Harness Racing Museum

This unique and educational museum offers something to School GroupsScouts and Families you are not likely to find elsewhere: the history of Harness Racing. A popular event these days, harness racing has been hailed as the original Great American Pastime.

Housed in a beautifully restored gentleman’s stable, the Museum features exhibits of antique sulkies and sleighs, trophies, lifelike statuary, paintings, Currier & Ives prints, and more. And a realistic 3-D Harness Racing Simulator gets the blood flowing!

Follow the trail of Hambletonian, one of the most famous horses in harness racing. The Hambletonian Stake, first raced in 1926 at the New York State Fair, has remained one of the sport’s premiere events and today is run at the Meadowlands for a purse exceeding one million dollars.

Individuals, families, School Groups and Scouts will enjoy this museum, as as well as the special events that take place here throughout the year. Visitors to the Museum will also want to visit neighboring Historic Track, the world’s oldest track, where horses and their trainers can be seen working out. Special races are held here, and those interested should call for details.

Harness Racing Museum 

240 Main Street

Goshen, NY 10924

P. 845-294-6330

F. 845-294-3463

W. Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame

E. Education Department

Admission Fees

DUE TO THE GENEROSITY OF 

THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES TROTTING ASSOCIATION 

AND THE MEMBERS OF 

THE HARNESS RACING MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME 

GENERAL ADMISSION FEES ARE WAIVED

Special Group Tour, Education and Workshop Rates remain in effect.

Please call for group pricing

Museum Hours

Daily 7 days a week

10 AM to 5 PM

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Parents and Families

Harness Racing and Hall of Fame for Parents and Families

Harness Museum Birthday Parties

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has a wonderful Birthday Party Program for Kids!

We take a hands on approach to a fun and educational experience.

 Our two-hour package includes set-up, cake, beverage, decorations (including helium balloons), paper goods, party favors and clean-up.

Our friendly staff members conduct each party and are on hand for any questions. Every party also includes a brief tour of the museum and a ride on the WORLD’S ONLY 3-D HARNESS RACING SIMULATOR, as well as a bit of  HORSING AROUND GAMES AND CRAFTS.

THE BEST PART IS…WE DO ALL THE WORK 

$150 FOR UP TO TEN CHILDREN

$10 EACH ADDITIONAL CHILD

Maximum of 20 children

For more information contact us at

(845) 294-6330

General Information

Education Department

Education@harnessmuseum.com

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Scouts

Harness Racing and Hall of Fame for Scouts

Harness Museum of racing for Scout Groups

Our educational programs use the Standardbred horse and the sport of harness racing as a teaching tool for boy and girl scouts of all levels. Each participant explores the museum to learn something new appropriate to his or her level. Scouts also receive a take-home booklet and patch, plus everyone makes a craft and takes a ride on the 3-D harness racing simulator.

Scout patch programs may include the following:

  • Viewing an introductory film about the sport of harness racing
  • Discovering the local heritage of the Standardbred breed of horse and of Hambletonian 10, the Standardbred’s founding sire
  • Distinguishing the difference between a pacer and a trotter
  • Learning about the variety of horseshoes and their uses
  • Visiting the Good Time Stables, a part of Harness Racing Museum and finding out what makes a good stable
  • Examining harness racing equipment and sitting on a sulky or sleigh (seasonal)
  • Measuring a Standardbred horse
  • Learning common knots for leading and haltering a horse
  • Identifying the sounds and facial movements horses make to communicate
  • Calling a harness race
  • Creating a horse-themed craft
  • Riding the 3-D harness racing simulator

Cost is $8 per scout. Leaders are admitted free. Siblings are welcome to participate at a reduced rate (no badge or booklet given)

For more information or to reserve your group contact the Education Department at education@harnessmuseum.com or call 845-294-6330 

School Groups Grades 1 - 5

School Groups Grades (1 -5) at the Harness Racing and Hall of Fame 

Harness Museum of racing New York

Take lessons out of our book and race to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame for an educational adventure School Groups and your students will always remember. Our innovative programs for School Groups use the American Standardbred horse and the sport of harness racing to illustrate concepts in mathematics, history, science, language arts and more.

