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

To Schedule a Group Visit

For groups of 15+ MCB offers guided tours on Tuesdays-Fridays, 10am-3pm. $1.50 per person. To book a visit, contact Amanda Lanum, Curator of Education & Public Programs: (361) 582-2559 or amanda.lanum@victoriacollege.edu.
  • Please call the museum if your visit needs to be canceled or rescheduled, or to make other changes.
  • To learn more about what’s here, check out the Exhibits section of our website: www.museumofthecoastalbend.org/exhibits

School Program Fees

  • Students are $1.50 each
  • One adult chaperone for every ten students is free; additional adults are $1.50 each 4th and 7th grade school groups from the Victoria Independent School District are funded through VISD and MCB – these groups visit the museum for free and receive VISD-sponsored transportation.
If you are struggling to fund your field trip, please let us know – sponsorship may be available. Our history should be accessible to all.

Teacher Resources at MCB

Click on the links below for resources designed for teachers. The field trip guide includes information about how our tours align with TEKS, pre- and post- field trip activities, and more.

Want a piece of MCB?

Pre-order souvenir bags for your group! We offer two versions, priced at $1 and $5 per bag. For more information, check out the document below, or contact Cheryl Beran: (361) 582-2434, cheryl.beran@victoriacollege.edu. Souvenir bag flyer

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 Cake 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 Amanda.Lanum@VictoriaCollege.edu

Group Policies

Guidelines

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 amanda.lanum@victoriacollege.edu.

School Program

Field trips are 1.5 hour programs that include a scavenger hunt and two hands-on activities. See your options below!

*A 4-station option is available for groups over 60 students and a guided tour option is available for groups of 50 and smaller.

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. Tours are 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

  • Atlatls: Learn about atlatls by throwing spears on the front lawn! (Grades 4+)
  • Building La Belle: Create the life-sized outline of a French explorer's ship.
  • Early Tools: Try real tools made and used by people from thousands of years ago.
  • Pinch Pots: Create and decorate your own palm-sized pinch pot.
  • Build Your Own Boat: Students work in groups to create a boat that floats, moves and carries cargo.
  • Cording: Use raffia to create cording the same way the early people of Texas did.
  • Weird and Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals

    Interested in prehistoric mammals? Ask about tours for Weird and Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals, opening February 2019.