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K–12 Pre-Visit Activities and Resources

Planning a class trip to the Missouri History Museum? Looking for resources to help extend your students’ learning experience before or after your visit? Below are some resources you can use in your classroom before your trip to prepare your students or afterward to connect their visit back to the classroom.


Preparing Students for Their MHM Field Trip

How to Prepare for Your Visit: This document contains need-to-know information and answers to frequently asked questions about school field trips. Please review it with fellow teachers, chaperones, and students before your visit to the Missouri History Museum. We’ve also created a pre-visit practice activity to use with your students prior to your field trip. The activity is modifiable for all grade levels.

  • Pre-Visit Practice—Teacher’s Guide: A quick and simple classroom lesson to help prepare students for the kind of looking and thinking skills they'll use on their Museum tour. This lesson supports students’ observational, critical thinking, and museum literacy skills (these are the tools that empower visitors to access and use the information stored in museums).
  • Pre-Visit Practice—Student Packet: A modifiable graphic organizer for your students to use during the lesson.
  • Pre-Visit—Images: Images to use during the lesson. Please note that the objects used in the lesson are from a past exhibition and won't be on display in the tour you've reserved. We suggest you emphasize the skills used in the lesson rather than any historical facts or context about the objects themselves.

Exhibition/Program Specific Resources

We'll continue to update this list throughout the year, so check back soon for new resources!

Resources for Currents & Reflections (general St. Louis history)

  • 250 in 250 exhibition website: Explore people, places, moments, pictures, and objects from the past 250 years of St. Louis’s history. This exhibition closed on February 15, 2015, but the website is still available. 

Resources for The 1904 World’s Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward

Resources for the Library and Research Center (225 S. Skinker Blvd.)

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