Are you planning a class trip to the Missouri History Museum? Are you looking for resources to help extend your students’ learning experience before or after your visit? Below are some resources you can use in your classrooms before your trip to prepare your students or afterward to connect their visit back to the classroom.
Prepare your students for their field trip to the Missouri History Museum
How to Prepare for Your Visit: This document contains need-to-know information and answers to frequently asked questions about school fieldtrips. Please review its contents with 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 fieldtrip (see the three links below). The activity is modifiable for all grade levels.
Pre-Visit Practice – Teacher’s Guide: Use this quick and simple lesson in your classroom to help prepare students for the kind of looking and thinking skills they'll use on their Museum tour. This lesson supports students’ observation, 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 MHM's Signature Galleries: Currents & Reflections (general St. Louis history)
- Avenues of Activism videos: These oral history interviews were conducted by the Museum’s Teens Make History group with individuals involved in human rights activism. There are composite videos that focus on civil rights, labor rights, and LGBT rights. You can also visit the Missouri History Museum YouTube channel to find other videos relevant to your classroom.
- 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 15th, 2015, but the website is still available.
Resources for MHM's Signature Gallery: The 1904 World’s Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward
- World’s Fair exhibition website: Includes information about the Fair and an overview of the exhibit themes, information about Fair artifacts, a virtual Fair map, and more!
Resources for the Library and Research Center (225 S. Skinker Blvd.)
- Introduction Video: The Library and Research Center
- Cross-Collection Search: Search over 100,000 items, including books, photographs, archives, artifacts, maps, and multimedia