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Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science


Educational Experiences

 


 

To Schedule An Education Experience

 

To schedule an Evansville Museum education experience such as a group tour, please contact the Curator of Education, Karen Malone, at karen@emuseum.org. Please see below for specific instructions for school groups.  

Groups big and small are welcome! The Evansville Museum can also do special requests.

All visiting groups larger than 12 people are asked to schedule ahead of time (even when exploring the Museum on your own) in order to prevent overcrowding in the galleries.

All programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of the requested date. Programs may be scheduled up to a year in advance.

 

Accessibility

If you have any accessibility requests or questions, please contact karen@emuseum.org prior to your visit. She will be happy to help answer your questions and wants to make sure that the visit is enjoyable for all guests.

Currently, the train exhibit in EMTRAC is not wheelchair accessible. If this will be a concern for any of group members, please contact the Museum ahead of time. We are happy to work with you to alter the program to fit your group’s needs.


Group Tours for the General Public

Group tours for the general public cost $1 per person in addition to Museum admission. 

 

Special Exhibition Tours

Through the Eye of the Needle – Fabric of Survival (September 7 – November 30)

In 1942, 15-year-old Krinitz and her 13-year-old sister left their family and ran away when the Jews of their village were ordered by the Nazis to report to a nearby train station. The sisters evaded the Gestapo for two years by pretending to be part of a Catholic farm family.

In 1977 at the age of 50, Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to tell her story of survival. Trained as a dressmaker but with no formal education in art, she created 36 remarkable fabric pictures with strong, vivid images and fold art realism. She meticulously stitched the narrative of her story beneath each picture.

Docent-led tours of this exhibition are available by special request. 

 

Permament Tours

Museum Highlights Tour* (All ages)

The Evansville Museum is a general museum with focuses in art, history, and science, and the Museum Highlights Tour gives students a quick look at each of these major areas. This tour can be customized to your group’s ages, interests, and learning objectives.

 

General Art Tour* (All ages)

Take a tour of the Museum’s permanent art collection. 

 

EMTRAC (All ages)

Come learn the history of transportation in Evansville! Guests can learn about early river and rail travel, as well as Evansville aviation and street transportation. Highlights include a model railroad vignette and our train - a 1926 steam engine, 1908 club car, and a circa 1900 caboose. The 45-minute tour includes the entire Center and train.


Letter to Educators

Dear Educator,

The Museum is now entering a new era of how we can serve you as an educational resource. The renovations have expanded our ability to offer your students exciting ways to continue their education outside of the classroom.

The new Koch Immersive Theater will allow us to broaden students’ worlds by providing a 360 degree experience, immersing them in breathtaking visuals and sound.

The Alcoa Foundation Outdoor Classroom is host to native Indiana plants and a rain garden. The Welborn Baptist Foundation Family Place features our hands-on science exhibits, designed to encourage inquiry-based and cooperative learning.

The Learning Center, the Museum’s classroom, affords us the space to provide workshops, hands-on activities, and other engaging programs for your students.

Take a walk through time in our Rivertown, USA exhibit. Your students will have a chance to see what life was like in early Evansville from the first Euro-American pioneers to the home front of WWII.

The Museum's Humankind Gallery features anthropological artifacts from across the world while our Art Galleries showcase works of art from Indiana, the United States, and around the globe.

The Evansville Museum is not here to serve just your students, but you as well. We hope to soon offer teacher professional development classes on topics YOU want.

In addition, the Museum is adding to its line up of educational programs. New this year we will have hands-on programs aligned to the Indiana State Academic Standards. Choosing to visit the Evansville Museum should be an exciting, cost-effective, and easy way for you to easily achieve your academic objectives. During this period of development, I hope you will provide your feedback, thoughts, suggestions, and ideas to us to make sure our products are what you want for your students.

We know that you have many choices for your field trip destinations, so please let us know how we can be the right choice for you.

Sincerely,

Karen Malone

The Ruby C. Strickland Curator of Education
karen@emuseum.org
812.425.2406 ext. 226

 


To Schedule a School Field Trip

School field trips can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 11:30 am. Special exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

In order to schedule or learn more about school field trip options, please e-mail Karen Malone at karen@emuseum.org with the following information: 

  • Your name
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number
  • School Address
  • Name of School
  • If you are or are not EVSC affiliated
  • Approximate number of students
  • Grade Level
  • Ideal Date (ex. This can be as specific as May 22 or as vague as a Wednesday in May)
  • Ideal Time (ex. morning, 10:30 am)
  • Desired Programs (If you don’t know this, that’s okay. We will help you figure out the best programs for your students).
  • Curriculum Connections, if applicable (Do you want this trip to achieve a specific educational objective)?