The museum is located in the historic village of Goshen, New York, known as “The Cradle of the Trotter” for its origins in the sport of harness racing and America’s first national pastime. Within our museum are many examples of local, state, national and international history and art; artifacts dating from harness racing’s beginnings to modern times; hands-on and interactive exhibits, a 3-D harness racing simulator, a chance to see real horses train at Goshen Historic Track located directly behind the museum and more. These resources offer students of all ages the opportunity to expand lessons presented in the classroom in a unique an unforgettable way!

Duration of programs is approximately two hours, except where noted. Each School group program is $4.00, except where noted.

Museum Programs Available for School groups

“Why are we friends?”

School Groups Grades 1 – 3

Do human and horses’ bodies have a lot in common? And with their natural athletic ability, how do horses compare to their human counterparts? Why do horses like to be around people? What do we share and what is different? The answers to these questions and more is investigated and discovered in this engaging and fun interactive program.

Activities include: Comparing the horse’s basic needs and wants to that of a human; comparing and contrasting human and equine anatomy with a life-sized horse and creating a horse-themed craft to take home.

This program meets the following New York State Learning Standards: Social Studies #1; Mathematics, Science and Technology #1, 4; The Arts Standards #1, 2.

Teacher’s Guides and Lesson Plans for School Groups are available for this program.

Click here for Teacher’s Guide (PDF format)

Click here for Lesson Plan (PDF format)

“New York Firsts”

School groups Grades 3 – 5

Much of America’s story originates in New York. Henry Hudson, West Point, Hambletonian and George Washington can claim a beginning here. Early exploration, technological developments and those who created American history gave meaning to the name, “Empire State.” With all these firsts, New York history is surely worth celebrating!

Activities include: Discovering New York historical connections via a letterboxing exercise in the museum; portraying historical characters in a brief play; learning the origins of the movement of horses and of the motion picture by creating a harness racing flipbook

This program meets the following New York State Learning Standards: Social Studies #1, 2; English Language Arts #1; The Arts #1.

Teacher’s Guides and Lesson Plans for School Groups are available for this program.

Click here for Teacher’s Guide (PDF format)

Click here for Lesson Plan (PDF format)

Sleighbells and Snowflakes

School group Grades 1 – 3

Here’s a fun and interactive program to take young students and School Groups on an introductory museum adventure! When snow blanketed the ground, snowplows were only a dream and before the age of the automobile, how did we get from place to place? What did we need to make any journey, short or long, safe and comfortable? What did people and horses need when they were traveling in the cold? Participants discover what it took to embark on a wintertime journey in this imaginative, interactive program. 

NOTE: This program is available only from November to February.

Activities include: Investigating and comparing methods and objects necessary to travel in times past and contemporary; sitting in a 19th Century sleigh; learning about horseshoes, creating a horse-themed craft to take home.

This program meets the following New York State Learning Standards: Social Studies #1; English Language Arts #1, Mathematics, Science and Technology #1; The Arts Standard #1.

Teacher’s Guides and Lesson Plans for School groups are available for this program.

Click here for Teacher’s Guide (PDF format)

Click here for Lesson Plan (PDF format)

Transportation Transformations

School Groups Grades 3 – 5

Horses were instrumental in the development of transportation, the measurement of distance and even motion pictures! This program takes students through the progression of technology through time by introducing the concept of timelines, presenting the history and development of transportation featuring the horse, and using the wheel to determine circumference and measure distances.

Activities include: Viewing an introductory harness racing film, engaging in a timeline fact-hunting game and wheel distance measurement exercise, comparing a horse’s abilities for labor and transportation; and creating a harness racing flipbook to illustrate how a series of images laid the foundation for modern films.

This program meets the following New York State Learning Standards: Social Studies #1, English Language Arts #1, 2; Mathematics, Science & Technology #1, 4.

Lesson Plans for School Groups are available for this program. Teacher’s Guide Coming Soon!

