Students begin their tour in our new, state-of-the-art gallery, where they explore interactive exhibits on contemporary Heroes of Liberty and try their hand at drawing connections between ideas and art, guided by interpretive audio and text.
A life-size working replica of the Liberty Bell lets students hear the musical note that used to ring out from the original bell just two blocks away from where they now stand. This historic note sets the tone for students to explore how liberty comes to life through their actions.
Throughout the tour, our liberty educators lead students through an exploration of the museum’s art collection and exhibits, engaging them with the content in fun and creative ways. You and your students might find yourselves:
Our art collection comprises glass sculptures from world-renowned artists. Students and educators uncover layers of meaning in the glass art, from the medium itself – evoking strength, fragility, and beauty – to the subjects and properties of each sculpture. Students love describing what they see in abstract works of art and putting themselves in the shoes of the artist to ask themselves why an artist made the choices they made. They learn new ways of understanding art, art history, and make new discoveries about themselves, their classmates, and the community we live in.
While the tour can stand alone as a valuable experience for students, their academic learning is enhanced when you use our engaging pre- and post-visit lesson plans as part of your curriculum. The tour will contextualize the lesson content within liberty education and show students the power of what they are learning. You can choose lesson plans by theme, by character strength, or by academic content. We recommend doing at least one pre-visit lesson and one post-visit lesson, in order to enhance student learning. If you can do more, the lesson plans can be combined and used as a full unit.
What’s Your Story?: Using Perspective to Understand Others
Students practice seeing a story from diverse perspectives.
Identity Poem: Including Everyone’s Voice in the Community
Using their identity as inspiration, students each contribute a line to a class community poem.
The Peace Portal: Listening with the Goal of Understanding
Using an abstract painting that is a piece of NLM history, students practice listening with the goal of understanding what another student is describing.
The Conflict Resolution Menu: What Are Your Options for Dealing with a Conflict?
After a fun opening activity using restaurant menus to think about how groups agree and disagree, students practice brainstorming multiple solutions to a conflict. (Use with post-visit lesson, How Many Sides Does a Conflict Have?)
Do You See What I’m Saying?: Using Active Listening to Make Sure You Get the Picture
Students attempt to draw a picture based on verbal directions and compare the results they get when they listen actively vs. passively.
How Many Sides Does a Conflict Have?: Thinking Through a Real-Life Conflict
Students practice thinking about a real conflict in their life from the perspective of someone else. (Use with pre-visit lesson, The Conflict Resolution Menu.)
Balancing Rights with Responsibilities: How Do They Work Together?
Students think critically about their own rights and responsibilities, and examine the relationship between the two. (Use with post-visit lesson, Your Classroom, Your Rules.)
Activating Our Everyday Rights: How Do You Use the First Amendment?
Students play a game of “Step Up, Step Back” to explore how they have used their First Amendment rights in daily life.
Your Classroom, Your Rules: Thinking Through Your Rights and Responsibilities
Students think critically about the responsibilities placed on them by their classroom rules, and the rights that are supported when they uphold those responsibilities. (Use with pre-visit lesson, Balancing Rights with Responsibilities.)
Taking Action to Overcome Obstacles: A Hero’s Life Story
Using Helen Keller’s life as an example, students follow the story of people taking action to empower and inspire one another’s goals.
Investigating Gaps in Liberty: Identifying Issues and Getting the Facts Before Taking Action
Through the true story of a man wrongly convicted of murder and his sister’s struggle to free him, students take a closer look at the concept of ‘gaps in liberty’ and practice identifying real-life examples of those gaps.
Our cutting-edge Professional Development Workshops give educators the tools and educational resources they need to succeed. Registration for the first workshop on Saturday, October 21 is now CLOSED. The second workshop, on Saturday, November 18, is still accepting registrations. Learn more and register today.
The National Liberty Museum is proud to launch the inaugural Healthcare Heroes Awards, presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. This international awards program recognizes inspirational heroes in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have profoundly benefited their patients, their field, and the global community. The program will present an award to an outstanding honoree in four categories. The nomination deadline is November 3. Learn more.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is dedicated to providing the insights of scholarship on foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. The National Liberty Museum is hosting a series of FPRI lectures throughout the fall. The next lecture is on November 7. It is a Templeton Lecture on the role of the Orthodox Church in the conflict in Ukraine. Reservations are required. Learn more.