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Tours at MCB

MCB strives to bring the past to life—for adult and youth groups, church groups, community organizations, and families. Check out our collection of unique artifacts with a guided tour, or try hands-on activities such as throwing spears, creating a pinch pot, or using stone tools. Contact us to plan your museum experience: 361 582 2511

School Program

Field trips are 1.5 hour programs that include a scavenger hunt and two hands-on activities. We offer a choice of activities to fit your class’s interests and needs. See your options below!

*Groups of less than 60 students can choose to have only one hands-on activity.

Where Texas History Began program

Field trip options for this program will engage your students with state history, from the tools & technologies of the earliest Texans, through life for the French colonists and Spanish settlers. Aligned with social studies TEKS. Scavenger hunts can cover the entire museum or a specific topic: French Explorers, Spanish Settlers, and Early Peoples.

Hands-On Activities

Groups can choose one activity from each of the lists below!

Where Texas History Began Activities List A

  • Pinch Pots
  • Your Mission
  • Your Voyage
  • Where Does It Go? *Fall 2017*

Where Texas History Began Activities List B

  • Atlatls (Grades 4+)
  • Building La Belle
  • Early Tools
  • Build Your Own Boat *Fall 2017*

Traveling Trunks

We are currently offering 4 traveling trunks for rent: Uncovering the Past (archaeology and early peoples related), Texas Industries, Texas Symbols, and French Explorers and Spanish Settlers.

Each trunk is $5 for a one week rental. The trunks include lesson plans, artifacts and artifact replicas, and flashcards.

Add our pinch pot activity supplies to any trunk rental for an additional .50cents per participant! The supplies will be prepared and ready for pick-up with the trunk.

Click here to download a coupon for a FREE trunk rental!

For more information or to book a trunk please contact Education Coordinator, Amanda Lanum at (361) 582-2559 or

Group Policies

  • Advance reservations are required for education programs.
  • Large groups may be divided into smaller sections to make programs run smoothly.
  • Every ten students must have an adult chaperone (at least 18 years old), who is admitted free. Additional adults will pay regular group admission.


  • Students must be accompanied by adults at all times.
  • Food and drink can harm our artifacts; please don’t bring them inside. Lunches may be eaten outdoors on the college campus.

Make Birthdays Historic at MCB

The museum is currently booking themed birthday parties during regular museum hours. Guests can select either Early Explorers or Archaeology Madness as their theme. Party crafts and activities are geared for children ages 7 and up.

Birthday Party $200 fee includes:
25 guests including adults
1.5 hours in the museum
Tables, table coverings, chairs, cutlery, napkins, plates, and cups
Themed decorations
Invitations (only provided not mailed)
Set-up and clean-up
1 Craft (see below)
1 Activity (see below)
Refrigerator/freezer if needed

Early Explorers
Crafts: Make your own compass OR Make a boat using paper plates
Activities: Pin the boat on the Mississippi OR Build and test a fort

Archaeology Madness
Crafts: Artifact coloring sheet OR Pump drill
Activities: Mock dig OR Atlatls (ages 9 and up only)

$1 and $5 gift bags are available for pre-order.

For more information or to book a party please contact Amanda Lanum at (361) 582-2559 or

Summer Camp Registration Forms

Archaeology 101 Registration Form (children entering 4th - 8th grade)

Archaeology Explorers Registration Form (Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies)

Beginner Archaeology Registration Form (children entering Kinder-3rd grade)

Junior Archaeologist Registration Form (Girl Scout Juniors, Cadets, and Seniors)

History Explorers Registration Form (children entering 4th - 8th grade)

Camp Q&A Registration Form (children ages 9 - 12
Where Texas History Began