Wright Museum of World War II History

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77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

The Wright Museum’s mission is to preserve and share the stories of America’s Greatest Generation for the benefit of generations to come. As a one-of-a-kind non-profit institution, the Wright Museum collects and displays artifacts that illustrate the Second World War’s significant and lasting impact on American life.

During WWII, Americans from all walks of life pulled together to defend freedom against a global threat to our commonly-held values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of a better life. Hardened by the privations of the Great Depression, Americans were primed for the sacrifices necessary to thwart the forces assembled against them.

The Wright Museum consists of three distinct sections: a home front gallery and theater, a two-story Visitor’s Center, and the museum’s military wing, which houses exhibits devoted to all branches of the armed services. Among the highlights of the museum’s military exhibition is a large collection of fully-operational vintage military vehicles, including a 42-ton Pershing tank – the only known surviving example from the 1945 crossing at Remagen Bridge.

Twice a year, we make this collection available for rides for the general public. 2014 will mark the 17th year that the Wright Museum will host its annual Family Day event. The cost of admission includes two vehicle rides, a BBQ lunch, and much more.

The entire museum is air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, and the parking lot has ample space for tour buses.

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Wright Museum for Summer Camp & Scout Campers

Make the Past Come Alive for Your Campers & Scouts!

Thank you from the Tuftonboro Central School children sent to the Wright Museum

The Wright Museum is the region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages interested in the Second World War. The museum shares its rich collection of artifacts through dozens of exhibits that illustrate the American WWII experience.

A visit to the Wright Museum is an ideal introduction to or culmination of your WWII instructional unit. Call the Wright Museum today at 603/569-1212 to learn more and schedule your class visit today! You may also e-mail us at donna.hamill@wrightmuseum.org for more information.

The Wright Museum Experience

Educational Programs at the Wright Museum

“Check out the tank!”, “Incredible experience,” and “You help keep the past alive” are just a few of the quotes heard from the thousands of students, grades 3 through 12, who have toured the museum over the past 16 years .

Tours begin with a brief orientation lecture and video to introduce or reinforce the broader historical context of the museum’s exhibits.

During the course of their tour, visitors of all ages come away with a fuller understanding of the values, sacrifices and spirit of cooperation that contributed to the Allied victory.

Volunteers, many of whom served during the war or who can recall their Home Front experiences, assist with tours. Grade-appropriate materials are given to instructors with pre-tour and post-tour study suggestions.

For more information about how you can integrate a museum visit into your U.S. History/WWII unit, please call 603/569-1212.

Preparation Materials

Teachers may download materials for use prior to and during their students’ visit to help provide an appropriate level of focus. Materials are grade-level appropriate for upper elementary, middle, and high school students.

Grades 4-6

Grades 7-9

Grades 10-12

Take a Sentimental Journey through Dozens of Great Exhibits!

Military Wing of the Wright Museum

Fascinating exhibits laden with vintage artifacts and interactive displays bring to life the American WWII experience. A collection of dozens of fully-operational military vehicles lies at the core of the Wright Museum’s collection. In addition to the thousands of square feet devoted to telling the stories of Americans on the frontlines, extensive displays also illustrate the transformative changes that took place on the home front.

Plan your visit today. Among the museum’s highlights are fully-furnished period vignettes including a 1942 gas station, corner soda fountain, and dentist office.  Learn about:

  • Child Life in the 40s
  • Entertainment and Popular Culture
  • Citizen Support for the War Effort
  • Recycling and Rationing
  • Scientific and Technological Advances
  • Women’s Role on the Home Front

 Traveling Trunk

This resource contains WWII artifacts (some real, some reproductions) with related worksheets, audio-visual tools, and other educational activities designed to meet New Hampshire Curriculum Framework and Lesson Plans.

Travelling History Trunk

Activities include figuring ration plans, learning about what was produced in New Hampshire for the war effort, Civil Defense, War Bonds, and creating a Victory Garden. The trunk is available to schools and can be used in the classroom for up to two weeks.

Both the Stories in the Classroom and the Traveling Trunk are free and are a part of the Wright’s effort to bring the museum to students in the Granite State and beyond.

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Destination Hours and Admission

Hours of Operation

May 1 – October 31st

Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, Noon-4pm.

Tuesday evenings in July and August, we are open from 6 to 8pm for our Summer Lecture Series.


November through January

Closed to Public but will be open on Veteran’s Day and is host to the Wolfeboro Festival of Trees.


February, March & April

Sundays beginning in February 2013 for the Cabin Fever Lecture Series. Doors open at 1:30 PM, Lectures begin at 2:00 PM

Open by prior arrangement for school visits and group tours Monday – Saturday.

Please call 603/569-1212 to arrange a date and time.

Admission Fees

Wright Museum Members Free
Adults $8.00
Veterans and Seniors (55 and over) $6.00
Children (5-17) $4.00
Children (4 and under) Free
School Groups of 15 or more people $3.00 per person, with up to 4 chaperones free.
School Groups under 15 people Regular admission rates apply
Tour Groups of 15 or more people $5.00 per person, with up to 1 guide/1 driver free
There is a 10% AAA discount available on normal admission fees.
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1305 White Mountain Highway, Milton, NH, United States 13.83 mi

The New Hampshire Farm Museum is a non-profit 501 c3 educational organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and carrying forward New Hampshire’s rural and agricultural heritage. The New Hampshire Farm Museum consists of two adjoining farmsteads situated on 50 acres located on Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, New Hampshire. The historic Jones Farm and the Plummer Homestead are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and were passed down in the same families for two centuries. The Museum operates a working farm growing heirloom varieties of vegetables for our Community Supported Agriculture Program and for sale in our Country store. We raise hens for eggs and keep a small selection of heritage breed farm animals to support our educational efforts. We have displays of agricultural implements and educational exhibits on rural life and agriculture for the visiting public and our many visiting school children. We offer guided tours of the historic Jones farmhouse as well as farm animal tours. Special events and programs, workshops, and day camps are offered throughout the year.

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Planning Your Group Visit

School, homeschools, scouting or camp groups are all welcome at the New Hampshire Farm Museum We need a minimum of 10 children or $60. to run a program. The museum accepts school and youth group visits from May 1st through December. Visits can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm depending on the program.

To Schedule Your Visit : Please call 603-652-7840 or email: info@farmmuseum.org.

We recommend one chaperon per ten students. Chaperons or home school parents are charged at half the student rate. There is no charge for teachers, group leaders, counselors or bus drivers or children ages 3 and under. In good weather students can pack a lunch to eat in our picnic area. We have an outdoor handicapped accessible restroom/port-a-potty. We can show students historic games like hoop rolling and graces for all to play with during lunch. We welcome students to shop in our Country Store if permitted during lunch break. The store contains many inexpensive items, educational toys, juice and soda, penny candy and farm grown produce and eggs.

School and Youth Programs at the NH Farm Museum

The New Hampshire Farm Museum provides a wonderful, hands-on opportunity for your students to explore New Hampshire’s agricultural heritage and see where farming and technology intersect with New Hampshire history.  Students who visit the museum have the opportunity to tour a working organic farm and learn about agricultural practices such as the “three sisters”, a method of co-planting corn, beans, and squash that the European settlers learned from the Native Americans. In addition to being a working farm, the museum is home to a vast collection of historic agricultural implements and artifacts of rural life including Daniel Webster’s plow and Horace Greeley’s privy and two historic farmhouses. No visit is complete without a chance to interact with the heritage breed farm animals!

Any of the following educational programs offered by the museum can be easily adapted to fit your curriculum and meet your class’s specific needs.

