Student Tours by Grade Level

JOURNEY TO FREEDOM TOUR - GRADES: K-2

How do you fit into the story? This experience will take students on an interactive journey through the stories of freedom’s heroes and show how they can make a difference. Students will learn the values of courage, cooperation and perseverance.

STUDENTS WILL EXPERIENCE:

  • Aminah Brenda-Lynn Robinson’s RagGonNon: Learn the power of art, stories and helping hands within these complex, three-dimensional cloth paintings made from found objects: fabric, beads, shells, leaves, ties and much more.
  • Escape! Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad: Where would you go if you were on the Underground Railroad? Who would you meet? Do you have the courage to use the Underground Railroad? Take a journey in Henry’s Freedom Box. Discover a hiding place in the Safe House. Follow the story of Caleb’s Midnight Decision as you make the choice to leave on the Underground Railroad or stay with your family. Interact with an historic interpreter to learn about perseverance during slavery, tools you would need to successfully get to freedom and how you can become a modern-day abolitionist.


THE NORTH STAR TOUR - GRADES 3-4

What was the Underground Railroad? The Underground Railroad was a term used for the covert network of people and places that assisted fugitive slaves as they escaped from slavery. Learn how this network operated and about the inspirational stories of those who escaped and risked their lives to secure the freedom of others.

STUDENTS WILL EXPERIENCE:

  • Suite for Freedom: A film in three parts that tells the story of Slavery to Freedom in artistic animation.
  • Escape! Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad: What does the Underground Railroad mean to you? Who was involved? The North Star experience shares the many conductors and abolitionists of the Underground Railroad and the impact they made in fighting against slavery. Students identify the operations and methods many used to make it to freedom.
  • Brothers of the Borderland: This epic film immerses students in a thrilling flight to freedom showcasing the courage and cooperation of John Parker and Reverend John Rankin as they aid a woman risking everything to gain freedom from slavery.
  • John W. Anderson Slave Pen: Stepping into history, students visualize and discover elements of the internal slave trade through the story of John W. Anderson and his slave pen. This authentic structure was used as a slave pen during the early 1800s.
  • Artifact Analysis: Learn about the original uses of cotton, its role during slavery and its value today.
  • Historic Interpreter: Students learn about the significance of the Ohio River and its relationship to the Underground Railroad. Singing songs and hearing stories will help students learn about perseverance during slavery, tools needed to successfully get to freedom, and how your students can become modern-day abolitionists.
  • Compare and Contrast: Using modern-day issues such as bullying, oppression and activism, students engage in discussion throughout the exhibits and galleries to show parallels between yesterday’s and today’s freedom heroes.

BUILDING THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: GEOGRAPHY, ECONOMICS AND SLAVERY TOUR - GRADES 5-8

The roots of the Underground Railroad centered on buying, selling and the movement of enslaved human beings. Come and learn about how the internal slave trade of the United States shaped the foundations of the movement known as the Underground Railroad. Students will gain a better understanding of the economic impact of slave labor, the value of cotton and the influence of slave labor on society.

STUDENTS WILL EXPERIENCE:

  • Brothers of the Borderland: This epic film immerses students in a thrilling flight to freedom showcasing the courage and cooperation of John Parker and Reverend John Rankin as they aid a woman risking everything to gain freedom from slavery.
  • John W. Anderson Slave Pen: Stepping into history, students visualize and discover elements of the internal slave trade from the story of John W. Anderson and his slave pen. This authentic structure was used as a slave pen during the early 1800s.
  • Tom Feelings Mural: Through art, students analyze the Transatlantic and internal slave trades, and specifically the story of the Middle Passage.
  • Historical Re-enactment: Students learn about the significance of the Ohio River and its relationship with the Underground Railroad and slavery as they listen to an historic interpreter.
  • Cotton Gin: This interactive experience demonstrates the chore of manually removing cotton seeds from cotton bolls and comparing this manual labor with the use of an operational cotton gin. This experience also addresses how essential the invention of the cotton gin was to the development of American slavery and the early American economy.

THE CIVIL WAR TOUR - GRADES 5-8

What were the causes of the American Civil War? This is a question that many people continue to debate heavily today. While we may never have a universal agreement about why the war was fought, the war did help lead to the end of American slavery. Students learn about how freedom was defined historically and about the individuals who risked their own lives to secure this freedom for themselves or others.