Click here for Lesson Plan (PDF format)

Explore and Discover Museum

School groups Grades 2 – 5 

Here’s a program that boasts a variety of educational treats! Students and School Groups will engage in activities that teach them about New York’s contributions and achievements, comparative exercises in the similarities and differences between horses and humans, measuring distances using wheels and demonstrating the accurate movement of a horse’s gait. Visiting most sections of the Harness Racing Museum, participants also can also explore and discover the many treasures this museum offers and learn something new. 

NOTE: The duration of this program is up to three hours; a break for lunch can be included. This program is $6.00 per student; before November 30, 2010—$5.00.

Activities include: Engaging in a modified letterboxing activity to discover New York first facts; determining distance by participating in a comparative exercise; comparing and contrasting humans and horses needs, wants and anatomy; creating a flipbook to demonstrate the accurate movement of a horse’s gait.

This program meets the following New York State Learning Standards: Social Studies #1, English Language Arts 1, Mathematics, Science & Technology #1, 2; The Arts #1

Lesson Plans for School groups are available for this program.

Teacher’s Guide Coming Soon!

Click here for Lesson Plan (PDF format)

“Own Your Own Standardbred”

School Groups Grades 5

Want to know what it’s like to purchase and train a Standardbred racehorse? Through interactive, role-playing exercises, students will apply their understanding of mathematics and technology. Using teamwork to purchase and train their horses, participants will employ a set of activities that will flex their mathematic muscles as they prepare their horse for one of harness racing’s most prestigious races, the Hambletonian Stake.

Activities include: Using math skills, students will create a budget to select a virtual horse to purchase, board and train.  They will also analyze statistics, use probability skills to determine outcome of circumstances and learn about the different careers in harness racing.

This program meets the following New York State Learning Standards: Mathematics, Science & Technology Standards #1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Career Development and Occupational Studies #1.

Lesson Plans for School groups are available for this program.

Teacher’s Guide Coming Soon!

Click here for Lesson Plan (PDF format)

School groups Grades 6 - 8

Harness Racing and Hall of Fame for School Groups Grades (6 -8)

Harness Museum School Groups NY Header

Take lessons out of our book and race to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame for an educational adventure School groups your students will always remember. Our innovative programs for School Groups use the American Standardbred horse and the sport of harness racing to illustrate concepts in mathematics, history, science, language arts and more.

The museum is located in the historic village of Goshen, New York, known as “The Cradle of the Trotter” for its origins in the sport of harness racing and America’s first national pastime. Within our museum are many examples of local, state, national and international history and art; artifacts dating from harness racing’s beginnings to modern times; hands-on and interactive exhibits, a 3-D harness racing simulator, a chance to see real horses train at Goshen Historic Track located directly behind the museum and more. These resources offer students of all ages the opportunity to expand lessons presented in the classroom in a unique an unforgettable way!

Duration of programs is approximately two hours, except where noted. Each School Groups program is $4.00, except where noted.

Museum Programs Available for School groups

“New York Firsts”

School groups Grades 6

Much of America’s story originates in New York. Henry Hudson, West Point, Hambletonian and George Washington can claim a beginning here. Early exploration, technological developments and those who created American history gave meaning to the name, “Empire State.” With all these firsts, New York history is surely worth celebrating!

Activities include: Discovering New York historical connections via a letterboxing exercise in the museum; portraying historical characters in a brief play; learning the origins of the movement of horses and of the motion picture by creating a harness racing flipbook

This program meets the following New York State Learning Standards: Social Studies #1, 2; English Language Arts #1; The Arts #1.

Teacher’s Guides and Lesson Plans for School Groups are available for this program.

Click here for Teacher’s Guide (PDF format)

Click here for Lesson Plan (PDF format)

Transportation Transformations

School Groups Grades 6

Horses were instrumental in the development of transportation, the measurement of distance and even motion pictures! This program takes students through the progression of technology through time by introducing the concept of timelines, presenting the history and development of transportation featuring the horse, and using the wheel to determine circumference and measure distances.

Activities include: Viewing an introductory harness racing film, engaging in a timeline fact-hunting game and wheel distance measurement exercise, comparing a horse’s abilities for labor and transportation; and creating a harness racing flipbook to illustrate how a series of images laid the foundation for modern films.