The Ox-Cart Man: Farms & Families at Work 

Program recommended for grades k-3. Offered May-mid-November. Cost $6 per child. 10 student minimum-60 maximum, Approx. 3 hours

In this hands-on program based on NH poet Donald Hall’s story, The Ox-Cart Man, children explore the way families lived and worked in the past throughout rural New England. The students tour the 18th-century farmhouse cape and learn about the roles of each member of the household and how each was needed to make the family’s living. In gathering farm products to bring to market, they learn about the artifacts and objects of daily life in Colonial times. On their hunt through the barn they search for many of the farm objects depicted in the story and learn about barter and trade. Students make butter, meet our sheep, chickens, turkeys and pig, work with wool, try a planting or harvesting activity and help pack the ox-cart for the trip to Portsmouth.

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: Rural Life & Technological/Agricultural Evolution 

Program recommended for students grades 3-8. Offered May-mid-November Cost $6 per child. 10 student minimum-60 maximum. Approx. 3 hours

The Jones Farmstead consists of a set of connected farm buildings referred to in an old children’s rhyme as, “Big House, little house, back house, barn.” Each piece of this connected farm structure tells a different story about New Hampshire history from Colonial times to the Twentieth century. In this hands-on program students learn about rural life and technological and agricultural change in New England as they tour the historic farmhouse, hunt for artifacts in the barn, and participate in farm chores. Students will view “Hands to Work,” a short film which uses oral histories and historic photographs of New Hampshire farming. They will try farm chores like grinding corn, carrying water with a yoke, and doing the wash. They will visit the farm animals and make butter. This program can be used supplement lessons on the transition from farms to factories as part of economic evolution or adapted to fit a range of other learning goals.

Hands to Work Program for Pre-schoolers

Program recommended for children ages 3-5 yrs. Offered May through mid-November. Cost: $5 per child. 10 student minimum- maximum: 25. Approx. 2 hours.

Children will learn all about the work on the farm and how the children helped in this completely hands-on program for pre-schoolers. They will grind the corn to feed the chickens, do the wash with washtub and wringer, pump the water at the well, feel the wool from the sheep, churn the cream to make butter, plant a seed or harvest the vegetables depending on the season and explore the Big Yellow Barn to hunt for fun things related to the farm.

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving on the Farm 

Program recommended for children grades K – 5. Offered November 1st through November 20th. Cost: $7 per child 10 student minimum- maximum 45. Approx. 2 ½ hours.

New Hampshire has a special connection to Thanksgiving as it was our own Sarah Josepha Hale who persuaded President Lincoln in 1863 to declare it a National Holiday. Students will enjoy a tour through the historic farmhouse with costumed roleplayers portraying the Civil War Era. Then they will learn to grind and pound flint corn to make our cornbread and to churn cream into butter for our bread and press apples to make cider for us to drink. We will also explore the 104 ft. long great barn on a special barn hunt and visit with our heritage breed turkeys and other farm animals.

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2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301, United States 30.1 mi
(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)
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Hidden in Concord, New Hampshire is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. An educational journey to this Discovery Center is sure to appeal to anyone and everyone. The Discovery center offers has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore engaging in anything from into the exploration in astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

Visitors can finds themselves immersed in a world of its own delving into an excellent learning environment with programs designed for all ages! With a state of the Planetarium theater to high tech observatory to workshops for younger audiences and educators, there is something for everyone at this Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Come Experience New England’s premier Space Science and Air Center. 

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Groups of all ages visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, from Red Hat Ladies and Scouts to summer campers and senior center field trippers! Groups of 15 or more paying visitors qualify for our group general admission rate of $7 per person! Add planetarium show tickets to your visit for an additional $5 per person; check our calendar for the show schedule of the day you’d like to visit. We recommend reserving show tickets in advance as there is limited seating in the theater; please call Visitor Services at (603) 271-7827 x0 to reserve your tickets.

Please click on the following to learn about more fun activities we have available for groups of all sizes!

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The Discovery Center also offers overnight programs!

Scouting

Girl Scouts

NEW! Juniors – “Get Moving!” Journey Workshop – learn about energy use and light pollution.
A 2-hour workshop can be tailored for all Girl Scout pathways to help complete new badges and journeys in the “Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting” and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Workshop includes a planetarium show and hands-on activities.

Boy Scouts

  • Astronomy Merit Badge
  • Aviation Merit Badge
  • Space Exploration Merit Badge

We can also help with Cub Scouting! Please call and we will help set up an appropriate workshop.

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18 Highlawn Road, Warner, NH, United States 37.04 mi

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center, is dedicated to connecting people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. The Museum embraces cultural diversity and encourages responsible environmental action based on respect for nature. Through exhibitions and programs, the Museum seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world.

Voted by NH Magazine as the Best Cultural Center of 2012, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is a great place to bring the entire family. Fun educational tours, beautiful grounds, the Village of Warner and Rollins State Park are all reasons to visit. Children will appreciate the scenic sets, animated characters, and realistic costumes to be discovered at Mt. Kearsarge!

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum brings you on a memorable journey encompassing the amazing diversity of North American Indian cultures and reverence for nature. Discover the past by examining artifacts left behind in various ancient Indian territories. Combination tours also include a guided walk through the Medicine Woods Nature Trail featuring 100 plants native to our area, that were used by Native peoples for tools, medicines, shelter, and more!

Don’t forget to make a pit stop at The Dream Catcher Gift Shop to purchase a souvenir on your way out!

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Over the course of 20 years, MKIM has offered educational group tours to over 105,000 children. Education is the core of our mission and we look forward to welcoming your group on a memorable journey encompassing the amazing diversity of North American Indian cultures and reverence for nature. In addition to school tours, MKIM offers tours for homeschoolers, scout tours, senior tours, and special interest tours for groups such as cultural awareness, gardening, craft, Native studies, and museum studies groups.Groups begin their visit by viewing a 10-minute DVD that orients them to the museum. Museum Educators introduce themselves and lay out the framework and rules for the tour. Then the journey begins!Enter the Northeastern Woodlands with its birch bark containers, moose hair embroidery and split ash baskets, into the Southeast with artifacts from the Seminole and Cherokee cultures. Around a corner, enter the Southwest with a fascinating discussion about corn, pueblo pottery, Navajo weaving and basketry from the western part of the country.Next, step into the Plains Galleries.  This work, completed under the direction of Chris Bullock, Wampanoag, brings a full-scale furnished tipi into the galleries! Children and adults alike will marvel at this glimpse into Plains life with discussions of the American bison, beadwork and feather headdresses. The Northwest Coast is represented by artifacts such as harpoon heads, fur lined moccasins, model kayaks and more recent stone sculptures.Finally, our Ceremonial Room focuses on the pipes, the musical instruments and the regalia that have been used in ceremonies of all kinds by Native Americans. Connect the Circle Tours also include a guided walk through of the Medicine Woods Nature Trail, where we have over 100 plants native to our area that have been used by Native peoples for tools, medicines, foods, dyes, transportation, shelter, and more. Click here to download a Group Reservation Form. 

MKIM is a natural resource for classroom teachers, home schoolparents, youth group leaders and enrichment coordinators. In addition to offering group tours of the museum the museum offers Educator Resource Kits, Outreach Programs and specifics on how MKIM aligns with the New Hampshire Department of Education’s State Curriculum Frameworks for Teaching Social Studies.

Plains-style tipi.  Photo by Richard Senor. 2008.

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Group tours

Guided tours of the Museum for groups of 10 or more are available by reservation only. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance. Please call (603) 456-2600 or download and mail in the Group Reservation Form to secure your spot today!

MUSEUM GROUP TOUR PRICES
Students 12 and Under $5.50
Students 17 and Under $6.50
Adults 18 and Over $7.50
Seniors 65 and Over $6.50
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TOUR PRICES
Students 12 and Under $10.50
Students 17 and Under $12.50
      Adult Chaperones $5.00
      Teacher Aides Free
Adults 18 and Over $14.50
Seniors 65 and Over $12.50
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1740 U.S. 1, Cape Neddick, ME, United States 39.27 mi

Whether you are planning a recreational half-day tour, a multi-day overnight adventure or pursuing a new paddling skill, Excursions will provide you with an exciting and unforgettable experience. Explore the inspiring coastline and tidal rivers of Southern Maine, as you discover close up views of shore birds, hidden beaches and historic lighthouses. Our trips are designed for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Our equipment is state of the art and all of our tour staff are Registered Maine Guides offering you not only state licensed personnel but truly dedicated and knowledgeable leadership.

