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Great Valley Museum

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Natural history museum on Modesto JC west campus

The campus has pay-to-park lots. The museum is on the first floor of the only 4 story building on... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Anaheim, California
Best Area Museum

MJC did an outstanding job when they created the new Great Valley Museum. It's a must see. Also... read more

Reviewed June 26, 2018
Anna B
Modesto, California
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4 weeks ago
“Natural history museum on Modesto JC west campus”
26 Jun 2018
“Best Area Museum”
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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2201 Blue Gum Ave, Modesto, CA 95358-1052
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The campus has pay-to-park lots. The museum is on the first floor of the only 4 story building on campus. There is a nominal admission charge. The staff is friendly and helpful. It is a fine, if modest sized, museum dealing primarily with the flora...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ransom007
Reviewed June 26, 2018

MJC did an outstanding job when they created the new Great Valley Museum. It's a must see. Also they have events for star gazing in the evening and family science events.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Anna B
Reviewed December 9, 2017

A smaller museum, good for about 1 1/2 hours plus a visit to the planetarium. Keep in mind the planetarium has limited hours so call ahead. Friendly staff and informative exhibits although a little more info on the wildlife would be nice. The road to...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank PamelaMcD
Reviewed May 24, 2017

I recently took my kids here, and they LOVED it!! I went as a child, but I must say, that the remodel and move has greatly improved the experience. I'd recommend the Great Valley Museum for a family outing.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank elizabeth c
Reviewed February 6, 2017

The museum is not large but provides an excellent overview of the wildlife and habitat of California's Central alley.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank GMS1556
Reviewed January 14, 2017

I think young children would like this museum, as they have a room for kids to beable to do things. I visited with my teenager and it was nice. It was well laid out and quiet, but small, it does not take long to get...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Cat33R
Reviewed September 12, 2016

always well maintained in new location; well thought out selection of specific critters and ecosystems from the valley region.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Bryteworks
Reviewed March 20, 2016

Didn't make it to the museum. All parking lots we saw were by permit only or a day pass to be purchased at a kiosk. Could not see any kiosks, so gave up. Perhaps someone in the know can post the how to on this...More

Date of experience: March 2016
5  Thank jmmccas
Management response:Responded November 22, 2016

jmmccas, we are sorry for the frustration with our parking situation. The museum is on a community college campus and parking can be a bit tough when classes are in session. Parking is free on Saturdays and there is less traffic. Please note that we...More

Reviewed January 23, 2016

We had a wedding group basically killing time before dinner, and about 13 of us went here. Some very interesting displays, including the solar system to scale in the entry way. We saw a planetarium show about earthquakes. There is a suspended globe which basically...More

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank choo2drivr
Reviewed January 10, 2016

I visited here with my daughter and two grandsons yesterday and we all had an enjoyable time at this local museum. The museum is housed in the science building of Modesto Junior College west campus. The museum was moved here from a smaller building less...More

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank MSWMom50
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Ildiko T
March 23, 2016|
Response from choo2drivr | Reviewed this property |
There are several places in the museum with seating and the activities aren't too loud. I can't speak for the weekends because we were there on a Friday, but I doubt there would be a problem with spending a couple of hours... More