Field trips can be scheduled up to a year in advance. The Museum requires at least two weeks notice, and all details must be finalized at least two weeks in advance in order to schedule Docents.

 


Education Program Pricing Policy

 

x = Number of programs

EVSC = Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation

 

Self-Guided School Group Admission (Visiting as a group without a Docent)

EVSC – Free Museum admission

Non-EVSC - $1 per student and adult, teachers free

School groups include: Pre-K through 12th grade, College students with valid ID, home school cooperative groups, Scout groups.

School groups do not include day cares or camps.

 

Docent-Led Programs for Schools at the Museum

EVSC – Free (during school year)

Non-EVSC - $1 + $1(x) per student and adult, teachers free (includes museum admission)

 

Koch Immersive Theater

All student groups: $3 per ticket

(This includes students, chaperones, parents, college students with valid ID, etc.)

 


Education Program Descriptions

 

Education programs are led by Museum staff or Docents; programs can be led for school groups, scout groups, home school groups, etc.  All tours are 50 minutes long unless otherwise specified or requested.

*Denotes prototype program (aligned with Indiana State Standards). Exact content subject to change as development continues.

 

Special Exhibition Tours

Through the Eye of the Needle – Fabric of Survival (September 7 – November 30)

In 1942, 15-year-old Krinitz and her 13-year-old sister left their family and ran away when the Jews of their village were ordered by the Nazis to report to a nearby train station. The sisters evaded the Gestapo for two years by pretending to be part of a Catholic farm family.

In 1977 at the age of 50, Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to tell her story of survival. Trained as a dressmaker but with no formal education in art, she created 36 remarkable fabric pictures with strong, vivid images and fold art realism. She meticulously stitched the narrative of her story beneath each picture.

Docent-led tours of this exhibition for school groups are available. While tours for this exhibition can be customized for different grade levels, it is recommended for upper elementary through college. 

 

Year-Round Tours

Museum Highlights Tour* (All ages)

The Evansville Museum is a general museum with focuses in art, history, and science, and the Museum Highlights Tour gives students a quick look at each of these major areas. This tour can be customized to your group’s ages, interests, and learning objectives.

Note: For younger audiences the Highlights Tour can include Gabby, our Museum puppet, and a short puppet show.

 

General Art Tour* (All ages)

Take a tour of the Museum’s permanent art collection. The objectives of this tour can be customized based on your students’ specific grade level(s) and objectives. All tours cover age-appropriate vocabulary and concepts.

 

EMTRAC (All ages)

Come learn the history of transportation in Evansville! Students learn about early river and rail travel, as well as Evansville aviation and street transportation. Highlights include a model railroad vignette and our train - a 1926 steam engine, 1908 club car, and a circa 1900 caboose. The 45-minute tour includes the entire Center and train.

 

Family Place (All ages)

Family Place is the Museum's interactive Science Gallery and is the site of all Science Center demonstrations. Although this area is not included in most guided tours, groups are strongly encouraged to visit. (Planning for extra time after a guided tour will be necessary). The Family Place is located on the first floor of the Museum and includes a walk-in kaleidoscope, shadow wall, Bernoulli blower, a four-foot parabolic mirror, and more!

 

Rivertown, USA (All ages)

What was it like to live in a river city at the turn of the 20th Century? Take a walk through Rivertown, USA for a historic look at early Evansville.

 

Preschool Tour (Ages 3-4)

Preschool children will enjoy an interactive look at selected artifacts. The 30-minute tour may be followed by self-guided activities in the FamilyPlace.

 

Art Explorers (Ages 3-5)

Preschool children will enjoy an interactive look at selected artifacts. The 30-minute tour may be followed by self-guided activities in FamilyPlace.

 

EMTRAC (Ages 3-5)

The Pre-K version of the EMTRAC tour gives students a chance to explore Transportation Hall, the model train vignette, and our train.

 

Outdoor Sketchbook* (Kindergarten)

Students will make observations about the natural world in the Museum’s new Alcoa Foundation Outdoor Classroom. Students will practice verbally comparing and describing what they see and then draw and/or write these observations in their sketchbook. The program finishes in the Museum’s permanent art galleries with an active discussion on how artists have interpreted the natural world and how art is similar and different to what occurs in nature.

 

First Look (Grades K-1)

Join Gabby the puppet on a fun introduction to the Museum. Check out our Art, History, Science, and Anthropology galleries!