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Custom Group & Corporate Adventures – Excursions has become a destination for many youth groups and corporate teams, as well as family and friends. We specialize in designing custom adventures for groups of varying sizes, interests and expectations. We offer everything from coastal day tours to sunrise, sunset and moonlight excursions. In addition to great paddling and exploring, our food packages add just the right touch. Coffee and muffins or wine and cheese – picnic lunch or barbeque – or maybe you would like to experience a good ol’fashioned downeast lobster bake? You decide – great food, great fun, great company. Our staff of outdoor professionals will provide you with a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Call today and let us design an exciting adventure for you and your group!Scheduled daily for groups of 8 or more
Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect.
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Overnight Adventures – Join us for a weekend getaway that will be the highlight of your summer. Our paddling destination includes the picturesque islands and pristine rivers of Maine’s Casco Bay Region. We will spend two days paddling and exploring and one unforgettable evening relaxing and camping on a remote Island. All meals are provided by us, so kick back and enjoy as your guide prepares delicious food around the campfire and entertains you with tall tales and the art of stretching the truth. We will provide all the necessary paddling equipment, camping gear and transportation. Just bring your personnel gear, spirit of adventure and a few tall tales of your own!Overnight trips for custom groups of 6 or more can be scheduled anytime throughout the season. Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect. Contact Excursions for more details.

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7 Congress Street, Portland, ME, United States 47.39 mi

The Portland Museum of Art, founded in 1882, is Maine’s oldest and largest public art institution. The Museum’s architecturally significant buildings unite three centuries that showcase the history of American art and culture. The Museum’s collection of more than 17,000 objects includes decorative and fine arts dating from the 18th century to the present. The heart of the Museum’s collection is the State of Maine Collection, which features works by artists such as Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, and Andrew Wyeth. The Museum has the largest European art collection in Maine. The major European movements from Impressionism through Surrealism are represented by the Joan Whitney Payson, Albert Otten, and the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, which include works by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, René Magritte, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, and Auguste Rodin. The Elizabeth B. Noyce Collection, a bequest of 66 paintings and sculptures, has transformed the scope and quality of the Museum’s American collection, bringing to the Museum its first paintings by George Bellows, Alfred Thompson Bricher, and Jamie Wyeth, and adding masterpieces to the collection by Childe Hassam, Fitz Henry Lane, and N. C. Wyeth. In addition to exhibitions, the Museum has constantly changing educational programs, family festivals, lectures, art classes, musical concerts, bookgroups, art camps, gallery talks, and much more.

The Museum’s collection is housed in three architecturally significant buildings

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142 Free St, Portland, ME 04101, United States 47.4 mi

Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families! The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.

The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children’s development and learning.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine serves as an indispensable resource for educators. In addition to inspiring discovery and imagination through exploration and play, we offer a variety of educator-led school programs. All programs are linked to the Maine Learning Results and can be adapted to suit the needs of your students. Group visits allow your students to learn through play while exploring the Museum & Theatre. Adding an optional educational program can enhance your group’s experience, teaching your students about science, culture, arts and theatre with hands-on, artifact-rich learning experiences. Our educators are eager to make your job easier – please let us know how we can best serve your needs and the needs of your students!

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Youth Group Programs 

Onsite Programs & Group Visits

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The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine serves as an indispensable resource for educators. In addition to inspiring discovery and imagination through exploration and play, we offer a variety of educator-led school programs. Group visits allow your students to learn through play while exploring the Museum & Theatre. Adding a program can enhance your group’s experience, teaching your students about science, culture, arts and theatre with hands-on, artifact-rich learning experiences. Our educators are eager to make your job easier – please let us know how we can best serve your needs and the needs of your students!

BOOKING A VISIT TO THE MUSEUM

Reservations

Group reservations must be confirmed with a Museum & Theatre staff person at least 24 hours in advance. Please begin by clicking the appropriate link below to submit your group reservation request. A staff member will contact you to confirm that your requested time is available, arrange the details of your visit and process payment.

Click here to complete an online request form for a Group Visit.

Click here to complete an online request form for a Group Visit with a Program.

Schedule

Schedule a two-hour visit on Tuesday through Friday (9am-5pm).

Group Size

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group admission rates.

Rates

$6 per person for a two hour visit to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own!

$7 per person for a two hour visit plus a program: visit includes time to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own.

Two adults per 10 children are admitted free. Payment can be made on the day of the visit. Checks, credit cards and purchase orders are accepted.

Special Offer!

Receive $0.50 off each admission when your group visits in September, October, January or February.

During our programs, our educators share a variety of scientific and cultural resources with your group, encouraging hands-on learning, discovery and engagement.

We frequently revise our programs to ensure a high quality experience for students and educators. If you have booked a program in the past and you want to be sure that specific features are still included, please discuss your expectations at the time of booking.

THEATRE PERFORMANCES FOR GROUPS

Group Size

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group ticket rates.

Groups up to 65 total adults and children may book a theatre performance.

Rates

Advance payment is required for theatre productions.

$7 per person for a 45 minute performance

$13 per person for a 45 minute performance plus play time: visit includes time to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own.

$400 to book a private show (1 month advance payment required; additional play time not included; audience max of 65)

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS

Science, Arts and Culture Programs

Camera Obscura

Ideal for grades K to Adult

How do our eyes really work? Find out inside of our Camera Obscura, a room-sized optical exhibit demonstrating principles of light, perspective and vision. Discover the similarities between cameras, our eyeballs and periscopes in this interactive show, then create a collaborative piece of camera obscura art to take back to your classroom.

Color Matters

Ideal for grades K to 5

Markers, magazines and cameras all process color, but in very different ways. Investigate the world of color systems at a series of interactive art and science stations. We’ll find that there is much more to color than what meets the eye!

Prehistoric Fossil Detectives

Ideal for grades K to 5

What is a fossil, and what can it tell us? Experience the life of a fossil through dramatic play, and then explore our collection of prehistoric fossil replicas to determine which creatures they once belonged to. You’ll get to touch and examine real dinosaur fossils!

Maine Animal Adaptations

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 3

Discover an array of Maine animal adaptations using drama and real artifacts from the Museum & Theatre’s collection. Compare the natural abilities and limitations of a variety of animals – even humans! Handle amazing animal artifacts like a moose antler, a turtle shell, mammal teeth, skulls and furs.

Meet the Turtles!

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 5

Learn about the anatomy and biology of various turtles and tortoises from land and sea. Explore real turtle artifacts like shells and skulls. Make your own observations when you get up close and personal with our yellow-bellied slider turtles.

Ocean Exploration: An Interactive Puppet Show

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 3

Learn about the ocean through the eyes of a little clownfish who’s going on a big adventure! Pretending we’re ocean creatures, we’ll explore everything from the shallowest tidepool to the darkest depths of the midnight zone.

Recycle Challenge

Ideal for grades K to 5

Reduce, reuse, recycle! We’ll explore these important conservation concepts in all sorts of playful ways. Have a recycle relay race, witness amazing recycling transformations and discover nature’s own recyclers.

Rock Cycle

Ideal for grades K to 5

Geology, art and mystery converge when we uncover the three stages of the rock cycle. Build your own model rock from scratch to learn how rocks compose our earth and discover all the ways they are part of our daily lives. Work in teams to explore mysterious situations and identify rocks, gems or fossils. View, touch and investigate rock and mineral specimens from the Museum & Theatre’s collection.

Simple Machines

Ideal for grades K to 5

When you use simple machines to solve silly problems, you earn superhero powers! Learn how to find practical solutions to real world problems and make work easier by rotating through six simple machine model stations.

