issued by the Missouri History Museum.

For the safety of your children and success of your experience, one adult chaperone must be provided for every 8 children (adult chaperones must be at least 18 years old). Chaperones are required for all visiting school groups, including self-guided visits. Children and chaperones must stay together at all times. Chaperones are required to actively work with the children during the program. The Missouri History Museum reserves the right to change or cancel your scheduled program if your group arrives with insufficient chaperones.

Early and Late Arrivals
We understand 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, you will not be able to extend the length of your visit past your reservation time. If you arrive early, we will do our best to fit you into an open gallery, but if all galleries are reserved at that time, you should plan to visit one of the other free institutions in Forest Park or the Park itself. If you arrive late, we will 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.

Since the Missouri History Museum facilitates and hosts a variety of daily events, we do not have space for summer groups to eat lunch inside the Museum. Please make arrangements for your children to eat on your bus, outside in Forest Park, or elsewhere off-site.

Cost, Reservation Changes, and Cancellations
All Gallery + Classroom programs at the Missouri History Museum are free of charge. However, because guided experiences require the use of Museum resources and personnel, we require at least seven days’ notice for a cancellation of a guided program, and at least 14 days’ notice for a change to your reserved schedule. A cancellation as early as possible is requested so groups on our waiting list can be confirmed. In the event of a cancellation with less than 7 days’ notice, or in the event of a no-show, we will bill your organization for a $50 cancellation fee. Please note that the Missouri History Museum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule programming on short notice due to staff illness or inclement weather.

Buses and Parking
Please consult the details of your confirmed reservation before you order buses. You are 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-serve 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 (

Museum Shop Visits
Programs do not include time to go to the Louisiana Purchase Museum Shop. If your group would like to visit the shop, please make a note on your reservation form so extra time can be built into your agenda. When visiting the shop, only 10 children are allowed in at a time, and an adult chaperone must accompany the group.

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