Schools & Teachers

The Museum is excited to bring back in-person programs for school classes for Fall 2022!

Visit the Museum with a School Group

School groups are welcome to visit the museum on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. There are two levels of experiences offered at this time:

  • Explore: bring students to self-guide the exhibitions (no facilitation)
    • Cost: $5 per student, 1 free adult for every 5 students (additional adults are $5)
      • Title I schools: $3 per student, 1 free adult for every 5 students (additional adults are $5)
  •  Engage: book a two-hour program facilitated by a Museum Teacher for a maximum of 50 students in one trip (more students may be accommodated depending on the spaces available on the date requested). Does not include exhibition access.
    • Cost: $200 per package (one package is required for every 25 students; 1 adult is required for every 10 children and 1 adult is free for every 5 children; additional adults are $5)
      • Title I schools: $100 per package
    • Programs available:
      • City by Design (grades 1-6): Students will become city planners for the day as they design their own model city. Students consider the problems a city can have and offer solutions by planning their own community. They use their imaginations to design and construct model buildings for the city using colorful supplies and recycled materials. This program meets content standards for social studies, language arts, technological literacy, and visual arts.
      • My House, My Home (grades PreK-1): Students will explore the process, tools, and materials used to construct homes before building a home of their own. Guided by a museum educator, students begin to see connections between school curriculum and their own community. This program is available for students ages 4 and up.
      • Starting January 2023: Patterns, Patterns Everywhere (grades PreK-1): Our built environment is made up of combinations of patterns. By learning to recognize shapes and patterns in the built environment, students will become better equipped to “read” buildings and their surroundings, and understand the meanings and associations that building forms are meant to convey.
      • More to come in Fall 2023! 

Please contact with questions.


Teaching Resources

Evicted Teaching Guide

Developed in conjunction with the Museum’s 2019 exhibition Evicted, this teaching guide provides tools and resources to engage 6th–12th grade students in analyzing, discussing, and proposing solutions to the complex social issue of eviction in the U.S. The guide includes background information from the exhibition and a format for facilitating open collaborative inquiry that can be applied to other topics.

Download a printable version of the teaching guide (PDF)

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St. Elizabeths Teaching Guide
Developed in conjunction with the Museum’s 2018 exhibition Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852–2017, this teacher guide includes historical information and activities that focus on understanding the connection between a space’s design and how people use and interact in it. Students analyze primary sources like historical photographs, maps, and architectural drawings to research the theory of moral treatment and architecture to treat mental illness at St. Elizabeths.

Download the lesson plan (PDF)

Download the images and resources (PDF)

This teaching guide was generously supported by the General Services Administration.

Teaching Kits for Schools
The Museum’s boxed teaching kits include multi-lesson curriculum units, resources, and materials for analyzing the built world in your classroom. They are available for sale through the Museum Shop.

Bridge Basics (grades 5–9) uses bridge engineering and design as vehicles for exploring and solving problems.

Green Community (grades 5–8) provides a comprehensive approach to studying green, sustainable communities.

Designing for Disaster (grades 7–9) teaches students about the tools design professionals employ to limit the impact of natural disasters on structures, communities, and people.