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Science Museum of Minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd W
St. Paul, MN 55102

Homeschool ClassesField TripsMembership Discount

Homeschool Classes

For many years, the Science Museum offered well-liked programming specifically for homeschool audiences. Unfortunately, the Science Museum has decided to invest their time and energy into growing other offerings in their broad selection of educational programs and therefore has not offered homeschool class programs since the 2012–2013 school year.

The Science Museum hopes homeschool families will take advantage of their discounted family memberships for educators and encourages everyone to explore their summer camps, school release day programs, special exhibits, and the many other museum offerings.

Please send your comments or questions to registrar [at] smm.org

More information online at www.smm.org/homeschool.


Field Trips

Groups

Field trip rates are available for school groups visiting the museum Tuesday through Friday (except school holidays), and arriving no later than 12:30pm. Advance reservations are required for all field trips.

Submit a Reservation Request online or call 651-221-9444 to make your reservation by phone.

Educator Guides

The Science Museum website offers Educator Guides in PDF format with suggestions for before, during, and after your museum visit to enhance your experience with experiments, drawing activities, reading suggestions and more.

Online Learning

Online educational experiences that can be enjoyed from home (or the coffee shop or wherever you find yourself with internet access and some time to explore)


Homeschool Discounts

Membership Discounts for Teachers

Details and application forms for the Membership Discounts for Teachers can be found at www.smm.org/teacherdiscount. Please double-check the following against the Science Museum's website for the latest information.

Membership Discounts for Teachers currently costs $84/year (a regular household membership is $99/year, so the discount is $15/year, about 15% savings) and covers two adults and any children or grandchildren in your family who are under the age of 18.

Membership includes ...

  • free museum admission (obviously)
  • one free Omnitheater film per family member each time you visit
  • discounts on parking, special exhibits, and classes
  • reciprocal free admission to other museums that belong to the Association of Science-Technology Centers
  • more good stuff

The current policy states that ...

  • "Homeschool parents must provide a copy of the Compulsory Instruction Report or Letter of Intent they filed with the state for the current year"
  • "Proof of eligibility is required every year if you'd like to renew your membership with the teacher discount"

The Compulsory Instruction Report to which they refer is not a membership card to any homeschool support organization.

The Compulsory Instruction Report is either your Initial Report to Superintendent or your Letter of Intent to Continue Homeschooling. This is the form which homeschool families file with their local school district (not with "the state") every year starting the first October 1st after their child turns 7 years old.

If your child is 7 years old, you've completed and filed this form (or will by this October 1).

The policy of the Science Museum of Minnesota is that homeschool families do not qualify for the Educator's Club Membership if the eldest homeschooled child is under the age of 7.

Note: There are many other versions of these forms out there, including one put out by the MDE which is titled Minnesota Compulsory Instruction Report and which asks for more information that they are entitled to receive. The MHA form is designed to (1) include only what the law requires you to report and (2) be relatively easy to complete.


Information subject to change. Please check with Science Museum of Minnesota for the most current information. Last updated on Wed, Sep 30, 2015.