Planning Your Visit – FAQ

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.

Can we eat lunch there?
You may bring your own bag lunches to eat in our lobby or outside when the weather is nice. Please ask about lunch space when making your reservation as indoor space is limited.

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?

(Grades preK-8)
(Grades 9-12)
AdultTeacherChaperoneMember childMember adult
Regular Admission
$10.50 (Age 3-12)
$12.50 (Age 13-17)
$13.50 (Seniors)
MN/WI teachers are free with school ID or pay stub.n/aFree with membership card.Free with membership card.
Group Rates
A minimum of 10 paying guests are required.
Group rates are only available with advance reservation. Families, camps, clubs, and tour groups are all eligible.
$6$6 (up to age 17)$11MN/WI teachers are free with school ID or pay stub.n/aFree with membership card.Free with membership card.
School Field Trip*
Aquarium admission for accredited schools. This rate is for academic programs only. It does not apply to camps or clubs. A reservation is required to receive the school rate.
$5$5 $5 FreeGrades preK-8: 1 free chaperone per 5 paying youth
Grades 9-12: 1 free chaperone per 10 paid youth
$5Free with membership card and ID.
Homeschool Groups
Rate applies exclusively to homeschool children and their parent(s) or legal guardians. It does not apply to additional guests. 24-hour advance reservation required. Learn more:
$6 $6 $11n/an/aFree with membership cardFree with membership card
One-hour Class
($20 minimum per one-hour class)
Add $2 per hour per youthAdd $2 per hour per youthAdd $2 per hour per youthn/an/aAdd $2 per hour per youthn/a