Tours

Group Visits to Anniston Museum of Natural History

Discounted group rates are available for pre-scheduled tours, for groups of 10 or more.

To receive a group rate, pre-book your tour at least two weeks in advance for a self-guided and three weeks in advance for a guided tour.

Payment will be made upon arrival and must be paid in one payment (one transaction). Cash, check (with ID), VISA and MasterCard are accepted. Please note: Any adults and children accompanying the group, but who pay individually at the front desk, (anyone whose payment is not included already in the group leader's single payment, made at time of check-in) will be asked to pay regular full price admission. There are no exceptions. PLEASE NOTE: Groups must provide payment or an official Purchase Order with name, address and phone number of business or school at time of check-in. Unfortunately, the Museum will not be able to provide admission to groups without a payment or Purchase Order. 

To schedule your tour, e-mail kevin@annistonmuseum.org or gmorey@annistonmuseum.org%20or call 256-237-6766 and request the Education Department.

On this page you will find the guidelines for touring. It is important that you read them carefully and contact the Museum’s Tour Coordinator if you have further questions. 



Guidelines For Touring


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Click headings below for information on specific tour options:

General Group Tours

School Group Tours

Live Animal Presentations

Tips for Touring

Tour Fax Sheet

Schedule a Tour

E-Verify Documents for Schools


 



General Group Tours

Adult, Church Groups, Senior Citizens, Tour Operators

Self-guided tours allow your group to move at their own pace and focus on areas of interest. Self-guided tours are available Tuesday-Sunday (see general information for operation hours). Click here for an Exhibit Hall map and details about each exhibit area. Self-Guided: 1 hour, $4/person. Or why not make it a $7/person unguided "combo visit" including Berman Museum, next door: $4/person unguided at Anniston Museum and $3/person unguided at Berman Museum! What a great package deal! 

Guided Tours. Groups of 10-30 may book a guided tour. Guided tours (for groups other than school groups) are designed according to the age level of the group. Advance reservations of three-weeks or more are required. Tour operators and bus drivers are free. Home school groups receive one free adult per 10 students. Guided tours are lead by experienced docents (educational guides) and/or Museum staff. Allow approximately 2 hours for a guided tour and an additional hour to visit other Museum attractions such as the Museum Store, Bird of Prey Trail and Tropical Conservatory as well as the Berman Museum of World History. Guided: 1 ½ -2 hours, $7/person

Discovery Tour: Available: Thursdays only. For small groups of 15 or less/30 minutes in Collections with a maximum of three groups or 45 visitors total. Time: determined by group size- up to 11/2 hours. Group rate: $5/person; includes Museum admission. Visitors will discover a rarely seen area of the Museum in this ‘behind the scenes’ tour with the Collections Department. Visitors will learn about the care and curation of exhibits in a Natural History Museum. Afterwards visitors can explore the seven permanent exhibit halls at their leisure.

To schedule a tour e-mail kevin@annistonmuseum.org or gmorey@annistonmuseum.org%20or call 256- 237-6766 and request the Education Department, or print and fax Tour Fax Form for scheduling.

Add to your visit:

Scavenger Hunts
Enhance your group or family visit to the museum with a grade specific scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts are designed to support the Alabama Course of Study for grades 2-12 and are a great way to get more out of your visit to the museum. An Animal Bingo is available for K-1st grade.

Click here to go to the Scavenger Hunt page, where you can download grade level scavenger hunts for your group.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON PAYMENTS FOR GROUP TOURS: Payment must be made upon arrival, and must be completed in one transaction. Cash, check (with ID), VISA and MasterCard are accepted. Please note: Any adults and children accompanying the group, but who pay individually at the front desk, (anyone whose payment is not included already in the group leader's single payment, made at time of check-in) will be asked to pay regular full price admission. There are no exceptions. Groups must provide payment or an official Purchase Order with name, address and phone number of business or school at time of check-in. Unfortunately, the Museum will not be able to provide admission to groups without a payment or Purchase Order. 


 

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School Group Tours

Available for public, private and home school groups.

Forms below are available as PDF documents only. Download a free copy of Adobe Reader at http://get.adobe.com/reader/

E-Verify Documentation                 W-9 Form

Teacher-led: 1 hour $4/student/chaperone. Groups of 10 or more. Teachers are free. Design your own tour to fit curriculum and support current classroom focus. Or why not make it a $7/person unguided "combo visit," including Berman Museum, next door: $4/person unguided at Anniston Museum and $3/person unguided at Berman Museum! What a great package deal!


Guided: 1 ½ -2 hours $7/student/chaperone (unless otherwise stated) 
Three-week advance reservations are required for groups of 10 or more, with a maximum of 30 visitors per tour. Teachers are free. Home school groups receive one free adult per 10 paying students.

