Interpretive Programs

at Mastodon State Historic Site

an interpreter helps a boy find a fossil in a rockAccessible Symbol


Inside the museum, you can view a slideshow that interprets the historic site. It is started every half hour during museum hours, with the last showing beginning 30 minutes prior to closing time.

Museum Hours

Museum Fees:

Fees include tax. Qualified tax-exempt organizations MUST provide a copy of a tax exempt certificate at the time of payment.

Adult/Teen (Ages 13 and up): $4
Youth (Ages 12 and under): Free

Group Rates:

Adult/Teen (Ages 13 and up): $3.50
Youth (Ages 12 and under): Free

School and Group Programs

Museum admission and programs are free to student groups and their teachers/leaders (including homeschoolers). A reduced admission fee may apply to adult groups larger than 15. Due to staff limitations, interpretive programs are not offered to the general public on a daily basis.

Interpretive programs:

  • Length
    - approximately one and one-half hours long
  • Available
    - March through November - 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30-2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
    - December through February - call 636-464-2976 for arrangements
  • Includes
    - a slideshow
    - interpreter-led presentation
    - museum tour
    - a hike to the former excavation site (If there is inclement weather on the day of or day prior to the visit, the trail may be inaccessible. An indoor educational scavenger hunt is substituted for the hike.) 
  • Subject Matter
    The program concentrates on ice age mammals and early man. Other available topics include: "Prehistoric Life Skills;" "Early Man and Technology;" and "Fossils." Geology, naturalist and forester programs for Scout badge requirements are also readily available.
  • Reservations
    - call the museum at 636-464-2976
    Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Demand is highest for morning programs in March, April, October and November. Reservations are taken no more than nine months in advance and should be made no less than two weeks in advance.

A variety of educational materials are free to teachers who make a reservation. Call site staff at 636-464-2976 to obtain these materials in advance of your visit.