Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to visit?
September through March! Education programs are offered year-round but programs are almost always sold out in April through June.
How far in advance should I make a reservation?
Planning ahead helps us provide your group with the best educational experience. For the self-guided experience, 48 hours advance notice is required to receive the special rate. If you plan to dive in deeper with a class please contact us at least two weeks in advance. We will always try to accommodate groups but remember that certain times of the year fill quickly.
How do I register?
It’s easy! Just fill out the registration form online, and we will contact you to finalize your visit.
What is the minimum group size?
Groups of all sizes are welcome. Education group rates apply to groups with a minimum of ten visitors.
How and when do I pay?
The educator who greets your group will ask the lead teacher to stop at the ticketing desk. Have an accurate count of the number of students, chaperones, and teachers to help things go smoothly. You can pay by check, cash or credit card. You may also bring a purchase order and be billed.
What are the rates?
|Adult||Teacher||Chaperone||Member child||Member adult|
|Regular Admission||$10.50 (Age 3-12)|
$12.50 (Age 13-17)
|MN/WI teachers are free with school ID or pay stub.||n/a||Free with membership card.||Free with membership card.|
A minimum of 10 paying guests are required.
Group rates are only available with advance reservation.
|$6||$6 (up to age 17)||$11||MN/WI teachers are free with school ID or pay stub.||n/a||Free with membership card.||Free with membership card.|
|School Field Trip*|
Aquarium admission. A reservation is required to receive the school rate.
|$4||$6||$6||Free||Grades preK-8: 1 free chaperone per 5 paying youth|
Grades 9-12: 1 free chaperone per 10 paid youth
|Free with membership card.||Free with membership card.|
Aquarium admission. A reservation is required to receive the homeschool rate.
|$4||$6||$6||n/a||1 free adult per 5 paying youth||Free with membership card||Free with membership card|
($20 minimum per one-hour class)
|Add $2 per hour per youth||Add $2 per hour per youth||Add $2 per hour per youth||n/a||n/a||Add $2 per hour per youth||n/a|
Can we eat lunch there?
You may bring your own bag lunches to eat in our Café space or outside when the weather is nice. Please ask about lunch space when making your reservation as indoor space is limited.