This program meets the following New York State Learning Standards: Social Studies #1, English Language Arts #1, 2; Mathematics, Science & Technology #1, 4.

Lesson Plans for School Groups are available for this program. Teacher’s Guide Coming Soon!

Click here for Lesson Plan (PDF format)

Explore and Discover Museum

School groups Grades 6

Here’s a program that boasts a variety of educational treats! Students engage in activities that teach them about New York’s contributions and achievements, comparative exercises in the similarities and differences between horses and humans, measuring distances using wheels and demonstrating the accurate movement of a horse’s gait. Visiting most sections of the Harness Racing Museum, participants also can also explore and discover the many treasures this museum offers and learn something new. 

NOTE: The duration of this program is up to three hours; a break for lunch can be included. This program is $6.00 per student; before November 30, 2010—$5.00.

Activities include: Engaging in a modified letterboxing activity to discover New York first facts; determining distance by participating in a comparative exercise; comparing and contrasting humans and horses needs, wants and anatomy; creating a flipbook to demonstrate the accurate movement of a horse’s gait.

This program meets the following New York State Learning Standards: Social Studies #1, English Language Arts 1, Mathematics, Science & Technology #1, 2; The Arts #1

Lesson Plans for School Groups are available for this program.

Teacher’s Guide Coming Soon!

Click here for Lesson Plan (PDF format)

“Own Your Own Standardbred”

School Groups Grades 6-8 Want to know what it’s like to purchase and train a Standardbred racehorse? Through interactive, role-playing exercises, students will apply their understanding of mathematics and technology. Using teamwork to purchase and train their horses, participants will employ a set of activities that will flex their mathematic muscles as they prepare their horse for one of harness racing’s most prestigious races, the Hambletonian Stake.

Activities include: Using math skills, students will create a budget to select a virtual horse to purchase, board and train.  They will also analyze statistics, use probability skills to determine outcome of circumstances and learn about the different careers in harness racing.

This program meets the following New York State Learning Standards: Mathematics, Science & Technology Standards #1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Career Development and Occupational Studies #1.

Lesson Plans for School Groups are available for this program. Teacher’s Guide Coming Soon! Click here for Lesson Plan (PDF format)

School groups Grades 9 - 12

Harness Racing and Hall of Fame for School Groups Grades (9 -12)

Harness Museum Education Header School Groups 9 - 12

Take lessons out of our book and race to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame for an educational adventure School groups your students will always remember. Our innovative programs for School Groups use the American Standardbred horse and the sport of harness racing to illustrate concepts in mathematics, history, science, language arts and more.

The museum is located in the historic village of Goshen, New York, known as “The Cradle of the Trotter” for its origins in the sport of harness racing and America’s first national pastime. Within our museum are many examples of local, state, national and international history and art; artifacts dating from harness racing’s beginnings to modern times; hands-on and interactive exhibits, a 3-D harness racing simulator, a chance to see real horses train at Goshen Historic Track located directly behind the museum and more. These resources offer students of all ages the opportunity to expand lessons presented in the classroom in a unique an unforgettable way!

Duration of programs is approximately two hours, except where noted. Each School groups program is $4.00, except where noted.

Museum Programs Available for School groups

“Own Your Own Standardbred”

School Groups Grades 9-12

Want to know what it’s like to purchase and train a Standardbred racehorse? Through interactive, role-playing exercises, students will apply their understanding of mathematics and technology. Using teamwork to purchase and train their horses, participants will employ a set of activities that will flex their mathematic muscles as they prepare their horse for one of harness racing’s most prestigious races, the Hambletonian Stake.

Activities include: Using math skills, students will create a budget to select a virtual horse to purchase, board and train.  They will also analyze statistics, use probability skills to determine outcome of circumstances and learn about the different careers in harness racing.

This program meets the following New York State Learning Standards: Mathematics, Science & Technology Standards #1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Career Development and Occupational Studies #1.

Lesson Plans for School Groups are available for this program. Teacher’s Guide Coming Soon!

Click here for Lesson Plan (PDF format)

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