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field trips


Children are eager to learn in new places and spaces. With the multitude of STEAM education opportunities at the discovery center, your students will see their curiosity and imaginations expand in a safe environment.

The three-story center offers your students the chance to touch 150 exhibits throughout our 12 one-of-a-kind galleries. From the Move Gallery where your students will be introduced to core concepts involving simple machines, gravity, energy transfer, velocity and acceleration to the signature Magic Climber where your students can climb the 37-foot exhibit from the lower level prairie dog crawl, up the oil derrick, through the clouds to finally reach the magnificent B-52 bomber at the very top. This experience can guarantee that new memories will be made. 

To ask questions or for further information on field trips please reach out to Karen Langemo at

Field Trip Details:


  • Museum availability for field trips are:

    • 9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

    • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. available on Thursdays and Fridays

    • 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.

  • Field trip visits to the discovery center will be 2 hours.

  • Field trip visit rate is $5 per person. This includes children and chaperones. MCDC annual membership admission does not apply to field trip visits.

  • Schools and other groups of 8 or more can get a discounted rate.

  • To ensure students get the best experience we require 1 adult to 6 children ratio.

  • Please provide at least one week's notice if you are unable to commit to the scheduled date. 

  • If your group will not be able to arrive by your scheduled time, please call the front desk at (701) 858-7529.


  • Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time.

  • Ahead of your arrival, please have your students placed into their groups as this helps when it is time to hand out wristbands.

  • Buses, please arrive under the canopy.

  • Upon arrival, students and chaperones should remain on the bus until a Discovery Guide comes to meet you on the bus to explain the museum rules, procedures, and general information. 

  • All personal items, such as bookbags, should remain on the bus.

  • As your group enters the discovery center, one group leader should check in at the front desk to report the final tally of students and adults and to pay for the field trip.


  • Students are expected to always use walking feet while exploring the museum.

  • All guests are expected to use respectful language. Rough housing with exhibits and/or other visitors is not permitted. Disruptive, disrespectful, and/or abusive behavior will result in being asked to leave the discovery center.


  • If your field trip falls over the lunch hour or you are visiting us from out of town and need to bring a lunch: Please let us know ahead of your arrival.

  • Bagged lunches are encouraged and should be left in the designated bin in the lobby. Food and drinks are only allowed in designated areas.

  • Please be sure all chaperones are informed of your scheduled lunch time and place. 

  • Snacks may be brought or purchased but must be consumed in the designated snack areas. 

  • For the safety of all discovery center guests, please refrain from bringing snacks/food items containing peanuts and other common food allergies.



  • Pending your departure, please ensure that your chaperones have accounted for every student and all their belongings.


  • We encourage your students to bring an extra change of clothes, shirt and bottoms, in case they get wet in the Water Flow Gallery.


  • The Magic City Discovery Center is not responsible for accidents/injuries.

Ready to Plan your field trip?

By clicking the button below you will be taken to our Field Trip Inquiry form to fill out. A MCDC Education Department staff member will be in contact with you soon to work through the details of your field trip!

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