120-minute Museum Learning Experience

Available for grades K-12, the Museum Learning Experience (MLX) combines a 75- to 90-minute Museum tour with a 30- to 45-minute in-depth, classroom-style workshop, incorporating writing, role-playing, crafts, and other engaging learning activities. This experience builds leadership and strengthens critical thinking skills using fun, hands-on curriculum. See your options below.

 

  1. Don’t Judge a Sneetch by Its Belly (grades K-3 / ages 5-8)

    In this workshop, Museum educators will teach students about prejudice and discrimination by reading aloud the beloved Dr. Seuss story The Sneetches. Students will then participate in a craft project that teaches them to be proud of what makes them unique and to respect and appreciate the unique qualities in others. (Appreciating Diversity)

  2. How to Get Around a Zax (grades K-3 / ages 5-8)

    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. (Resolving Conflicts Respectfully)

  3. Garden of Heroes (grades K-3 / ages 5-8)

    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. (Heroes of Liberty)

  4. USA Diversity Puzzle (grades 4-12 / ages 9-18)

    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. (Appreciating Diversity)

  5. My Country’s Bill of Rights (grades 4-12 / ages 9-18)

    After exploring the Museum’s exhibits about freedom of expression, rule of law, rights, and responsibilities, students will be asked to think critically about the freedoms people enjoy and, conversely, the rights that are denied. Then, students will participate in a fast-paced game in which they develop a set of universal rights for all. They will see that governance that works for all requires thoughtfulness, empathy, conversation and cooperation. (Balancing Rights with Responsibilities)

  6. Be an Upstander (grades 4-12 / ages 9-18)

    After learning about inspirational heroes of liberty who stood up for the rights of others, students will learn ways that they, too, can become “upstanders” by transforming themselves from passive bystanders to active advocates for the people around them. Students will learn and practice a variety of “Upstander Strategies” that can be used in real life to help defuse bullying and social injustices of all kinds. (Heroes of Liberty)

  7. Heroes: From Comics to Reality (grades k-12 / ages 5-18)

    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! (Heroes of Liberty)

  8. Freedom Riders (grades 6-12 / ages 12-18)

    In this workshop, students will use a primary source –an NBC news report from 1961– to investigate the Freedom Riders and some of the issues at play during the Civil Rights Movement. They will also learn about the tenets of nonviolent protest and explore the ways they can (or already are!) using these tactics in their own lives. (Resolving Conflicts Respectfully)

  9. Don’t Skip the Steps: How to Navigate a Conflict (grades 6-12 / ages 12-18)

    In this workshop, students ask themselves how comfortable they are with approaching a conflict and why. They are introduced to a variety of conflict resolution strategies and vocabulary, and learn a game-based approach to looking at the big picture. Students will also brainstorm their own list of good things to do in a conflict and learn that no matter what their personal style is, conflict resolution starts with identifying and clarifying the issues. Students come away with the understanding that conflict is a normal part of life and that they have choices in how to resolve it. (Resolving Conflicts Respectfully)

  10. Allies in Justice (grades 6-12 / ages 12-18)

    Using footage from the United Farm Workers Movement led by Cesar Chavez, students will learn how the farm workers gained support for their cause by building alliances with other individuals and groups who shared their vision for justice. Students will look at the United Farm Workers Movement among the backdrop of other important movements of the 1960s, discuss the social changes they would like to see today, and create a work of art to share their vision with others who might be inspired to work alongside them. (Heroes of Liberty)

    (Heroes of Liberty)

  11. Meme Like a Hero: Thinking Critically About Cultural Messages (grades 9-12 / ages 14-18)

    Note: Experience has shown us that this workshop is best received by more academically advanced groups. Due to the layered and somewhat abstract concepts in this workshop, it cannot be tailored for other grade levels or age groups. In this fun and sometimes comical workshop, students think critically about the messages transmitted within a culture, using a familiar form of message: Internet Memes. (What is a meme?) They will learn the curious history of memes, which existed long before the internet age; then they will remix popular memes, mashing them up with inspiring quotes from Heroes of Liberty to create internet memes that these heroes never got the chance to make! (Heroes of Liberty)

 
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Big Ideas for Little Learners: Exploring friendship through storytelling

Join us with your family, on Saturday, June 9 at 11am, for an engaging exploration of friendship, acceptance, respect, and kindness. Using puppets, props, and lots of imagination, author and illustrator Staci Schwartz will lead an interactive reading of her book, The New Bear on the Block. Your family will receive their very own signed copy of the book, along with a special Hide-and-Seek Adventure Map of the National Liberty Museum personally designed by Staci. Learn more.

Sound + Vision Exhibition on Display April 6 - June 10

Sound + Vision explores the influence of music on contemporary glass art and the inextricable connection between music and visual arts. Featuring the works of 29 artists and collaborative teams, Sound + Vision showcases figurative representations of instruments, experimental glass instruments, and multimedia sculptural works inspired by both musical experiences and legends. Learn more.

Learn about our exciting Closing Event for this exhibit.

Shown: Violin by Etai Rahmil. Photo by Steven Toney.

"Pay What You Wish" and Special Activities on Memorial Day

Honor, explore, and be inspired this Memorial Day. At the National Liberty Museum you’ll discover stories of both military heroes and ordinary citizens who contributed to preserving our country’s liberty. There are special activities for adults and children throughout the day, including military trivia and a creative kids' workshop. All activities are included with your "Pay What You Wish" admission. Learn more.

Art Workshops for Kids in May and June

Join us on various weekend days in May and June when we will be offering art workshops for kids in conjunction with our Sound + Vision Exhibit. Workshops are free with Museum admission. Preregistration is required. Check our Event Calendar for details.

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In our next session, on Wednesday, June 6, our guest is Sheri E. Berman, professor of political science at Barnard College. Berman’s main interests are European politics and political history, democracy and democratization, globalization, and the history of the left. Her two books have examined the role played by social democracy in determining political outcomes in 20th-century Europe. Learn more and register day.

Young Heroes Award

This annual awards program, sponsored by TD Bank, recognizes young people who have taken leadership roles in their schools or communities to bring about positive social change. Each year we look for young people who have engaged in civic activities, promoted respectful resolutions to conflict, advocated for diversity, and much more. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more and nominate a deserving young person today.

Awards of Valor

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more