Tour Information

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How to Schedule a Guided Tour



Tours vary in length depending on the tour choice scheduled (*see below).  There is no cost to visit the museum or schedule a tour. 

All groups must have at least 6 individuals and cannot exceed 18 participants.  

  • A NOTE FOR EDUCATORS:  We realize that with students and chaperones many group sizes exceed the 18 participants limit. In order to maintain the safety of the objects and ensure that all visitors have access to the museum during tours, 18 total individuals permitted in a tour group is firm. Please be prepared to divide classes if the number of students and chaperones will be more than 18.  Thank you for your understanding and support in maintaining a safe and pleasant museum environment.


Standard: Our standard tour is approximately 40 minutes long and is available to adults or groups with participants 3rd grade and older.  This tour includes visiting all exhibition areas (Human Origins & Archaeology, Archery, and North American Peoples) and includes the current special exhibition. 

Abridged: Our abridged tour is 30 minutes long and is available to groups kindergarten through 2nd grade, or to groups of any age, kindergarten through adult, with limited time.  This tour includes visiting the Human Origins & Archaeology exhibit OR the Archery & North American Peoples exhibit. If your group is studying a particular topic from one of the other exhibit areas, please let us know and we will do our best to switch areas visited.

Single Area Discussion: In lieu of a tour, some groups prefer discussing just one area of the museum. We offer 15-20 minute discussions on the objects in one of these three areas: Human Origins, Archaeology, North American Peoples, Current Special Exhibit, or Archery.


PLEASE NOTE: Our tours only cover our museum and do not include any other museums or exhibits in Ellis Library. You will need to contact the individuals of those respective areas if you wish to book a tour with them while you are visiting. Please let us know if you do this so that we can help coordinate logistics of moving groups between museums and other parts of the library. If you need assistance contacting the correct individuals we are happy to help you with this process!

Schedule A Tour

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Please be prepared to provide the following:

  • School or Organization name (if applicable)
  • Grade level or age group
  • Group size, including teachers/chaperones**
  • Date and time including alternates
  • Topics interested in or purpose of tour
  • Which tour will you be taking? Standard (45min), Abridged (30min), Single Area Discussion (15-20min)
  • Name, email, and phone number of two contact persons


For groups age Kindergarten – 8th grade we ask that there is a minimum of one adult leader for every ten students.  During the tour we ask the leaders to be responsible for the students’ behavior and remain with them at all times. The chaperones and teachers count as group members, so please keep that in mind as our maximum number of individuals in a group is 20. We do not offer tours for children younger than kindergarten.


Visitor parking is available in the parking structure located on Hitt Street and University Ave. You may leave your bicycle in the bicycle-racks provided in the front of the building. Buses may unload on Hitt Street in front of the east  entrance.

Self-Guided Tours


Contact Us

Questions About Booking a Guided Tour?

Call 573-882-3573
Email the Tour Coordinator

Donations are always welcome! 

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