Chocolate Tours are available for groups of 10 or more when booked in advance. See special information before booking. These tours include the Special Chocolate Exhibition plus Anniston Museum's Permanent Exhibit Halls.
Types of Tours Available
• General Tours (10 or more, unguided/teacher led)
• Unguided Tour with add-on Special
"Nature Space Program" (max 60/70, see terms below)
• Small group, guided (min 10, max 30)
Pre-Visit Guidelines/Rules For Group Touring
Buses please pull up to the front entrance of the Museum upon arrival.
Everyone should remain on the buses until a staff member greets your bus.
Groups will receive an introduction on each bus by a Museum Staff member unless otherwise directed. From time to time we may use our Outdoor Pavilion (weather permitting). Please instruct students/adults to pay close attention to the Staff member’s instructions.
Groups that need to make a restroom visit will do so as they exit the bus with the Staff person. Each group will make the visit and then proceed into the exhibit area. Unfortunately, due to the chronological nature of this exhibit, everyone cannot unload and visit restrooms at one time.
Please inform the Bus Drivers that they can park in the lot across from the Museum, in the Museum parking lot next door, or along the curb to the left going out of the parking lot. To do this they may circle in the Berman Museum lot and come out to park on the curb.
This exhibit is different from any other exhibit we have offered. It is a wonderful but very large exhibit which sets up certain situations that we have no control over. Crowd movement and restrooms are our main issues. We ask you to be as patient as possible and we will try to make every effort to ensure a great trip for you and your students.
Please inform your chaperones of all of this information prior to arrival at the Museum. So many times parents/grandparents show up uninformed and get upset with the Museum staff. We suggest that you refer all of your traveling adults to our website for information on this exhibit, www.annistonmuseum.org. Click on Chocolate and go to the exhibit overview and visit guide.
Preparing to Tour:
There will be an introduction to the Museum and Exhibition by Museum Staff. This will be done bus by bus unless otherwise instructed. Please inform everyone traveling with the group of this plan.
If your students are going to tour with their parents or in small groups they will still need to begin the visit bus by bus. Please have the students organized with the adults in this manner.
1 group 10-30 students
2 groups 31-60
3 groups 61-90
4 groups 91-120
Over 120 students please ask for assistance
of the Tour Coordinator prior to arrival.
Please remind students that no gum, candy or liquids are allowed in the Museum.
Once your groups are in the Museum, except in an emergency, there is no re-entry. Please plan your day accordingly. If you plan to shop please do so before you exit the Museum. You may make a second trip to the restrooms before exiting if needed. If you plan to picnic after your tour, you may visit the Berman Museum restroom before you reload the bus.
Other important items:
Picnic– Picnic tables are located throughout the Museum grounds and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not have any indoor eating facilities, however, there is the opportunity to rent Berman Museum Auditorium for $25 if you desire. They can seat 80 visitors at one time. Book this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Covered pavilions in Lagarde Park can be reserved by calling 256.236.8221.
Museum Gift Shop– We encourage you to work time into your schedule to visit the Museum Gift Shop for all the chocolate goodies. The Gift Shop is small and will only be able to handle one group at a time. Please plan your tour time accordingly. We will assist you with your groups and their visit if needed. Gift bags can be pre-purchased by e-mailing Secretary@annistonmuseum.org.
Restrooms– Students will have the opportunity to visit restrooms prior to the Museum introduction if needed. Our facilities are small and it could take up to 30 minutes to do this for a group of 75 or more. We ask that teachers and chaperones help move the groups in and out of the restrooms as quickly as possible. If you are a local group, we strongly urge students to visit restroom prior to leaving school. If you have students that need to re-visit the restrooms while touring please take them in small groups.
Re-entry– Except in an emergency there is no re-entry during this special exhibit.
Group behavior– Please discuss Museum behavior with students prior to arrival. The following are a few rules we require all groups to follow to ensure a safe and fun educational visit for everyone.
• Students under the age of 18 must be with an adult at all times-
• Please no food, candy or liquids in the exhibit area or special
exhibit area. This includes baby bottles and/or cups.
• Please no running, pushing or general disruptive
behavior in the Museum.
• Please use inside voices to respect other visitors.
We look forward to having you at the Museum and would like for you to visit our website and complete a teacher survey after your visit. We love feedback and use it to hopefully make each field trip more enjoyable for everyone. Thank You for visiting.
Unfortunately, our restrooms are small and it can take large groups up to 30 minutes just to complete this task. If possible, please visit a restroom prior to arrival at the Museum if traveling by car.
Arrival at the Museum:
Buses will pull up to the front door and a Museum staff member will board the buses to give an introduction to the Museum and instructions for touring. Please read the group touring guidelines for teachers (above) so you will be familiar with the rules and regulations.
Only one bus at a time will unload and follow a staff member to the restrooms. At that point, if you are to chaperone that bus, you will join the group. If your bus has not unloaded you will need to wait near the bus that has your student(s).
Please assist teachers in getting the students in and out of the restrooms quickly. As the students exit the restrooms they will gather at the entrance of the Chocolate exhibit until all the group members are ready to tour.
We will unload one bus at a time. As one group starts the exhibit a second group will make the restroom visit and if there is a third, fourth or fifth bus we will have a holding area with a brief video playing to help assist this process.
Once again, we ask that you also read all of the teachers/group leaders information on touring procedures during this exhibit. We hope that your trip will be enjoyable and you will come back for another family visit soon.