Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science
The Museum is now entering a new era of how wecan 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.
The Ruby C. Strickland Curator of Education
812.425.2406 ext. 226
To schedule an Evansville Museum education experience, please contact the Curator of Education, Karen Malone, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-425-2406 ext. 226.
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.
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.
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.)
School programs are led by Museum staff or Docents. 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.
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!
Pioneer Children* (Grades K-1)
What was the typical day like for a pioneer child in 1816 Indiana? During this program, students will learn how their lives are similar and different from their historical counterparts. Students will compare pioneer artifacts with the modern items that they use every day, visit the Museum’s life-size replica cabin, and learn about one of Indiana’s most famous children: Abraham Lincoln.
Culture and Celebration* (Grades 1-5)
Let’s celebrate! During this program, students will explore the Museum’s Humankind Gallery. While doing so, students will discover different ways in which cultures from all over the world have celebrated important moments. How have different cultures celebrated personal achievements? How did they commemorate community-wide successes? How are these ways different or the same as how you celebrate? This program serves as an introduction to cultural anthropology and cultural relativism through art.
Environmental Adaptation* (Grades 1-3)
Animals have evolved to survive in different environments. But humans have developed different tools to survive in these same environments. By using the Museum’s Alcoa Foundation Outdoor Classroom and Humankind Gallery, students will learn about evolution, adaptation, and innovation.
Nature Investigators* (Grades 1-3)
Let’s investigate our world! During this program, students will observe and describe as they explore the Museum’s new Alcoa Foundation Outdoor Classroom. What is growing today? How would you describe today’s weather? Students will practice taking measurements, recording scientific information, and thinking critically. They will then design an investigation or experiment that they can carry out over time either at school or during return visits to the Museum.
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.
Electricity* (4th Grade)
This program, which takes place in the Science Demonstration area in the Welborn Baptist Foundation Family Place, makes electricity electrifying! Students will be introduced to concepts such as heat, conductors, insulators and circuits while participating in demonstrations.
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.
Indiana History* (4th Grade)
Correlated directly to Indiana State Standards, this program provides an overview of the development of Indiana through the lens of the Southwest region. Our journey starts in 1800s, with the arrival of Euro-American pioneers to the region and ends with the impact of WWII on the home front. This tour focuses on the economic and political forces that helped shape the state of Indiana. (Recommended pairing: Indiana Transportation).
Indiana Artists* (4th Grade)
The history of Indiana is reflected in its art. Take a journey through the Museum’s art collections and learn the history behind selected pieces. Learn about art that is being produced today in Indiana and how students can be part of the local art world.
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 Groups* (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.
Properties of Matter* (6th Grade)
Taking place in the Museum’s Science Demonstration area in the Welborn Baptist Foundation Family Place, this program introduces students to the different properties of matter. By combining the concepts of molecules and energy with exciting science demonstrations, students will leave knowing that matter matters!
Art History of Ancient Civilizations* (Grades 5-7)
Students will explore the Museum’s Humankind and Crescent Galleries to discover art from ancient civilizations. They will think critically about the relationship between a work of art and the history, geography, and technology of a culture. This program will introduce students to art from ancient Egypt, Japan, China, Rome, the Aztec Empire, and many others.
Art Appreciation and Criticism* (Grades 6-12)
Students will have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s art galleries like never before. This program will allow students to think critically about the art presented to them and to make constructive comments based on what they know about art and their preferences. Also included in the program will be an active discussion of the roles art and museums play in society, art related career paths, and future opportunities for students to engage in art.
Forces of Science* (Grades 7-8)
Energy, gravity, waves, oh my! This program, which takes place in the Science Demonstration area in the Welborn Baptist Foundation Family Place, introduces students to these essential science concepts through exciting demonstrations.
The Ohio River/The Water Cycle* (8th Grade)
By exploring the Museum’s new Alcoa Foundation Outdoor Classroom, students will learn about the importance the water cycle plays in the ecosystem. Students will study the Museum’s new rain garden, which demonstrates the water cycle. This program utilizes the Museum’s unique location right on the Ohio River to foster a discussion on the local environment and the effects pollution can have on our waterways.
Museum Literacy* (9th Grade)
This program introduces students to the concept of Museum literacy. How do you interpret primary documents and artifacts? What is metadata? How is research done in a Museum?
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 FREE for schools in Vanderburgh County, and cost $2.00 per student in other counties. 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!
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 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.
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.
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.