The Neville Public Museum

Outreach Programs

Bring the museum into your classroom!  Our Outreach Programs are hands-on and interactive, and make use of a number of our teaching collection items.

The program fee is $3 per student; a maximum of 30 students can participate at once. Each program lasts approximately one hour, and may be slightly shorter or longer depending on group size.

Call Ryan at (920) 448-7840 or email at swadley_rd@co.brown.wi.us with questions or to register.


How it Works  
Before the Program
Call or email Ryan with a couple dates and times that work for your classroom.  Once your program is finalized, you’ll receive a confirmation email that will include some prep materials and set-up instructions for the program. 

On the day of your program the presenter will arrive about 30 minutes before the scheduled start time to set up. 

During the Program
The program will start with a discussion about what museums do, and why the Neville Public Museum is unique.  There will then be a short review of the topic for the day, followed by a participatory activity.  We’ll also do a short wrap-up at the conclusion of the program.   

After the Program 
Students are encouraged to continue the discussion after the visit, and we will answer any additional questions that may come up via email.  We will also send you a short evaluation survey to help improve the program.   


Program Options  
Then and Now (Grades K-3) 
People throughout history have all needed the same things:  food, shelter, clothing, and entertainment.  In this program students will learn about some of the different groups of people who have called Wisconsin home over the last 12,000 years and have a chance to handle some of the resources that helped those communities survive. 

Teaching Collection Items

  • Various animal furs
  • Deer leather and antlers
  • Fur Trade goods
  • Teeth from animals people have hunted in Wisconsin over time
  • Samples of food sources such as corn, maple sugar, and European crops
  • Historic toys (stereoscope, zoetrope, corn husk doll, buzzsaw, cup and pin)

This program meets the following Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies:  A.4.4, A.4.7, B.4.1, B.4.3, B.4.4, B.4.8, E.4.3, E.4.4, E.4.8, E.4.9, E.4.11, E.4.14


Experience the Fur Trade (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.

Teaching Collection Items

  • Animal pelts
  • Metal tools commonly traded
  • Glass beads
  • Wool blankets
  • Simulation materials such as cards, tokens, and student-created artwork

This program meets the following Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies:  A.4.2, A.4.4, A.4.7, B.4.1, B.4.3, B.4.4, B.4.5, B.4.7, B.4.9, B.4.10, D.4.3, E.4.12, E.4.13, E.4.14, E.4.15


Space Stations (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.

Teaching Collection Items

  • Various balls that represent the sizes of the planets
  • Tape measures and models of the planets to represent their distance from the sun
  • Flashlights and constellation projections
  • Largescale astrophotography images taken from here in northeastern Wisconsin

This program meets the following Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Science: A.4.1, A.4.2, B.4.1, B.4.3, C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.3, E.4.4, E.4.6  
A.8.1, A.8.6, A.8.7, B.8.1, B.8.2, B.8.3, C.8.1, C.8.5, C.8.6, E.8.7, E.8.8

Museum Hours

Sun: Noon-5pm
Mon: Closed
Tue: Noon-8pm
Wed: 9am-5pm
Thu: 9am-5pm
Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat: 9am-5pm

First Wednesday of every month: 9am-8pm*

*With free admission for Brown County residents from 5pm-8pm with proof of residency