Programs for Students

What We Do

The bulk of our K–12 education programming consists of our FREE guided Gallery + Classroom programs at the Missouri History Museum. These experiences allow students to interact with our permanent and special exhibitions. They're composed of a one-hour interactive tour and a one-hour classroom activity. Program engagement strategies, themes, and content are tailored toward either a K–5th or 6th–12th grade audience to accommodate students' developmental abilities. We also offer guided programs at our Library and Research Center. Click on a program below to find out more!

Guided Programs at the Missouri History Museum Missouri History Museum building

Black History Highlights     Engaging with Artifacts     Curator for a Day     Engineering a Fair     Legacy of the Fair     Journeys West     Remembering the Road          The Great War     STL Civil Rights Legacy 

Outreach Program to Schools

ACTivist In-School Visit

Guided Programs at the Library and Research CenterLibrary & Research Center building

                           Explore Lewis and Clark                                  Immigration in Missouri        Charles Lindbergh    Streets of St. Louis        The Civil War  

Please note that program details are subject to change. 

Useful Information

Before booking a field trip, be sure to check out this helpful information:

K-12 Policies        LogisticsEvaluation        Pre-Visit Activities

The Nature of Our Programs

We want all students to experience the Missouri History Museum as a fun and welcoming place where they can learn in a way that's personally meaningful. Our programs are designed to be engaging, participatory, and interdisciplinary. We emphasize the critical thinking skills students use as lifelong learners; this means that although we do share many engaging stories about the past, your tour won't be a history lecture. For all K–12 programs, we strive to create and facilitate experiences in which learners will individually and collaboratively use Museum spaces, objects, and content to:

  • compare and contrast the past and present
  • make connections between the people, places, and stories of history and their personal experience
  • comprehend and evaluate multiple perspectives and past choices
  • express and support their own perspectives on history

Groups with Special Needs

The Missouri History Museum is accessible to every school and every student. We have experiences that accommodate special education students, foreign exchange students, ELL students, and ESL students. Please indicate any special needs your group may have in the comments field of the school program reservation form, which can be found at

Who Facilitates Our Programs?

Our programs are facilitated by engaging and knowledgeable Museum Educators who have backgrounds in museum education, classroom teaching, and/or history. They also receive weekly training in best practices in education, engagement strategies, historical topics and themes, child development, diversity, and more.

Special Programs

Looking for a different experience for your students? Click on a program title below to find out more!

Theatre       Research Visits       Self-Guided Visits

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