StarLab: The Science of Constellations

Ideal for grades K to 5

What is a star made of? How did the ancients use the stars like a compass? Learn about the intersection between science and culture by observing the night sky in our mini planetarium. We’ll also analyze a set of stars and make up our own constellation myth. Choose a cultural theme: Greek, Navajo/Dine* or Chinese.

Navajo/Dine available September-March only

The Story of Istar the Whale

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 2

Using large format illustrated story cards we’ll share the life story of Istar, a real humpback whale who lives in the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about her daily routine, including what she eats, the places she travels, and with whom she spends her time. After learning about this famous whale’s life, we’ll go inside an inflatable 45 foot, life-size replica of her body.

We Are Maine: Explore India

Ideal for grades K to 5

Learn about India through the eyes of Jaharanara, a Maine child who has Indian family roots. You’ll explore aspects of Indian culture with your senses. We’ll smell aromatic spices, listen to Bollywood music and even learn to write a word in Hindi.

Whale Science

Ideal for grades 1 to 5

Compare and contrast the size of whale intestine, vertebrae and brain to those of a human. Discover differences between whales and dolphins by investigating real whale baleen. Learn about the many ways humpback whales travel through and adapt to their environments in order to survive. Then take a trip inside of Istar, our life-size inflatable humpback whale.

Worm Bin Workshop

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 5

Red wiggler worms make great neighbors! When a bin full of wrigglers moves into your classroom, they turn leftover scraps from lunches and snacks into rich compost for indoor and outdoor plants and gardens. In this workshop, we’ll learn about all kinds of worms, including red wrigglers, and the science behind Vermicomposting. At the end of the program, your group will have its own ready-to-use worm bin and the skills to keep it healthy and productive.

Additional materials fee: $50/bin

Theatre Programs

The Kids on the Block © Puppet Shows

Ideal for grades K to 5

Kids on the Block © is nationwide disability awareness program. In short skits, Bunraku puppets with different abilities, personalities, families and backgrounds help us break down boundaries and accept individual differences. Each program includes two skits; following each skit, students can ask the puppets questions and meet the puppeteers. Each skit explores a different topic related to health, safety or disability. Examples include cerebral palsy, visual impairment and Down syndrome.

Take the Stage

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 5

We’ll bring a familiar story to life with a series of improvisational theatre games. In this inclusive dramatic experience, everyone has a chance to build confidence and work as a team and take the stage! Create memorable interactive learning experiences that inspire students to think creatively, work cooperatively and make connections. Teachers and students will become familiar with process drama techniques that are versatile and easy to apply in the classroom. Choose from the following featured stories: The Three Little PigsWhere the Wild Things Are; and Cinderella.

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Outreach Programs

Meet Istar the whale!

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine can come to you! Outreach programs and performances bring the Museum & Theatre’s resources and expertise directly to your school.

The cost for an outreach program is $100 per program (exceptions noted in blue), plus mileage. There is a two program minimum beyond 10 miles and a three program minimum beyond 25 miles of the Museum & Theatre. Programs can accommodate a maximum of 25 students unless otherwise noted.

Reservations: To book an Outreach Program please begin by clicking the link below to submit your program request. A staff member will contact you to confirm that your requested time is available, arrange the details of your program and process payment.

Please note: We frequently revise our school programs to ensure a high quality experience for students and educators. If you have booked a program in the past and you want to be sure that specific features are still included, please discuss your expectations at the time of booking.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS FROM THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & THEATRE OF MAINE

Arts, Science and Culture

Maine Animal Adaptations

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 3

Discover an array of Maine animal adaptations using drama and real artifacts from the Museum & Theatre’s collection. Compare the natural abilities and limitations of a variety of animals – even humans! Handle amazing animal artifacts like a moose antler, a turtle shell, mammal teeth, skulls and furs.

Prehistoric Fossil Detectives

Ideal for grades K to 5

What is a fossil, and what can it tell us? Experience the life of a fossil through dramatic play, and then explore our collection of prehistoric fossil replicas to determine which creatures they once belonged to. You’ll get to touch and examine real replicas of dinosaur fossils!

Recycle Challenge

Ideal for grades K to 5

Reduce, reuse, recycle! We’ll explore these important conservation concepts in all sorts of playful ways. Have a recycle relay race, witness amazing recycling transformations and discover nature’s own recyclers.

Rock Cycle

Ideal for grades K to 5

Geology, art and mystery converge when we uncover the three stages of the rock cycle. Build your own model rock from scratch to learn how rocks compose our earth and discover all the ways they are part of our daily lives. Work in teams to explore mysterious situations and identify rocks, gems or fossils. View, touch and investigate rock and mineral specimens from the Museum & Theatre’s collection.

Simple Machines

Ideal for grades K to 5

When you use simple machines to solve silly problems, you earn superhero powers! Learn how to find practical solutions to real world problems and make work easier by rotating through six simple machine model stations.

StarLab: The Science of Constellations

Ideal for grades K to 5

What is a star made of? How did the ancients use the stars like a compass? Learn about the intersection between science and culture by observing the night sky in our mini planetarium. We’ll also analyze a set of stars and make up our own constellation myth. Choose a cultural theme: Greek, Navajo/Dine* or Chinese.

Navajo/Dine available September-March only ($125)

The Story of Istar the Whale

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 2

Using large format illustrated story cards we’ll share the life story of Istar, a real humpback whale who lives in the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about her daily routine, including what she eats, the places she travels, and who she spends her time with. After learning about this famous whale’s life, we’ll go inside an inflatable 45 foot, life-size replica of her body.

This program requires a large space such as a gymnasium or cafeteria. Istar can be inflated outdoors, but the interior cannot be accessed during outdoor use. ($150)

We Are Maine: Explore India

Ideal for grades K to 5

Learn about India through the eyes of Jaharanara, a real child in Maine who has Indian family roots. You’ll explore aspects of Indian culture with your senses. We’ll smell aromatic spices, listen to Bollywood music and even learn to write a word in Hindi.

Whale Science

Ideal for grades 1 to 5

Compare and contrast the size of whale intestine, vertebrae and brain to those of a human. Discover differences between whales and dolphins by investigating real whale baleen. Learn about the many ways humpback whales travel through and adapt to their environments in order to survive. Then take a trip inside of Istar, our life-size inflatable humpback whale.
This program requires a large space such as a gymnasium or cafeteria. Istar can be inflated outdoors, but the interior cannot be accessed during outdoor use. ($150)

Worm Bin Workshop

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 5

Red wiggler worms make great neighbors! When a bin full of wrigglers moves into your classroom, they turn leftover scraps from lunches and snacks into rich compost for indoor and outdoor plants and gardens. In this workshop, we’ll learn about all kinds of worms, including red wrigglers, and the science behind Vermicomposting. At the end of the program, your group will have its own ready-to-use worm bin and the skills to keep it healthy and productive.

Additional materials fee: $50/bin

Theatre Programs

The Kids on the Block© Puppet Shows

Ideal for grades K to 5
Kids on the Block © is nationwide disability awareness program. In short skits, Bunraku puppets with different abilities, personalities, families and backgrounds help us break down boundaries and accept individual differences. Each program includes two skits; following each skit, students can ask the puppets questions and meet the puppeteers. Each skit explores a different topic related to health, safety or disability. Examples include cerebral palsy, visual impairment and Down syndrome.

No maximum number of students

Stories of Kindness

Ideal for grades 2 to 5

One of the most effective ways to combat bullying is to celebrate kindness. With playback theatre – a simple improvisational theatre technique – we can use movement, sound and our own unique voices to reflect our best experiences and share stories of kindness. This program was developed with the help of nationally recognized anti-bullying expert Stan Davis as part of Youth Voices, a project dedicated to encouraging resiliency and celebrating positive peer experiences.