 

Early Evansville* (Grades 2-3)

Created specifically for 2nd and 3rd graders, this program serves as an introduction to the history of Evansville and the Tri-State region. Students will take a walk through history by touching real Native American artifacts, visiting the Museum’s life-size replica pioneer cabin, and walking down a historical “street” in the Rivertown, U.S.A. exhibit. Learn how life changed over one thousand years in this region of Indiana.

 

Native American Lifestyles (Grades 2-8)

So many cultures have existed in the United States alone. Come discover the Native Americans of the Plains, Southwest, and Northwest.

 

Pioneers and Plains Indians (Grades 2-5)

A comparison of legends and lifestyles of Native Americans living near the Evansville region with those of early pioneers who settled here.

 

Tell Me A Story (Grades 3-5)

Every artifact has a story - imagine if these walls could talk! Selected pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection will be the focus of this storytelling tour.

 

Sensational Science (Grades 3-6)

Various experiments and demonstrations in the Welborn Baptist Foundation Family Place, including visits to the hands-on exhibits.

 

Learning to Look (Grades 3-6)

Through active demonstration and interaction, students will be introduced to the basic elements used by artists in creating their works: line, color, form, space, and texture.

 

Indiana Transportation* (4th Grade)

How did people arrive in Indiana? By foot, by boat and by train! This program describes the history of transportation to and throughout Indiana. By visiting the artifacts in the Evansville Museum Transportation Center (EMTRAC), including our replica river boat and real horse carriage, students will learn the story of transportation in Indiana. The tour also includes a visit on-board the Museum’s real train locomotive, club car and caboose.

Note: The train is not handicap-accessible. Please contact the Curator to discuss options for your group if this is a concern.

 

Plastics and Polymers (Grades 4-8)

Students witness experiments using plastics and discuss the important role plastics play in ecology. Includes visits to hands-on exhibits.

 

Native American ARTifacts* (5th Grade)

Students will learn about North and Meso American cultures through examples of their art by exploring the Museum’s Humankind Gallery. By thinking critically about how to interpret artifacts, students will relate works of art to the characteristics of a culture.

 

Indiana Resources* (Grades 4-6)

During this history and science program, students will discover what types of plants are native to Indiana by exploring the Museum’s new Alcoa Foundation Outdoor Classroom. Students will observe and compare plants from different environments and learn what it means to be native to a region and its importance. Students will learn about how Native Americans and pioneers used these plants and how and why the landscape was changed. By the end of the program, students will have an appreciation for and know how they can protect Indiana’s remaining native resources.

 


 

Outreach

 

Bring the Museum into your classroom! Outreach programs are currently available for Preschool through grade 8 and meet the guidelines of the Indiana Standards for Art, History and Science.  Programs include 45-minute interactive presentations led by Museum Docents. They are a great compliment for a visit to the Museum, or perfect for those who are unable to visit the Museum.  These programs are $2 per person for all schools. The outreach programs are also available for local organizations and cost $2.00 per person.

 

Welcome to the Mooseum!

This program is designed specifically for children ages 3-5 years old.   It is an introduction to the Museum and teaches children about everything we have to offer!  They will be introduced to Art, History and Science through a story told by our very own cow...MOO.  Moo has lots of fun things to talk about during this 20-30 minute program!

 

Discovery

The Discovery Outreach program is a wonderful way to introduce students to the Museum!  Through lively discussion and touchable artifacts, your students will learn a little about each of four areas—art, history, science and anthropology.

 

2-D Art

2-D Art is designed for 2nd graders.  The purpose of this outreach is to use works of art selected from the Museum’s collection to illustrate the basic elements of art: line, color, form, texture, and perspective. 

 

Sculpture

This particular program is targeted toward 3rd graders. Students will learn about the people of Japan, Rome, Africa, Canada, Middle and North America through their art, as well as see and explore the art of sculpture.

 

Pioneers

The Pioneers Outreach is suggested for 3rd and 4th grade students. Selected pieces teach about the lifestyles of the pioneers and the differences between then and now. This program teaches students about what can be learned about agroup of people when you look at the things they left behind.

 

Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Egypt

This program is designed for grades 4 and up, and gives students a first-hand look at one of the greatest wonders of the world: mummification.  Many cultures practiced mummification besides the Egyptians, including the Aztecs, Incas, Chinese, and the Japanese. Students will explore the myths and truths about ancient Egyptian culture and witness the mummification of EMASHOTEP, an ancient Egyptian Royal.