School and Other Educational Group Tours
Earlham College students lead engaging, interactive tours that meet state science standards free of charge for visiting groups of all kinds. Tours are perfect for class field trips, scout groups, and other groups who want a more in-depth, interactive experience with our exhibits.
The best time to request a school tour is in the months of October, November, and January through March. Limited tours are available in September while our staff are training and in December and May when our staff are busy with college exams. Summer programs are available in late May through the beginning of August.
Tours start on the hour and last for 50 minutes or 80 minutes. Shorter, 50 minute tours can be expanded to 80 minutes by adding free exploration time in the museum or a grade-specific scavenger hunt. Given our student tour guides’ academic commitments, we must keep a strict schedule. If you arrive late, we cannot guarantee that a tour guide will be available outside of your reserved 50 or 80 minute block, though we will do our best to help you.
Educational outreach is supported by the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation and the Borman Family Foundation.
The museum offers the following tours:
Ancient Egypt and The Mystery of the Mummy:
Travel back in time to the sands of ancient of Egypt and the characters who shaped its history. Investigate the mysterious mummy, Ta’an. Who was she? How were mummies made? How can modern science help us solve her mysteries? You will learn how paper was invented in Egypt with the papyrus plant, try your luck at a game Ta’an may have played, and experience a planetarium show based on Egyptian mythology. (~50-80 minutes) Best for Grade 6: Science Standards
Timeless Neighbors (Timeline):
Travel through time down a 100-foot timeline back 10,000 years to discover who was here and what was happening in Wayne County. You’ll meet giant ice-age mammals, the ancient Adena people, Joseph Moore, Ralph Teetor, present day local wildlife and a “Skies over Richmond” Planetarium Show. (~90 minutes)
Best for Grade 3 : Science Standards
Become an archeologist and learn about the ancient Adena who lived here more than 2,000 years ago. What did they look like? What did they do? What steps do archeologists take to figure out the answers to these questions? How do anthropologists understand their culture? Imagine how the Adena fed their families by learning to throw a spear and grind corn just like they did.
Best for Grade 4 : Science Standards
Big Friendly? Giants (Pre-Historic Animals):
Big Friendly? Giants (Pre-Historic Animals):
Meet some really big characters in our paleontology collection. Our ever-popular allosaurus is always a hit with the dinosaur lovers, but our huge ice-age mammal skeletons are equally awe-inspiring. Think like a paleontologist to envision how and what these animals ate, how they hunted, what they looked like, and speculate why they died.
Best for Grades 1 & 5 : Science Standards
Sunny Days & Starry Nights (Planetarium):
Discover the amazing things in the sky above us. Observe the phases of the moon, find constellations, visit the planets and their moons, and even learn about the technology that helps us study space and how some of that technology makes life better in our very own homes. Our digital projector allows us to get up close and personal with the planets and their moons. Older students can view a full-dome movie about the history of astronomy. (~45-90 minutes)
Best for Grades 1, 3, 5 & 6 (all ages): Science Standards
Slip, Slither, Slurp (Reptiles):
Come have a close encounter of the scaly kind! Meet our live reptiles and learn what turtles, lizards and snakes have in common and what makes them unique. Learn how to debunk some common snake myths and touch the spiky skin of one of our bearded dragons! Our snake program takes visitors under the skin of the snake by learning about shedding and vertebrae!
Best for Grades 1 & 2: Science Standards
Richmond's Famous Fossils:
Unearth the types of organisms that lived in Richmond millions of years ago during the Ordovician Period. Learn about how they differed from each other and the things that live in Richmond now, and discover what historical changes made these fossils possible.
Best for Grades 1, 2, 3, & 5: Science Standards
? Scavenger Hunts:
Scavenger hunts in the museum can be customized to the interests, abilities and time constraints of your group. Directed exploration encourages students to interact with collections throughout the museum or through a single topical area. Contact us to discuss what might work best for your class.
Best for grades 4, 5 & 6