Take the Stage

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 5

We’ll bring a familiar story to life with a series of improvisational theatre games. In this inclusive dramatic experience, everyone has a chance to build confidence and work as a team and take the stage! Create memorable interactive learning experiences that inspire students to think creatively, work cooperatively and make connections. Teachers and students will become familiar with process drama techniques that are versatile and easy to apply in the classroom. Choose from the following featured stories: The Three Little PigsWhere the Wild Things Are or Cinderella.

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Scout Troops: Overnights and After-Hours Workshops

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Did you ever wonder what happens in the Museum at night? Did you know that the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine hosts after-hours workshops and sleepover camp-ins for Scouts and other recreation groups? Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts can earn badges and achievements through special workshops while exploring the Museum & Theatre when we’re closed to the public.

 

CREATE A CUSTOM EVENT FOR YOUR TROOP

ATTEND A COUNCIL-SPONSORED EVENT AND MEET OTHER SCOUTS

 


CUSTOM EVENTS FOR YOUR TROOP

We can work with you to create a custom adventure that’s just right for your Scouts. Whether your Scouts want to earn badges or just explore the Museum at night, we can plan a one-of-a-kind overnight or after-hours workshop that meets your needs.

(Looking to visit as a group during our regular hours? See our Onsite Programs and Group Visits page for info.)

GROUP OVERNIGHTS

You and your group will participate in a number of activities presented by our educators, have a late night snack and set up camp anywhere among our three floors of exhibits!

Overnights can be reserved any Saturday night (book early for best availability).

They begin at 5:30pm and run until 9am the following morning.

AFTER-HOURS WORKSHOPS

For children who are interested in attending a Museum & Theatre program after hours but who are not quite ready for an overnight, we offer evening workshops.

Evening workshops can be reserved any evening of the week (book early for best availability).
They begin at 5:30pm and end at 8:30pm.

PRICING AND RESERVATIONS

Pricing

The cost of an overnight is $26 per child and $14 per adult, with a minimum fee of $625.

Evening workshops are $12 per child and $4 per adult, with a minimum fee of $370.

Reservations

To start the reservation process, contact Louisa at 207-828-1234 x227 or louisa@kitetails.org.

SCOUT EVENT GUIDELINES AND POLICIES

Group Size
For overnights and workshops, we require a minimum of 25 children (or a minimum fee of $625) and can accomodate no more than 60 children. We require one adult chaperone for every three children. (Some exceptions can be made; contact Louisa to inquire.) If this isn’t the right fit for your group’s size, consider a group visit with a guided program during regular hours, or seeing a theatre production as a group.

Sleeping Arrangements

Children and chaperones will have assigned sleeping areas within our exhibits, including the fire truck, space shuttle and Discovery Woods. Small groups may be permitted to choose their own sleeping areas.

Food

Participants supply their own evening snack. (No nuts, please!) A breakfast is served the following morning which includes cereal, fruit and juice. Please make notation on medical forms if a child has specific dietary needs.

Shopping

There will be time in the morning to shop for Museum souvenirs.

Cancellation Policy

Decisions to cancel due to inclement weather will be made by the Museum & Theatre the day of the scheduled event. Museum staff will call the Troop or Pack contact that scheduled the event and notify them of cancellations. Deposits for weather-related cancellations will be credited toward a re-scheduled event. The Museum & Theatre reserves the right to cancel a workshop or overnight in the event registration does not meet minimum enrollment up to two weeks prior to the event. If cancelled, we will do our best to re-schedule or a full refund will be issued. If the reserving group cancels the reservation with less than two weeks’ notice, the $100 deposit will not be refunded.

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105 Haverhill Road, Salem, NH, United States 51.58 mi

Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure. A maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places, America’s Stonehenge is most likely the oldest man-made construction in the United States (over 4000 years old).

Like Stonehenge in England, America’s Stonehenge was built by ancient people well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It has been determined that the site is an accurate astronomical calendar. It was, and still can be, used to determine specific solar and lunar events of the year. America’s Stonehenge is a fun and educational place for groups and we offer a number of different things available as part of a Field Trip. 

Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips (All Grade levels)

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SUMMER CAMPS – HOMESCHOOL GROUPS – SCOUTS

We are happy to offer discounted admission to scouts, homeschool groups, and summer camps. Upon arrival we have students watch a ten-minute informational video to give them a brief history of the site. Chaperones will be given comprehensive tour guide maps to explain the features of the site.

A picnic area is available for lunches. We suggest bringing a bagged lunch as our snack bar consists mainly of candy, trail mix, water, and soda. Please plan on 2-3 hours to fit in all activities.

Hands-On Kid’s Dig

Starting mid-June through Labor Day our Kid’s Gemstone Dig is open daily to small groups and regular visitors. This activity allows students a hands-on approach to archaeology. In the Kid’s Dig, they will find a variety of artifacts including pottery, shells, charcoal, and polished stones. Students are allowed to take three polished stones home with them. The Kid’s Dig is included with admission to the site.

Alpacas

The alpacas are here year-round for your enjoyment. These friendly animals love to greet our visitors.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR GROUP DISCOUNTS.

Discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or more paid admissions. Payment must be made in one lump-sum by cash, business check, or credit card. We cannot accept personal checks. If you arrive with less than the minimum required for a group discount, you will be charged the appropriate rate. Group discounts cannot be combined with any other discount, offer, or coupon.

2013 RegularAdmission Rates:

Adults (age 13+): $11.00

Seniors (age 65+): $9.50

Kindergarten thru age 12: $7.50

Age 0 thru pre-school: $3.50

The group rate is $2.00 off the regular adult and senior admission rates, and $1.50 off the regular child admission rate (K – age 12). There is no discount for Pre-school or younger.

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1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT, United States 70.23 mi

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is much more than Northern New England’s museum of natural history — it is a place to marvel at the wonders of our world.  Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, the Fairbanks Museum invites you to explore your universe.

Inside our classic Victorian building, you’ll find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! Take a trip through the cosmos in Vermont’s only public planetarium, and see weather forecasts in the works in our Eye on the Sky Weather Gallery. A full calendar of events, workshops, lectures and field programs invites everyone to explore the nature of our world.

 Inside, our collections include some 175,000 objects:

  • 75,000 natural science specimens (mounted birds, mammals, reptiles and fish; insects; nests and eggs; shells; fossils; rocks and minerals; herbarium)
  • 95,000 historical artifacts (tools; toys; dolls; textiles; weapons; archival photographs and documents)
  • 5,000 ethnological items representing Oceania, the Near East, Africa, Egypt, Japan and native North America.

The only public planetarium in the state of Vermont opened in 1961 and continues to offer guided tours of the cosmos every week.

Discover … Explore … Experience … Inspire …

CURRENT EXHIBITS AVAILABLE HERE

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We have prepared a wondrous array of curriculum guides to help teachers and parents create activities within the Museum and beyond its walls. Our aim is to inspire curiosity and self-directed learning, so that children become life-long naturalists, always interested in the world around them.

The Museum’s learning experiences take place in our awe-inspiring galleries, state-of-the-art Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Nature Classroom, classic learning hall and outdoor space.

Contact us to plan your visit to the Museum.

For Educators:

The Museum’s Education team is ready to work with you and your school to help your students engage in active learning that excites them. Our curriculum guides are designed to meet VT State Standards.

The Museum is a fabulous and memorable destination for field trips! Let us help you plan this excursion.

Your class or group can come to the Museum for a field trip or for repeated learning experiences. Fees include 1 FREE chaperone for every 5 students.Choose from the following program options:

  • $5/student for a gallery tour
  • $8/student for 1 program
  • $10/student for 2 programs
  • Minimum rates apply for groups with fewer than 10 students.

Click here to plan your visit to the Museum.

