School Programs

School Programs

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Whose Hat is That?

Program Type: school program, summer program
Whose Hat is That?

Using hats, dance and stories, students examine roles in our community from long ago and today!

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): 1, k, prek

Design in Time

Program Type: school program, summer program

Play with patterns and colors while exploring shapes and textures found in the houses we live in, the clothes we wear and the art we make. Available onsite May through January, this program guides students through the Wickham Cellars and our Costume and Textiles exhibition, Our (He)Arts on our Sleeves, while discovering designs from long and today. Program can be booked as an outreach, year round.

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): 2, 1, k, prek

Three Sisters

Program Type: summer program

Explore the agricultural and hunting practices of the Eastern Woodland Indians and learn about the Powhatan’s use of natural resources.

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): 2, 1, k, prek

Relatively Richmond

Program Type: summer program

From the marriage of John Rolfe and Pocahontas to the residents moving to the city today, learn about the families who call Richmond home.

Grade(s): 4, 3, 2, 1

Summer Games and Sunday Toys

Program Type: summer program

Play games from the past and learn about the daily life of children in the 1800s.

Grade(s): 4, 3, 2, 1

In My Own Backyard

Program Type: summer program, school walking tour

Explore secret gardens in the heart of downtown Richmond and discover what treasures you can find in your own backyard! This walking tour and museum visit includes a stop at the Valentine sculpture studio and garden.

Grade(s): 5, 4, 3, 2

Buzzing about Neon

Program Type: summer program

From candlesticks to neon lights (and beyond), discover materials and technology that Richmonders have used to illuminate their homes and businesses. Students will experience hands-on history in the Wickham Cellars, view the Valentine’s collection of neon signs and bring home an original craft.

Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 5, 4, 3, 2

History Mysteries: Richmond Spies

Program Type: summer program

Discover mysteries hidden in the Valentine collection and learn about the spies who called Richmond home. Elizabeth Van Lew, Mary Elizabeth Bowser and others are discussed.

Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 7, 6, 5, 4, 3

Figures of Freedom

Program Type: school program, summer program, school walking tour

Beginning with Capitol Square, learn about the people that impacted freedoms in Virginia and the nation. Includes a tour of the First Freedom Center along with a stop at the Henry Box Brown monument, among others.

Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 8, 7, 6, 5, 4

Under One Roof

Program Type: summer program

The 1812 Wickham house was both a workplace and a home. Use artifacts to discover what you can deduce about the lives of the many inhabitants of this historic site.

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): 7, 6, 5, 4, 3

Wickham House and Galleries

Program Type: school program, summer program

Enjoy a guided scavenger hunt through the museum galleries and a tour of the 1812 Wickham House (includes Hands on History experience in the McClurg bedroom and Wickham Cellar).

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth, Teens, College
Grade(s): 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, k, prek

Looked at Lived In

Program Type: school program

Discover a variety of shapes, colors, patterns and designs and learn about life in the past as students explore the museum and buildings on the Valentine’s block of Clay Street.

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): k, prek

Our Changing Community

Program Type: school program

Trades and recreation activities of early Richmond residents are examined through artifact investigations, games and a craft. Students engage with hands on artifacts, play games and learn about how life in the past is different than today.

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): 1, k

Mapping the Monuments: History Makers in Richmond

Program Type: school program

Students utilize map skills while learning about Richmonders who shaped our local and national history. The Powhatan, Christopher Newport, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Maggie Walker, Arthur Ashe and others are discussed.

Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 3, 1

Symbols in the City: Discovering Flags

Program Type: school program

Explore the use of flags and symbols in our region and why they are important. Learn to fold a flag, sing songs and design your own flag.

Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 2, 1, k
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