The Missouri History Museum presents many different voices in its galleries and exhibitions, and offers interpretive tours that allow students to encounter and connect with those stories. Museum learning provides a new environment in which students may practice and expand their literacy and problem solving skills and offers a safe place to hear, consider, and evaluate diverse points of view.
"Our goal is to facilitate experiences in which students get to make connections between the people, places, and stories of history and their own lives," said Sarah Sims, manager of K-12 Education Programs.
During the school year, the Missouri History Museum K-12 Education team creates and facilitates guided Gallery + Classroom experiences in both the featured exhibitions and the permanent galleries. The programs are two hours in length, giving the students time to engage with artifacts in the exhibition and complete a classroom activity that builds on what they saw in the gallery space. Museum educators, who are expert facilitators trained in museum and classroom education, differentiate the activities based on student ability level and interests.
For the fall semester, we are offering 11 different guided programs in our permanent and special exhibitions, as well as at our Library and Research Center. Students can discover the drawings of Lewis and Clark; connect with the journeys of travelers on Route 66; investigate the science and engineering of the World’s Fair; and more! For a complete listing of tours and available dates see the K-12 Programs Brochure.
"I often reflect on my work here at the Museum and am so excited by all of the potential a museum visit has to expand the classroom space and contribute to a more holistic learning process," said Sims.
For more information about school programs visit mohistory.org/schools.
History happens at Missouri History Museum. Learn about special exhibits, events and other activities at the museum.
To people of all ages and backgrounds, the Missouri History Museum is a leading cultural institution and community resource that offers exhibitions, programming and collections to explore the history of the region in order to better understand the world we live in and build a stronger community for the future.
The Jefferson Memorial Building section of the Missouri History Museum was originally built as the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson, preceding the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. by more than 25 years. The museum now features special exhibits and St. Louis history galleries with interactive stations for children throughout.
"In the Sproutlight" is a sponsored opportunity. For more information on sponsorship, email [email protected] or call 636-828-4246.From the calendar