Solar Slumber

It is easy to take the Sun for granted.  After all, it NEVER fails to shine, even if the clouds get in the way.  Recently, better technology has permitted astronomers to observe the Sun in great detail, revealing much more about the Sun.  It also shows many things we don’t know about the Sun.  While the Sun’s steady nature makes life on Earth possible, changes in daily, seasonally, and long-term solar activity affects our atmosphere, our satellites, and life on the Earth.

Students will learn to safely view the Sun, weather-permitting, and will observe (live or through images) details on the Sun’s surface.  Students will analyze data to discover patterns of solar activity, and then discuss the possible affects of the Sun on the Earth, including recent information about decreased solar activity.

NGSS: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, PS3

 Solar Slumber
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BOING!

Does sound cause movement?

Does movement make sound?

How does sound travel through the air?

Discover the properties of sound while making some of your own sounds.  Develop basic musical instruments to test your observations.  Using tools and ourselves, we will discover what makes sound and what does not. By the end we will solve the problem of how to use our bodies to demonstrate how sound traverses distance.

NGSS: 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-4

Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies!

Parasites and Poisons that can control our minds!

Although there are no supernatural monsters in this lesson, we will explore the ways in which real parasites have taken over their hosts, and how they may have inspired monster myths! Have you ever wondered what happens to a person who contracts rabies? Could parasites be responsible for some people’s reckless and dangerous behavior? Could toxins and poisons in nature cause people to behave like monsters themselves? This lesson is ideally suited for Third Grade through Middle School students.

NGSS: 3-LS4, 4-LS1, MS-LS1, MS-LS2, MS-LS3, MS-LS4

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Have a Ball!

What goes up must come down, but that law of motion doesn’t mean all objects travel on or through all surfaces the same.

Your students need only bring their innate curiosity and their creative and critically thinking minds to be ready for this class!

 

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Delve into our Solar System and beyond in the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Planetarium!

Planetarium experiences can expose your students, club members or community group to the stars and constellations, our moon, the planets, even concepts like orbits and gravity.

Planetarium Topics

  • Our Solar System
  • American Indian Star Stories
  • Tonight’s Skies
  • The Moon
  • Mythology and the Stars

Plan your visit to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium


Our staff meteorologists, the voices of the Eye on the Sky weather broadcasts, are also our weather educators.
What better source could there be for learning about the science behind weather and climate!

Introduction to Weather Instruments

What kinds of tools does a weatherperson use to measure what’s going on in the air? How do they work? Thermometers (liquid and bimetallic), anemometer, wind vane, barometer, psychrometer and rain gauge are explained and passed around for close inspection. A brief trip to the Weather Center and the Instrument Shelter closes the time.
Duration: 50 minutes, flexible for K (can include Weather Center/Instrument Shelter).
Suitable for grades K-3


Weather Center and Instrument Shelter

The title says it all! A guided view of the Northern New England Weather Center, including instruments and telecommunications equipment; then a quick trip to the Instrument Shelter for an explanation of its workings.


 

Weatherlore

Before computers, The Weather Channel, even the Old Farmer’s Almanac, forecasting the weather was a do-it-yourself project. And so, through hundreds of years of observing the weather, reliable signs were compiled and passed on, becoming those quaint country quips like when the cows lay down at midday, rain in on the way. Yet most, if not all of these bits of weather wisdom work. A look at the sayings, the science behind them, and a way for you to use them to forecast your own weather.
Appropriate for all ages.


 

How Do We Make a Forecast?

A day in the Life of a Meteorologist
An explanation of the process of making a weather forecast. We cover everything from taking local observations; through mapping regional, national, or hemispheric observations and using satellite imagery; to using computer model output. By the end your students should have a good understanding of how a meteorologist organizes his or her thoughts when faced with the task of figuring out the weather from 2 hours to 2 weeks into the future.
Best for Grade 4 & up.


Weather a la Carte!

  • Wind
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Moisture

These lessons could be presented one of two ways:

  • A short lesson focusing on one of four topics, with a “hands on” activity to follow, or,
  • A longer lesson focusing on one of four topics, with follow up materials provided for your class to conduct “hands-on” experiments back at school.

Suitable for students from Kindergarten to the third grade.

Plan your Weather Program visit.

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121 Webster Avenue, Chelsea, MA, United States 82.56 mi

Started almost 20 years ago in a warehouse in Boston next to the “Old” Boston Garden – Boston Paintball is in it’s Fourth and FINAL location in the Parkway Plaza in Chelsea Ma. It has been a long road, one could say this has been 20 years in the making. Boston Paintball largest indoor playing facility in New England by far since 1992. Conveniently located off of Rte. 1 in Chelsea MA near the Parkway Plaza next to Home Depot. Easily accessible from Commuter Rail (Chelsea). We cater to players of all skill levels and specialize in first time players.

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USS CONSTITUTION, Boston, MA, United States 84.33 mi

USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. It was first launched in 1797. Constitution is one of six ships ordered for construction by George Washington to protect America’s growing maritime interests. The ships greatest glory came during the war of 1812 when she defeated four British frigates which earned her the nickname “Old Ironsides,” because cannon balls glanced off her thick hull. The ship was restored in 1927 with contributions from the nation’s school children.

The Charlestown Navy Yard was built on what was once Mouton’s or Morton’s Point, the landing place of the British army prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was one of the first shipyards built in the United States. During its 174 year history, hundreds of ships were built, repaired and modernized, including the World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young. Today, thirty acres of the Navy Yard are preserved by the National Park Service as part of Boston National Historical Park.

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Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips

Take a tour of your ship USS CONSTITUTION. You’ll find free, guided tours available to our visitors. Each guided tour, given by several active-duty Navy Sailors, takes you through the ship’s spar deck (top deck), gun deck and berth deck and explains the history of the ship, its crew, and why we still have the ship here today. Guided tours begin every half-hour from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and last approximately one half-hour each. Each tour group can accommodate up to 80 visitors.

USS CONSTITUTION is a commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy and is not fully equipped to accommodate people with certain disabilities. We ask that any guests requiring additional assistance contact our Events Department prior to their arrival so that we may arrange the best possible tour. The crew of USS CONSTITUTION wants to ensure we make every effort to provide as many guests as possible the opportunity to enjoy and experience the history of our great ship.

Learn the History behind the USS Constitution here

Every Tuesday morning during USS CONSTITUTION’s Summer Hours, the crew of USS CONSTITUTION will be offering the CONSTITUTION EXPERIENCE. Visitors are invited to observe the Morning Colors ceremony (including the firing of USS CONSTITUTION’s Saluting Battery) from Pier One and then board the ship for a special extended tour of duty through the ship’s spaces before being escorted to the USS CONSTITUTION Museum. Group size is limited to 50 visitors. To reserve your spot, please email constitution.events@navy.mil. Visitors participating in the experience must arrive at Pier One by 7:40AM in order to participate.

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19 North Square, Boston, MA, United States 85.03 mi

On the night of April 18, 1775, silversmith Paul Revere left his small wooden home in Boston’s North End and set out on a journey that would make him into a legend. Today that home is still standing at 19 North Square and has become a national historic landmark. It is downtown Boston’s oldest building and one of the few remaining from an early era in the history of colonial America.

The home was built about 1680 on the site of the former parsonage of the Second Church of Boston. Increase Mather, the Minister of the Second Church, and his family (including his son, Cotton Mather) occupied this parsonage from 1670 until it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1676. A large and fashionable new home was built at the same location about four years later.

Paul Revere owned the home from 1770 to 1800, although he and his family may not have lived here in some periods in the 1780s and 90s. After Revere sold the home in 1800, it soon became a tenement, and the ground floor was remodeled for use as shops, including at various times a candy store, cigar factory, bank and vegetable and fruit business. In 1902, Paul Revere’s great-grandson, John P. Reynolds Jr. purchased the building to ensure that it would not be demolished. Over the next few years, money was raised, and the Paul Revere Memorial Association formed to preserve and renovate the building. In April 1908, the Paul Revere House opened its doors to the public as one of the earliest historic house museums in the U.S. The Association still oversees the preservation and day-to-day operations of this national treasure.