STUDENTS WILL EXPERIENCE:

  • Brothers of the Borderland: This epic film immerses students in a thrilling flight to freedom showcasing the courage and cooperation of John Parker and Reverend John Rankin as they aid a woman risking everything to gain freedom from slavery.
  • John W. Anderson Slave Pen: Stepping into history, students visualize and discover elements of the internal slave trade from the story of John W. Anderson and his slave pen. This authentic structure was used as a slave pen during the early 1800s.
  • Tom Feelings Mural: Through art, students analyze the Transatlantic and internal slave trades, and specifically the story of the Middle Passage.
  • Cotton Gin: This interactive experience demonstrates the chore of manually removing cotton seeds from cotton bolls and comparing this manual labor with the use of an operational cotton gin. This experience also addresses how essential the invention of the cotton gin was to the development of American slavery and the early American economy.
  • Historic Interpreter: Would you be ready to fight in the Civil War? Students find out the rules of war and life on the battlefield as a soldier through storytelling and engaging discussion with an historical interpreter.
  • From Slavery to Freedom: Throughout this expansive gallery, students experience three centuries of slavery, beginning with the Transatlantic slave trade and ending with the Reconstruction era. Through the components of the gallery, students learn about the major cash crops grown on different plantations, the conditions of slavery and the key people actively involved in the abolition movement.

SELF GUIDED TOUR - GRADES 4-12 (CAN ONLY BE BOOKED AFTER 11 AM)

What are lessons that can be learned from the Underground Railroad? This experience helps students learn many stories about freedom’s heroes from the era of the Underground Railroad. These stories are about courage, cooperation and perseverance. A self-guided tour will allow teachers the opportunity to select key exhibits to focus on for their students to gain an in-depth understanding according to what they are learning in the classroom. By exploring the museum under their teacher’s guidance, students will learn specific stories and be inspired to take their own steps of courage toward freedom today.

STUDENTS WILL EXPERIENCE:

  • Suite for Freedom: A film in three parts that tells the story of Slavery to Freedom in artistic animation.
  • Escape! Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad: What does the Underground Railroad mean to you? Who was involved? The experience shares the many conductors and abolitionists of the Underground Railroad and the impact they made in fighting against slavery. Students identify the operations and methods many used to make it to freedom.
  • Brothers of the Borderland: This epic film immerses students in a thrilling flight to freedom showcasing the courage and cooperation of John Parker and Reverend John Rankin as they aid a woman risking everything to gain freedom from slavery.
  • John W. Anderson Slave Pen: Stepping into history, students visualize and discover elements of the internal slave trade from the story of John W. Anderson and his slave pen. This authentic structure was used as a slave pen during the early 1800s.
  • From Slavery to Freedom: Throughout this expansive gallery, students experience three centuries of slavery, beginning with the Transatlantic slave trade and ending with the Reconstruction era. Through the components of the gallery, students learn about the major cash crops grown on different plantations, the conditions of slavery and the key people actively involved in the abolition movement.
  • Invisible: Slavery Today: Throughout this exhibit, students interact with numerous flip charts, ads, videos and audio recordings about the continued slavery still taking place today. Students identify the many ways people in America and all over the world are enslaved and how as students, they can be part of a growing movement to help abolish modern-day slavery.

EXPLORE THE MUSEUM or BECOMING A MODERN-DAY FREEDOM FIGHTER TOUR - GRADES 8-12

Did you know that slavery did not really come to an end after the Civil War? In fact, there are more people enslaved today in our world than in any other time in human history. Come and learn about how a new abolition movement is needed to eradicate modern-day slavery.

STUDENTS WILL EXPERIENCE:

  • Brothers of the Borderland: This epic film immerses students in a thrilling flight to freedom showcasing the courage and cooperation of John Parker and Reverend John Rankin as they aid a woman risking everything to gain freedom from slavery.
  • John W. Anderson Slave Pen: Stepping into history, students visualize and discover elements of the internal slave trade from the story of John W. Anderson and his slave pen. This authentic structure was used as a slave pen during the early 1800s.
  • Tom Feelings Mural: Through art, students analyze the Transatlantic and internal slave trades, and specifically the story of the Middle Passage.
  • From Slavery to Freedom: Throughout this expansive gallery, students experience three centuries of slavery, beginning with the Transatlantic slave trade and ending with the Reconstruction era. Through the components of the gallery, students learn about the major cash crops grown on different plantations, the conditions of slavery and the key people actively involved in the abolition movement.
  • Invisible: Slavery Today:  Throughout this exhibit, students interact with numerous flips charts, ads, videos and audio recordings about the continued slavery still taking place today. Students identify the many ways people in America and all over the world are enslaved and how, as students, they can be a part of a growing movement to help abolish modern-day slavery.

Scavenger Hunts

These scavenger hunts are designed to help enhance the self-guided experience for students as they explore our exhibitions with their chaperones.

Click here to see the full list of scavenger hunts by grade level.