General Tours

Civil War gallery, children on floor in foreground

The general visit is a self-guided tour of the Michigan History Museum's permanent exhibits. Admission is $4 per student (age 6-17); one teacher and paraprofessionals free; and one chaperon for every 10 students free. Additional adults are welcomed to join at $8 per person. Plan approximately 90 minutes for the visit.

Pre-registration is required for groups of 10 or more. Unscheduled groups of 10 or more may not be granted admission if the museum is at general visit capacity for the day. To reserve a tour call 517-373-2353.

General visits are available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note that the museum is closed on the following holidays: 

  • New Year's Day 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • Presidents' Day 
  • Memorial Day 
  • Independence Day 
  • Labor Day 
  • Veterans Day 
  • Thanksgiving Holiday (Thursday - Sunday) 
  • Christmas Eve 
  • Christmas Day 
  • New Year's Eve 

Typically, arrivals are scheduled every 15 minutes, in class size groupings. If several classrooms from the same school plan to visit together, arrival time may be staggered to avoid overcrowding in the museum. 

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, 2024, the earliest date that you can call to make your reservation is October 7, 2023. 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. 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.

Teachers are allowed and encouraged to create activities for the students to complete during their visit. Please be advised that the exhibitions and artifacts on display change seasonally and may affect teacher-created materials. Teachers who wish to visit the museum to develop materials before their class visit may do so free of charge by contacting our Visitor Services team at 517-335-2581. 

The museum does not allow teachers to bring in their own tour guides or program facilitators during general visits. If you are interested in a facilitated program, please book one of our guided tours and programs. 

Museum Map and Pre-Visit Resources


Updated 03/30/2021