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Paul Revere House for Summer Camp & Scout Groups

The Paul Revere House offers interactive educational programs designed to acquaint your campers with Boston’s long and colorful history. Built in the 1680s for a wealthy merchant, the house became home to silversmith and famous midnight rider Paul Revere during the Revolutionary era. In the 19th century, landlords divided the structure into cramped apartments for immigrant families. Containing remnants of many periods,the house provides a perfect setting in which to explore everyday life from colonial times to the early 20th century.

Reservations

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

We accept reservation requests by phone(617-523-2338) or by fax. Before contacting the Education Department please fill out a Reservation Request Form (available to download below) to assist you in the planning process. We do not accept reservation requests by email. If you are planning to make a booking for April, May, or June, we encourage you to contact us several months in advance as these are popular times for field trips to the museum. 

Please remember that you do not have a reservation until we have confirmed the arrangements with you by telephone and you have received a written confirmation.

To request a reservation for a Paul Revere House site visit
or program, please use our Reservation Request Form

Summer Camp & Scout Group Trip Programs

Site Visit

For groups walking the Freedom Trail or on a whirlwind tour of Boston,this is the perfect option. Outside the Revere House, a member of the museum staff tells the story of Revere’s ride and presents a brief history of his home. Inside the building, museum staff provide a fascinating glimpse into everyday life for the Revere family, describing the intriguing furnishings and personal artifacts on display. Plenty of time is available for questions. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 30 – 45 minutes
  • Grades: 1st – 12th
  • Class Size: Up to 40 people at a time.
  • Larger groups may reserve consecutive times (30 minutes apart).
  • Fee: 75 cents per child 5-17, $2.50 per college student or senior over 62, $3.00 per adult

The Man Behind the Myth

During a short slide presentation, children find out what really happened on Revere’s midnight ride. In small groups, students examine letters, advertisements and reproduction artifacts, looking for clues about the man behind the myth. Intriguing details emerge about Revere’s personality, contributions to the Revolution, large family and many business ventures. An interactive tour of Revere’s house completes the program. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 4th – 7th
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students.
  • Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130

Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride: Storytelling Program

Find out what really happened during Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Watch a short slide show which separates the facts from the myths surrounding the ride, then retrace Revere’s route from his home in North Square towards the Charles River. Children don hats and carry props as they go,taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British soldiers, rowers, Samuel Adams, John Hancock and many others. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 1st – 3rd
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students
  • Fee: $130
  • One-hour version available for classroom presentation. Fee: $175. (Outreach Program)

Walking Tour: Paul Revere’s Boston

Explore the neighborhood where Paul Revere lived and worked. This tour includes stops at the locations of Revere’s silversmith shop and foundry, Boston’swaterfront, Copp’s Hill Cemetery and outside the Old North Church. As they explore the North End, students gather details about Revere’s life by inspecting prints and reproduction artifacts, and discover how Revere used Boston’s geography to his advantage. Price includes a tour of the Revere House and pre-visit materials.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 3rd – 12th
  • Class Size: Up to 20 students per tour. Two tours may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130

The Revere Children and the Siege of Boston

After his midnight ride, Paul Revere couldn’t return to Boston. Whatbecame of his family as patriot forces besieged the city, trying toexpel the British troops? Children find out as they take on the roles ofSarah, helping her mother pack to flee the city, and Paul Jr., leftbehind to guard the house against marauding soldiers. Pre-visitmaterials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 3rd – 6th
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students.
  • Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130
  • One-hour version available for classroom presentation. Fee: $175. (Outreach Program)

Boston’s North End: The Immigrant Experience

Paul Revere’s North End changed dramatically in the 1800s as Irish,Eastern European and Italian immigrants settled in the colonialdwellings in enormous numbers. At the City of Boston Archaeology Lab,students examine 19th-century personal care items, toys and kitchenutensils excavated at the Revere House. Each artifact providesfascinating clues about the families who lived and worked in the RevereHouse when it was a boarding house.

On a walking tour through the NorthEnd’s twisting streets and alleyways students hear accounts of childrenwho grew up in the nearby tenements, discovering how they helped supporttheir families by working as “newsies,” trooped to the local bath housewith little brothers or sisters in tow, played stickball, and helpedtend rooftop gardens. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 3rd – 12th
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students per tour.
  • Two tours may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130

Fun and Games in the 1700s

Introduce young children to life in colonial Boston through games popular in the Reveres’ era. Inside the Revere House, students search for beans, thimbles, a bed wrench and other household items colonial families incorporated into pastimes. Students then try their hands at games such as Snail, Button-Button, Jackstraws, Beast-Fish-Fowl, and Ninepins. Fascinating details emerge about many aspects of daily life. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: PreK-1st
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students.
  • Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130
  • One-hour version available for classroom presentation. Fee: $175. (Outreach Program)

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308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, United States 85.89 mi

For over 90 years, Boston Children’s Museum has served as a leader in Boston and within the museum community. Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children’s exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children’s Museum focuses on three key areas of expertise: visitor programs, teacher resources and early childhood education.

Since its founding by teachers a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. We welcome visiting groups from schools, community groups, afterschool programs, childcare centers, and even colleges and corporations to roll up their sleeves, learn together, and interact with our world-class exhibits and staff. We support learning by providing real objects and direct experiences that encourage imagination, curiosity, and questioning. Our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious!

EXHIBITS AND PROGRAMS

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For information about organizing your visit, reservations, and policies please explore the sections below.

You can start a reservation right now by clicking the Request a Reservation here or by calling our Groups Coordinator between 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. We recommend initiating reservation at least two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Groups Coordinator at 617-426-6500 x405 or e-mail GroupVisits@BostonChildrensMuseum.org

Boston Children’s Museum offers two types of group visits:
Do-It-Yourself Visits and Program Visits. Both types of visits are eligible for sponsorship.

Two Hour Do-It-Yourself Visits
Cost: $10 per student
Two Hour Do-It-Yourself Visits offer groups the opportunity to explore our many exhibits and public programs at their own pace, following the childrens’ curiosity and imagination. Children and their chaperones are likely to discover some very thought–provoking activities—and in doing so develop lifelong interests and skills.

Program Visits
Boston Children’s Museum offers several educational programs suitable for children in grades 1 and up. We offer one hour and two hour programs, hands-on experiences and a place where children’s imagination and creativity is encouraged through play and educational activities.
Single Program Visits
Cost: $13 per student (50 student maximum)
Single Program Visits consist of a one-hour educator-led program and one hour of do-it-yourself museum exploration.Double Program Visit
Cost: $18.50 per student (50 student maximum)
Double Program Visits consists of two different programs, one hour each, and a bonus hour of Museum exploration.
Please note: Double Program Visits cannot be sponsored.
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A Day in the Life of a Japanese Child
“Always a fabulous culmination of our Japan unit.”
“Educator is knowledgeable, patient, organized, prepared and clear!”

Take off your shoes and step into an authentic 100-year old house from Kyoto, Japan! Your students will experience a typical day for a Japanese child and will discover what customs, artifacts, and aspects of home and school life in Japan are similar to, and different from their own.

We provide cultural immersion and hands-on activities in the Kyo-no-Machiya (the Japanese House) using contemporary stories, objects, and images.

Age recommendation: Grades 1 – 6. Specially arranged programs are also available for Grades 7 through 12. Adaptations to connect with your curriculum may be available.

Standards Met: History and Social Science: 1.1, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9,G6 NEA

English Language Arts: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 4.3


Balls & Tracks

“Staff is knowledgeable and engaging. The program is simple enough to understand, but with opportunities for complexity and thought.” —Ken A., 2nd grade teacher

“Students had a wonderful time and learned how to work together, to test their creations on a regular basis and that science is FUN!” —Carol M., 5th grade teacher

After observing gravity, friction and momentum in action in the Raceways exhibit, your class will work in groups to design their own unique Raceways track. Kids are the engineers as each team of students designs a roller coaster track using only the materials given to them. In addition to putting their problem-solving skills to work, your students will improve their teamwork abilities. The design challenges will be adjusted to suit your grade.

