Our tours for students are grounded in their everyday lives showing them new ways to explore the world around them, learn about themselves and their community, and take part in shaping the future.
The four core Museum themes your students will explore on their tour include appreciating diversity, resolving conflicts respectfully, balancing rights with responsibilities and heroes of liberty from all walks of life. Our tour also draws on six character strengths that build leadership – empathy, responsibility, respect, integrity, courage, and perseverance.
NLM tour content is aligned with Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and national Common Core education standards. To further tailor your students’ experience, use our educational resources to help prepare them for their visit.
Tour Options and Rates
This is a fun, immersive, and character-based field trip that will inspire your students to Live Like a Hero. Our Museum’s educators will guide your group on an exploration of the Museum’s galleries. They’ll discover compelling stories of heroism, experience unique visual displays of art, and participate in spirited learning activities that make the concept of liberty come to life!
*Special arrangements will need to be made for larger groups. Indicate your group size when you complete the form and you will be contacted by our Group Tour Department.
90-Minute Museum Tour, plus 30-Minute Museum Learning Experience (MLX)
This option combines a tour with an in-depth, classroom-style workshop, incorporating writing, role-playing, crafts, and other activities. All MLX workshops are designed specifically for the participating grade level. Each workshop focuses on one of the Museum’s core themes. Here are your MLX workshop options:
Core Museum Theme: Resolving Conflicts Respectfully. Museum educators will provide an engaging reading of The Zax, a story by Dr. Seuss, in which a north-going Zax and a south-going Zax come face to face and need to figure out how to get around each other. After enjoying the reading, students will participate in a kinesthetic activity in which they find creative ways for the Zax to solve their conflict. They will process their learning using an age-appropriate graphic organizer to record their experiences.
Core Museum Theme: Heroes of Liberty. Students learn the story of a little hummingbird who makes a big difference by taking action when others think the problem is too big. They will also learn the parallel story of Wangari Maathai, who helped solve a big problem by planting baby trees across Africa with the Green Belt Movement. Students will work together to create a community garden mural they can take back to the classroom with them, each “lending a hand” to build the finished product.
Core Museum Theme: Appreciating Diversity. Think about some of your favorite foods, music, celebrations and traditions in the United States… how did they get here? Where did they come from? In this workshop, students will get a fresh perspective on diversity in the United States using a fast-paced trivia game. As they use their imaginations and critical thinking skills to correctly answer the trivia questions, they will earn puzzle pieces to “unite the states” and complete a puzzle of what diversity in the United States really looks like.
Core Museum Theme: Heroes of Liberty. Comic book superheroes have been idolized for decades. Their virtuous personalities make them exceptional leaders. In this workshop, students will explore the character traits that make a great superhero and then learn about real life heroes whose own character traits match those of popular comic book heroes. Then they will design their very own heroes based on the traits that they would like to see in a leader!
Core Museum Theme: Resolving Conflicts Respectfully. Want to be a social upstander? Want to learn how to face conflict like the real heroes of Liberty that your students learned about on tour? This workshop gives practical strategies for taking action when they see an opportunity to be an upstander. Students will be introduced to a variety of conflict resolution strategies and vocabulary. Students come away with the understanding that conflict is a normal part of life and that they have choices in how to resolve it in both personal and social situations.
Core Museum Theme: Balancing Rights with Responsibility. Students will study the importance of allies in fighting for equal rights. Using primary source videos, students will discern the role allies have played in historic rights struggles by comparing two historic examples of allies in action, the strike of California grape workers and the Freedom Riders. Students will have a discussion on the presence of allies today, and how they affect positive social change. Reflecting on their own motivations and inspiration, students will a create strike out poem to their vision for change.
*Special arrangements will need to be made for larger groups and weekend tours. Indicate your group size and preferred day when you complete the form, and you will be contacted by our Group Tour Department.
Your experience will start at 5th and market Streets with a 90-minute narrator-guided Big Bus tour of Philadelphia sites. Your group will be dropped off directly at NLM for a 60-minute tour of the Museum led by our professional educators.
*If group size is below 45, a trolley will be assigned as the tour vehicle.
To schedule a tour, please complete and submit the form below. Submission of this form does NOT confirm your visit. You will receive an email confirmation and payment request once your tour has been booked.
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