The Neville Public Museum

Guided Tours 2019/2020

After 36 years our permanent exhibit will be temporarily closed from May 2019 until June 2020 for much needed upgrades.  During this major renovation two of our special exhibit galleries will remain open, and a handful of new smaller displays will also be available for you to see.  Tour groups are welcome and encouraged to visit during this time!

During your visit you will spend time with a tour guide who will share some of the highlights of our current special exhibits, participate in an educational program of your choosing (see below for options) that takes place in our classroom space, and have self-guided time to explore the exhibits in smaller groups.  Each of these components will last about 40 minutes, for a total of experience of about 2 hours.  You may also reserve space to eat lunch for an additional 30 minutes.

How to Reserve a Tour

You can fill out the Online Tour Request Form below, or call Ryan at (920) 448-7840 or email with the below information:
  • Three options of dates your group is available to visit
  • Your arrival time
  • The number of students and adults who will be attending
  • The grade level of your students
  • Which classroom activity you'd like to participate in (see below)
  • Whether you'd like to reserve our lunch space

Fee Structure
  • Schools, home school groups, and other youth organizations: $4 per youth and adult for guided tours, $3 for self-guided visits.
  • Adult groups and organizations:  $7 per person, with accompanying youth at $3
  • Minimum group size:  10 students; maximum group size: 90 students.  Groups smaller/larger are welcome to do a self-guided visit at the same per person rates as above
  • Other rates may apply for customized tours and activities as requested.

Classroom Activity Options 
Please choose one of the below options to accompany your guided tour:

Then and Now (Grades K-3) 
People throughout history have all needed the same things:  food, shelter, clothing, and entertainment.  In this program students will learn about some of the different groups of people who have called Wisconsin home over the last 12,000 years and have a chance to handle some of the resources that helped those communities survive.

Experience the Fur Trade (Grades 4-6)
Transport your students back to one of the most important turning points in Wisconsin history.  Students will handle reproductions of items used during the fur trade and experience some of the challenges and rewards that traders and Native People would have faced by participating in a simulation game.
*This program requires at least one adult chaperone for every five students.

Space Stations (Grades 4-8) 
Wrap your mind around the sizes and distances of bodies in space in this out-of-this-world workshop!  Students will learn about the proportions of the planet’s sizes and plot the distance between them, create their own lunar and solar eclipses, view constellations and hear the legends behind them, and discuss the lifecycles of stars and other celestial bodies.

Ice Age Adventures (Grades 4-8)
The world was very different 20,000 years ago…much of the Earth’s surface was covered with ice, giant animals roamed the land, and the first people populated the entire globe.  Through a series of games and projects your students will learn about the struggles our early ancestors faced in this harsh environment.

* Required

Upcoming Events

SPARK! 19-May-2020

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Museum Hours

Sun: Noon-5pm
Mon: Closed
Tue: Noon-8pm
Wed: 9am-5pm
Thu: 9am-5pm
Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat: 9am-5pm

First Wednesday of every month: 9am-8pm*
*With free admission for Brown County residents from 5pm-8pm with proof of residency