Great Valley Museum

2201 Blue Gum Ave, Modesto, CA 95358, United States


The Great Valley Museum opens eyes, touches hearts and inspires action to discover, respect and protect our natural heritage and the environment. Science literacy and the unique Central Valley are fostered by engaging students , educators and the community through on-site and outreach programs. The museum acts as a resource for educational institutions, including Modesto Junior College.


Their  home in the Science Community Center on the Modesto Junior College West campus gives you the wonders of science and nature:

  • View of native habitat in the Central Valley of California
  • The Discovery Room
  • Physics on a 3-D globe Sphere (SOS)
  • Virtual Periodic Table
  • Tours, lectures, and field trips
  • Displays the Planetarium
  • Traveling Teacher outreach programmes


The Science Community Center is also home to the Science Mathematics & Engineering Division. A new $70 million, 109,632 SF, four-storey building featuring a planetarium, observatory, lecture halls, science laboratory classrooms, laboratory prep spaces, staff offices and ancillary spaces. The building also houses the Great Valley Museum, which contains natural history displays, a lecture hall, a museum store and outdoor displays.


The planetary display is amazing. The 40-foot dome ceiling has taken parts of the earth and the world in a way that no one has ever seen before. This show is planned for Jr ages. High and beyond that. Shows are also appropriate for smaller groups beginning at age 4.


The museum has some amazing exhibits and very experienced teachers to lead you on a very informative tour. There are museum areas reflecting the various types of ecosystems found in this area.

They even have a children’s exploration area complete with a variety of snakes and even a few tarantulas that people are lucky enough to be able to get really close to for a very cool look.


This is another Valley jewel that has modernized but still retains a relatively low-screen & low-fluorescent aesthetics. It has medium-sized but unprecedented displays of local flora and fauna. There’s a play area for the kids with magna-tiles, etc.

The Great Valley Museum is hosting its 8th annual Wild Planet Day Family Science Festival on Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. Up to 3 p.m. The Science Community Center at the Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Lane, Modesto. Admission for a day is $5 per person and $20 for a family of up to six. Children 4 years and under are free of charge.


This fun-filled festival includes hands-on science events for all ages, including a celebration of California’s brown bear with informative talks by Ranger Shawn Estes, an interpretive specialist in the Stanislaus National Forest.


Wild Planet Day offers family-friendly events for all ages including arts and crafts, dissection of owl pellets and squids, chemical tests, giant bubbles, rock painting, solar telescopes on the rooftop observation deck, and a chance to create a bird feeder. Smokey Bear will be on hand to increase awareness of fire safety.

This amazing landmark is located in Modesto, California and is only a short distance away from these other amazing attractions:

  • McHenry Museum
  • Lucca Winery
  • Funworks Modesto
  • Graceada Park
  • Hillier Air Museum
  • ESCAPE Modesto
  • Jacob Myers Park
  • Mavis Stouffer Park

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