Group Visits / Field Trips

Group Visits & Field Trips

A minimum of 10 people is required for group rates. Please call the museum at 517-787-2320 or email to schedule your group visit!

Galleries and Grounds

The Ella Sharp Museum features six galleries with rotating content in our Hadwin Center, the Hurst Planetarium, the Ella Sharp Farmhouse and the historical buildings & sculptures on our grounds. Our can explore art, Jackson history, wildlife and much more.

Hurst Planetarium

Discover the universe in all its wonder in our Hurst Planetarium. Our shows put you inside the virtual universe as you fly past more than 9,000 stars, planets, galaxies and more on a 30-foot-wide-dome. Shows are led by a live presenter and are followed by Q&A sessions.

The Hurst Planetarium features a variety of different shows for school groups to choose from with shows appropriate for Preschool groups all the way up through adult groups.

Group Admissions

Pricing Options

$5 – Groups receive one choice:
Gallery Admission
Historic Building Tour
Planetarium Show

$8 – Groups receive choice of two:
Gallery Admission
Historic Building Tour
Planetarium Show

$10 – Groups receive all three options

Add-On Activity: +$3/person

An additional Hands-on interactive activity based on current Museum or Planetarium programming. Please call for details and arrangements.


  • We grant free admission to the teachers/group leaders, the bus driver, and chaperones (please see ratio below). Additional chaperones that plan to attend must pay the student rate.
  • All groups must put down a 50% deposit to secure their spot. This is a non-refundable deposit unless you cancel your group visit at least 48 hours in advance.
  • We recommend a minimum of 3 hours for your visit to include time travel between activities.

Chaperones are free with the paid admission of the required number of students:

  • Preschool-Kindergarten: 1 chaperone per 5 children
  • Grades 1-3: 1 chaperone per 8 children
  • Grades 4-8: 1 chaperone per 10 children
  • Grades 8 & Up: 1 chaperone per 15 children

Hurst Planetarium

Private In-Person Planetarium Shows:
Contact us directly at 517-787-2320 or email