The Day You Visit
STEP 3 - The Day You Visit
Check in at the front desk.
Your class will be provided with a designated storage bin for coats, lunches, bags, etc. (Kalamazoo Valley Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Small lockers are available for a refundable fee of $0.50 each.)
Adults will be provided with badges to identify them as members of your group.
Museum staff will provide a short orientation for students and chaperones. Students must stay with chaperones at all times.
Parking Tips: Bus parking must be reserved prior to our visit though Central City Parking at (269) 342-6383. Students can be unloaded in front of the Museum or on the side of the building on Eleanor Street. Car parking is available at the Eleanor Ramp, which accepts cash and credit cards. The Kalamazoo Valley Museum does not validate visitor parking.
Bathrooms are located on the first and second floors. A map of bathroom and drinking fountain locations is available at the front desk.
Flash photography is not permitted.
Food and drinks are permitted on the first floor only.
You may choose to eat lunch inside on the floor near the planetarium or outside in one of the many surrounding parks.
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum does not have a gift shop. There is a penny press at the front entrance.
Playground equipment is located at the Arcadia Creek Festival Site behind the Museum.
Check out our accessibility page on the website for more information on available tools to help your students fully enjoy their visit.
Cancellations and Late Arrivals:
If you must cancel a reservation, please send a written note at least two weeks in advance. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (269) 373-7997 attention Elizabeth Barker.
When weather conditions require school cancellations, we will attempt to reschedule your visit. If your school/group arrives more than 10 minutes after the scheduled start of your planetarium program, the Museum reserves the right to substitute a shorter show, if time allows, and/or will attempt to fit your group into the next scheduled show.
If you cancel with less than two weeks' written notice, your school/group will be billed a late cancellation fee of $45 per program. This fee will not be charged if your school or the Museum is closed due to inclement weather. Schools will not be able to book further programs until the late fee is paid.