Age recommendation: Grades 2 and up


Money Matters
Money Matters is an early financial literacy program designed especially for students in grades K-4. In this exciting one-hour program, students can role-play as wage earners in our Boston Black exhibit, discuss important community roles and jobs, and “spend” the money they’re earning at the local barber shop, flower store, corner market and restaurant. Together as a group they will explore the many ways that members of a community rely on each other for goods and services. This program aligns with Massachusetts Standards in both Economics and Mathematics.

Age recommendation:Grades K-4


Global Stories

If objects could talk…

Boston Children’s Museum has been collecting objects from around the world for nearly 100 years. In this new school program for Grades 2-4, we invite students to put on white gloves and take a closer look at the Museum’s collections. We’ll open our eyes to just how much we can learn from careful observation of a single cultural artifact and what it tells us about its origins: Who made this? What is it for? What is it made of? Is it old or new? Where is it from? What makes you think so?

This multidisciplinary program will feature selected collections pieces representing Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia, and Africa*. Using a variety of media, students will explore the geography and culture behind the objects, how form fits function, and common threads across the human experience. Students will then incorporate these concepts into an original 2D or 3D work of art inspired by their observations.

Age recommendation:Grades 2-4, Grade 5 by special arrangement

Alignment with Massachusetts frameworks:

Visual Arts for K-4: 1.2, 2.5, 3.1, 6.1, 8.1

History and Geography: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.4


*A note to educators: we have some flexibility to select objects that align with your classroom units and grade frameworks; for example, we sometimes can accommodate requests for Native American or Chinese objects. Call or email us for more information.

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Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, United States 88.48 mi

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation’s thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy.

Come tour our Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President.

Students and scholars can also arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy.

Experience our Museum through our three theaters, period settings, and 25 dramatic multimedia exhibits, and enter the recreated world of the Kennedy Presidency for a “first-hand” experience of John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy, and leadership.

Shop in our Museum Store or dine in the JFK Café. Walk along the Harborwalk or picnic on our beautiful grounds at the Harbor’s edge. From May to October, President Kennedy’s 26′ sailboat Victura is on display on our grounds.

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Group Visits

Experience the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy by taking a self-guided tour of the 25 Multimedia exhibits in our Museum.

Visit the Museum as part of a group of 12 or more and receive a discount on admission with reservations made at least two weeks in advance.

To Make a Reservation

To reserve a group visit, please contact our Group Visits Department using the information listed below or use our online Group Reservation Request Form.

Contact Information

For group reservations, please contact our Group Visits Department.

Phone: 617.514.1589 or 1.866.JFK.1960 x41589

Fax: 617.514.1593

Group Admission Rates with advanced reservations

Adults $10.00

Seniors and College Students $10.00

Youth (13-17) $9.00

Children (age 12 and under) Free

Duration

We suggest that you allow a minimum of 90 minutes to get the most from your Museum experience.

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Interactive Exhibits 

Clouds Over Cuba

Clouds over Cuba

Explore the Cuban Missile Crisis from various perspectives. This interactive exhibit sets the context of the early 1960s, and gives you the opportunity to explore What If? scenarios.

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President's Desk

The Presidents Desk

Sit at President Kennedy’s Oval Office Desk and discover what it means to hold the highest office in the land.

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World on the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

World on a Brink

For 13 days in October 1962, a confrontation between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. brought the world to the abyss of nuclear destruction and the end of mankind. Read formerly classified documents and listen in on secretly recorded ExComm meetings as President Kennedy and his advisors seek a peaceful resolution for the removal of Soviet intercontinental missiles from Cuba.

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Integrating Ole Miss

Integrating Ole Miss

In the fall of 1962 the college town of Oxford, Mississippi, erupted in violence. James Meredith, an African American, attempted to register at the all-white University of Mississippi, known as “Ole Miss.” This site lets visitors witness the events firsthand through the actual letters, recorded telephone conversations, and images of those who made history.

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White House Diary

White House Diary

Travel back in time to the early 1960′s and experience first- hand each of President Kennedy’s thousand days in office through the interactive White House Diary – a daily schedule of President John F. Kennedy that includes digital scans of his actual appointment diary for any given day as well as video, audio, and photos of the day’s events.

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Virtual Tour of the JFK Library Museum

Virtual Museum Tour

This online tour includes selected highlights of the museum’s introductory film and allows you to virtually explore selected exhibits and learn more about key items in the Museum collection.

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We Choose the Moon

We Chose Moon

Each stage of this interactive online exhibit allows visitors to follow the historic moon landing minute by minute and explore archival photos and footage of President Kennedy’s pioneering space efforts. More than 1.3 million individuals logged on to launch of this international award-winning website during the July 2009 40-year anniversary of the five-day journey to the moon.

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Permanent Exhibits 

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Campaign Trail

After narrowly losing the vice presidential nomination in 1956, Senator John F. Kennedy sought the presidency in 1960. After hard-fought primary victories, JFK won his party’s nomination and faced-off against sitting Vice President Richard Nixon in a campaign that featured the first live-broadcast television debates between presidential candidates. After his election as the 35th president of the United States, JFK set out to redeem his campaign pledge to “get America moving again.”

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Radio and Television

The Briefing Room 

John F. Kennedy was the first president to effectively use the new medium of television to speak directly to the American people through live televised press conferences. Video samples of his responses to reporters’ questions and exhibits of objects and documents illustrate the wide range of issues he confronted as President.  Also included is his speech to the people of West Berlin denouncing the construction of the Berlin Wall.

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Launch of the Mercury MR-3 Space Capsule Freedom 7

The Space Race 

In 1961 responding to the Soviet Union’s lead in the exploration of space, President Kennedy challenged the United States to keep up in the “Space Race” and not fall behind the Soviets.  He said: “We have a long way to go in the space race. We started late. But this is the new ocean, and I believe the United States must sail on it and be in a position second to none”.  Kennedy set the goal of landing an American on the Moon before the end of the decade and initiated the programs to make it possible.

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Attorney General Office

President Kennedy appointed his 35-year old brother Robert Francis Kennedy as the attorney general of the United States. The close working relationship of John and Robert Kennedy was one of the most unusual and successful in the history of American public life. When Robert Kennedy became attorney general, the civil rights struggle was entering a new phase of activism which precipitated the Justice Department involvement in protecting and upholding the rights of many African Americans.

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Oval Office 

The Oval Office has been the President’s office since 1909.  The preference for an oval room dates back to George Washington, who greeted his guests standing in a circle around him, equally distant from the President.  The circle became a symbol of democracy.  President Kennedy personalized his Oval Office with his collections of ship models and scrimshaw, reflective of his lifelong affection for the sea and sailing.  In this setting visitors view a video covering the struggle against racial segregation in 1963.

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Watercolor Painting of the White House Treaty Room

First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

After becoming first lady at the age of thirty-one, Jacqueline Kennedy embarked on extensive historic restoration of the White House interiors, in which she sought to make the White House a museum of the presidency. Mrs. Kennedy also used the prestige of her position to champion American arts and culture, often inviting prominent actors, artists, writers, poets, and musicians to participate and perform at White House events. Her simple-yet-elegant sophistication and interest in other cultures made her well-known and beloved around the world.

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Kennedy Commemorative Cup

Kennedy Family

John F. Kennedy was the offspring of two families, the Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, whose roots stretched back to Ireland. They immigrated to Boston in the 1840′s seeking greater economic opportunity, religious and political liberty in America. The Irish in particular readily adapted to the American political system. By the end of the nineteenth century the President’s two grandfathers had become successful Boston politicians, establishing the Kennedy tradition of political involvement.

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