Specialty Guided Tour options:

Touch Trek Tour: (PK-2nd Grade and Special Needs groups)    Available: September- May on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Large groups are divided into 35 students or less and rotate every 30 minutes into the discovery room. Group rate: $5/person 

Students can explore their world in the children’s discovery room and through hands-on activities provided in an educational kit for a teacher-led tour of other major exhibits. Nature Space, the hands-on discovery room, encourages exploration and appreciation of natural history through interactive stations including microscopes, an earthquake machine, and a cave. An Educational Specialist will provide a thirty minute program that reinforces curriculum connections for each grade level. Curriculum Connections: Kindergarten: Senses; First Grade: Habitats in Your Backyard; Second Grade: Design for Life.


Wild Walks: (3-12th Grade)    Available: Tuesdays only for groups of 35 students or less. This tour can be adapted for adults. Time: 45 minutes for Wild Walk, 1 hour for Teacher-led tour of Museum. Group rate: $7/person  

Take a walk on the wild side during this outdoor exploration tour. This tour will focus on the understanding of plant ecology. This grade specific tour is designed to teach plant identification as well as the ecology of this diverse area. Each season holds a different adventure. The Alabama Forestry Commission has designated this area of the Museum grounds a Treasured Forest. Students will have an opportunity to see Alabama’s second largest loblolly pine as well as view live birds of prey. Enjoy a teacher-led tour of the Museum after the Walk.



Discovery Tour: Available: Thursdays only. For small groups of 15 or less/30 minutes in Collections with a maximum of three groups or 45 visitors total. Time: determined by group size- up to 11/2 hours. Group rate: $5/person; includes Museum admission. Visitors will discover a rarely seen area of the Museum in this ‘behind the scenes’ tour with the Collections Department. Visitors will learn about the care and curation of exhibits in a Natural History Museum. Afterwards visitors can explore the seven permanent exhibit halls at their leisure.

To schedule a tour e-mail kevin@annistonmuseum.org or gmorey@annistonmuseum.org%20or call 237-6766 and request the Education Department or print and fax the tour form to 256-237-6776.

Add to your visit:

Scavenger Hunts
Enhance your group or family visit to the museum with a grade specific scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts are designed to support the Alabama Course of Study for grades 2-12 and are a great way to get more out of your visit to the museum. An Animal Bingo is available for K-1st grade.

Click here to go to the Scavenger Hunt page, where you can download grade level scavenger hunts for your group.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON PAYMENTS FOR SCHOOL TOURS: Payment must be made upon arrival, and must be completed in one transaction. Cash, check (with ID), VISA and MasterCard are accepted. Please note: Any adults and children accompanying the group, but who pay individually at the front desk, (anyone whose payment is not included already in the group leader's single payment, made at time of check-in) will be asked to pay regular full price admission. There are no exceptions. Groups must provide payment or an official Purchase Order with name, address and phone number of business or school at time of check-in. Unfortunately, the Museum will not be able to provide admission to groups without a payment or Purchase Order. 

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Live Animal Presentations

Add a 45 minute live animal presentation for your group.
$100 per group, per presentation. Limit 180 people per presentation. Choose from these exciting topics!

Awesome Animals – a live animal program featuring unique animals from all over the world!

Alabama Animals – learn about the awesome diversity of animals that are native to our wonderful state!

Reptiles – call them slimy, scales, or cold blooded, but these unique animals have been here for millions of years and still have a few tricks up their sleeves!

Birds of Prey - discover these fascinating animals and what separates these majestic creatures from other birds.

To schedule a Live Animal Presentation, or to add one to your scheduled tour
, e-mail kevin@annistonmuseum.org or gmorey@annistonmuseum.org%20or call 237-6766 and request the Education Department.

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Tips for Touring

Unloading/Parking: Parking space is very limited: travel in as few vehicles as possible. Buses may unload students at the Museum entrance, then park across the street. Buses must maneuver a shape turn when exiting the Museum. Bus drivers are admitted free.

Picnic areas: Picnic area is first-come first-serve basis. There are 13 picnic tables on the Museum grounds. There are also covered picnic sites in Lagarde park, just beyond the Museum. To reserve Lagarde Park picnic facilities and picnic-area restrooms, you may call Anniston Parks and Recreation Department at 256-236-8221. On-site food facilities are not available, however many restaurants are in close proximity to the Museum; some cater to school groups.

Food, beverages (including baby bottles), chewing gum, and tobacco are not allowed in the exhibit halls. These encourage insects which can cause extensive damage to animal mounts.


Accessibility: Museum exhibit halls and Museum Store are fully handicap accessible. Two wheel chairs are available for our guests. Seating is provided throughout the exhibits.


Museum Store: No visit is complete without a visit to the Museum Store. Ready-made souvenir gift bags are available upon request. Request more information when scheduling your visit.


Outdoor Exploration: Get the most from your visit with some outdoor exploration! Enjoy the Museum’s Gardens & Nature Trails.

 

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