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School Family Nights at the Museum

New for the 2013-2014 School Year:
Your school. Your family. Your Science Museum!

Family NightsPromote family learning and science literacy for your school community by booking one of our new School Family Nights. Programs are held on select Thursday nights from 5:30-7:30 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. beginning February 2014.

School Family Nights at the Science Museum of Minnesota offer a night of science exploration for your entire school community: students, siblings, family members, and school staff. Your school can explore the museum's interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, allowing everyone to engage in one-of-a-kind science learning with peers and family members.

Omnitheater and special exhibitions are not included in the price of School Family Nights admission but are available for advanced purchase at group rates.

Available School Family Nights Dates for the 2013-2014 Pilot Year

  • February 20, 2014
  • March 6, 2014
  • March 13, 2014
  • April 10, 2014
  • April 24, 2014
  • May 15, 2014
  • May 22, 2014
  • May 29, 2014

Application Process

Some dates have already been reserved. Rolling applications will still be accepted throughout the school year to fill any vacancies. Applications for School Family Nights will be reviewed as they are received.

Submit an Application

The selection process will favor schools with over 50% Free and Reduced Lunch, and/or schools who have not taken recent field trips to the Science Museum of Minnesota.


  Over 50% Free & Reduced Under 50% Free & Reduced
Schools with 350 or fewer student enrollment $2,000 $2,400
Schools with over 350 student enrollment $2,600 $3,000

Paying for a School Family Night
Schools may be eligible to use Title 1 Family Engagement funds for School Family Nights. Full payment is due two weeks before your School Family Night. The School Family Nights prices do not include buses.

Getting here

School buses depart from your school, and bring everyone to the museum. After two hours of fun, your school community is picked up by returning buses heading back to your school.

Schools are responsible for booking their own bus transportation to the museum. If you qualify for our bus reimbursement program, the museum will send your school a reimbursement check as soon as you have faxed us the bus receipt. Limited funding is available to offset the transportation cost of a field trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota and will be distributed to qualifying schools until funds are gone. Learn More

Some families may chose to drive to the museum; the cost of parking in the ramp is not included in School Family Night admission.

Museum Accessibility

The Science Museum of Minnesota is committed to making its exhibitions, Omnitheater films, programs, and services accessible to everyone. Accommodations may be available for language interpreters. Learn More

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