Field Trips: K-12 School Groups


Reservations: Call (414) 278-2714
Field Trip Call Center Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday
We cannot accept reservations via email.

Planning Your Visit

 Student Pricing 

MPM (includes Auditorium or Planetarium Program)

MPM + an Education Program

MPM + a Dome Theater or Planetarium Show

$9.00 $13.00 $13.00
  • Additional add-ons available for $4.
  • Dome Theater-only admission available for $6.
  • Required chaperones are free to the Museum!
  • Discounts on field trip are also available through our Fossil Fuel Fund.
  • Prices subject to change. Valid Monday-Friday only.

FREE Fall Field Trips for Milwaukee County School Groups
K - 12 school and educational institutions from Milwaukee County can visit MPM for free on any weekday in September, October and November (excluding September 3, 2015; October 2, 2015; November 5, 2015). In order to help the Museum prepare for group visits, registration is required for school groups that wish to attend MPM on a free admission day. Please call (414) 278-2714 to reserve your spot. Please note that school groups are not eligible to attend MPM for free on any Kohl's Thank You Thursday.

Please remember that school trips are already discounted. No additional coupons or membership benefits will apply. Home school educators must show their PI 1206 form to receive the discounted rates.

Hot Lunch Options
Lunch times are 20 minutes long and scheduled on the half hour in our student lunch room. Reservation required two weeks in advance.

No Lunch - You can opt to skip lunch or eat at a location outside of the Museum.
Bring your own Lunch - If you choose to bring your own lunches, you will be scheduled for a 20-minute lunch period in the student lunchroom. We will collect your lunches upon arrival, store them for you, deliver them to your group at your assigned time and store them again until your departure.
Pre-order lunch from the Museum (price: $6.95 per meal) – delivered to school lunchroom at your scheduled lunch time

Options: all come with apple slices, cookie and a bottle of water or carton of milk (organic, soy, or almond milk can be substituted for an additional $2.00 per lunch)

  • Cheese Pizza - UNO brand pizza slice made with whole grain crust
  • Macaroni and Cheese - elbow macaroni with house-made cheddar cheese sauce 
  • Mini Turkey & Cheese Sub - made on a whole grain roll
  • Mini Ham & Cheese Sub - made on a whole grain roll
  • 3 Piece Chicken Tenders - battered white meat served with ranch dressing
  • All-Beef Hot Dogs - substitute nitrate-free hot dogs for an addional $1.00 per lunch
    * Please order a maximum of two varieties for your group excluding any food allergy requests.

Museum Cafe
Please note that only student groups who purchase lunch from the cafe may dine in the Museum Cafe.

Field Trip Scheduling Policies and Procedures
School group rates are available Monday – Friday. To qualify for the school group discount you must make a purchase for a minimum of 10 students and belong to an educational organization.

Auditorium Programs are available Monday - Friday, at 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, and 11 a.m. 

Planetarium Programs are available at various times throughout the day.

  • Educational Programs are available Monday – Friday, at 10:30 and 11:30am.
  • The Museum requires that you make and prepay your reservation at least two weeks prior to your visit.
  • All Guided Exhibit Tours, theater and Special Exhibit tickets, and Auditorium, Planetarium and Education Programs are subject to availability.
  • Early Learning groups require a minimum of one adult teacher / chaperone (18+ years) for every five students.
  • Grades 1-12 require a minimum of one teacher / chaperone (18+ years) for every ten students.
  • Chaperones within the required ratio are free to the Museum. Additional chaperones up to double the required ratio will be charged student admission. Additional chaperones over double the required ratio will be charged the adult group rate. 
  • For weekend group program or home school information contact our reservations office at (888) 700-9069 or (414) 278-2714./li>
  • All field trip reservations must be made via phone at (414) 278-2714 or (888) 700-9069.
  • Discounted rates are valid for prepaid reservations only.
  • School groups not preregistered will be charged full price admission.

You will be e-mailed, faxed or mailed a confirmation letter within one week. Please carefully review your confirmation letter and contact MPM immediately to make changes.

All payments are due two weeks prior to arrival. We accept cash, check, Master Card, Visa, Discover Card and American Express. We do not accept Purchase Orders. Reservations not paid by the due date are subject to cancellation.

Cancellations, Changes and Refunds
School Groups may modify their numbers before payment is received. Subject to availability. Please check your numbers carefully. Reservations are non-refundable once payment is received.

  • No individual refunds will be given.
  • Field trips can only be rescheduled in cases where school has been cancelled.

The Museum Marketplace
Complete your MPM visit with a stop in the Museum Marketplace. Browse the large selection of books, educational kits, toys and souvenirs for every age level. Remember students must be accompanied by chaperones in the Marketplace. Educators can also shop and save! Show your valid MPM Hall Pass to receive a 10% discount on personal purchases.

Directions to MPM
We are located at 800 W. Wells Street, at the corner of James Lovell Drive (7th St.) and Wells. You may also find directions on our Directions & Parking page.

Bus loading/unloading zones

  • West side of James Lovell Street at Museum entrance.
  • North side of Wells (now 2-way) between James Lovell (7th Street) and 8th Street at MPM entrance.
  • There is no on-site bus parking.
  • Please refer to the bus guidelines in your confirmation packet for parking instructions. Loading zones are reserved for buses from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parked or unattended buses in these areas will be ticketed.
  • Load/unload ten minutes before/after arrival times.

Arrival Information
School leader needs to check-in at the School/Group Pick-up window to acquire wristbands and any Special Exhibit/Dome Theater tickets.

Group leader must turn in a signed Behavior Contract to receive wristbands. 

  • Each school group will receive a welcome and safety talk prior to entering the Museum.
  • Lunches will be collected and stored until scheduled lunchroom time.
  • Lockers or bins will be provided for coats subject to availability. We recommend leaving coats and backpacks on the bus if possible.

*Note: Wristbands must be worn by teachers, chaperones and students at all times.

Safety and Rules of Decorum
To ensure a quality visit for all our groups, please follow the guidelines below:

  • All students must be with a teacher or chaperone and supervised at all times.
  • For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, disruptive or unsafe behavior will not be permitted and may result in the entire group being asked to leave without a refund.
  • No food, gum, beverages or candy are allowed on the exhibit floors.
  • We recommend students wear school nametags or matching t-shirts to identify your group.