General Tours

Location: Michigan History Museum, Lansing

The general tour is a self-guided tour of the Michigan History Museum's permanent exhibits. Admission is $2 per student, with one teacher and up to five chaperones free. Additional adults are welcome to join at $4 per person. Plan approximately 90 minutes for the tour.

Groups that would like to take a general tour must make a reservation through the Capitol Tour and Information Service website or by phone at 517-373-2353. Dates become available for making reservations one year in advance. For example, if you would like to bring your group to the museum on October 7, 2018, the earliest date that you can call to make your reservation is October 7, 2017. You can try to make reservations with a shorter lead time but please be aware that dates fill up fast and your first choice may not be available.

Please be advised that the museum is busiest during the spring field trip season. We encourage teachers and other group leaders to plan your visit for other times of the year when your group can get the most out of the museum experience.

The museum is ADA accessible at the Kalamazoo Street (south) entrance, and wheelchairs are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please call the museum at 517-373-1359 if you need a sign language interpreter.

Museum Map and Pre-Visit Resources

You can download the Michigan History Museum Gallery Map - PDF to use on your self-guided tour. For other Michigan history resources that can help prepare your students for their visit, check out the Learn tab on the Seeking Michigan website.

When You Arrive
Please check your group in at the information desk located inside the south entrance of the Michigan Library and Historical Center, or at the admissions desk under the "Museums - Archive" archway. Classroom size lockers are provided for groups to store their lunches and belongings while visiting the museum.  Visitor services staff members will assist you with lockers upon your arrival. 

Supervision and Behavior Guidelines

Teachers, group leaders and chaperones are responsible for student behavior and safety. Students must be accompanied by adult chaperones at all times, including when using the restrooms. Please help us keep our museum clean and safe by enforcing the following behavior guidelines:

Please DO:

  • Take photographs and post them to social media, but please turn off the flash.
  • Encourage students to touch and interact with items clearly marked with a "Please Touch" sign.
  • Leave large bags and backpacks in your storage locker or on the bus.

Please DO NOT:

  • Climb on the exhibits, especially the scenic areas like the forests and mines.
  • Run in the museum, for your safety and the safety of others.
  • Bring food, chewing gum, or drinks (including water) into the museum.

Lunch at the Michigan History Museum
Students and chaperones can bring sack lunches and eat at the museum's dining hall located on the first floor, across from the Museum Store. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A snack shop is open weekdays and offers items such as pizza, sandwiches and soups, however quantity is often limited on a drop-in basis. To order lunch for your students or if brining a large group who will need food services, please call Scotty Snacks directly at 517-894-1562 to make arrangements.

You'll find more need-to-know information on our Michigan History Museum visitor information page.

Updated 07/19/2017