Learn what life was like for children and their families in Northeastern Wisconsin 100, 1,000, and 10,000 years ago. Students will tour our core exhibit gallery, hear stories and legends from Wisconsin’s past, and explore a collection of historic toys to see how the ideas of "play" and "fun" have changed over time.
Technology and Change (3rd to 8th Grade)
What do prehistoric stone tools and modern-day computers have in common? Both were created by brilliant inventors to solve everyday problems. Discover the many examples of technology and innovation in our state, and how these ideas have changed the world.
Our Environment and Natural Resources (3rd to 6th grade)
Northeastern Wisconsin has been home to people for thousands of years thanks to the plentiful water, fertile land, minerals, and forests found here. Learn how the natural world has influenced human behavior, and how peoples’ behavior has affected the natural world.
Conflict and Perspective (4th to 8th Grade)
Explore how the many groups who have called Northeastern Wisconsin home have related to one another, what happened when there were disagreements, and how two groups can see the same issue or event very differently.
Museum Highlights (6th to 12th Grade and Adults)
This tour has it all...in this fast-paced overview of the museum, your tour guide will give you the background and context of our most loved exhibits (and some hidden gems) in our core and temporary galleries. Then, following the guided tour, you are encouraged to take a closer look at the areas you found most interesting during self-guided time. This option is perfect for groups who want an overview of the entire museum.
*This Program lasts approximately one hour as it includes up to three Gallery Tours.
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Gallery Tours (availability determined by date of visit)
Alice In Dairyland (January 28, 2017 - July 9, 2017)
Estamos Aqui: Celebrating Latino Identity in NE Wisconsin (May 6, 2017 - April 2018)
Neon: Darkness Electrified (July 29, 2017 - January 7, 2018)
Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs (September 15, 2017 -January 28, 2018)
Into the Arctic (April 14, 2018 - August 31, 2018)
Green Bay Packers Hometown Stories 1919-2019 (August 18, 2018 - February 2019)
Add-On Activities and Self-Guided Tours
Looking for an activity for your students to do in addition to their guided tour? Each of the below activities can be added to your itinerary for an additional $1 per student.
Mystery Boxes (20 minutes, grades 3-12)
See if you can crack the code! Students will work in groups of 3-5 with an adult to search for the answers to questions in the museum gallery; the answers to those questions will open a series of locks on the Mystery Box. Who knows what secrets may be inside???
*Up to 25 students can participate at one time; for larger groups, the other students will explore the museum while waiting their turn for the Mystery Boxes.
Space Stations (30 minutes, grades 4-8)
Wrap your mind around the sizes and distances of bodies in space in this out-of-this-world workshop! Students will learn about the proportions of the planet’s sizes and plot the distance between them, create their own lunar and solar eclipses, view constellations and hear the legends behind them, and discuss the lifecycles of stars and other celestial bodies.
Experience the Fur Trade (45 minutes, grades 4-6)
Transport your students back to one of the most important turning points in Wisconsin history. Students will handle reproductions of items used during the fur trade and experience some of the challenges and rewards that traders and Native People would have faced by participating in a simulation game.
*This program requires at least one adult chaperone for every five students.