Take learning to the next level and explore our sites through an interactive 1-hour video call with an Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites educator and digital resources to inspire learning before, during, and after the visit. Programs include an educator guide and classroom resources for hands-on learning in your classroom or at home. Each program is designed for a classroom of 25-30 students and aligned to Indiana Academic Standards.

State Historic Site Explore Programs

Book an interactive 1-hour video call with a site educator and get digital resources that inspire learning before, during and after the call. An educator guide and classroom resources are included.

Indiana’s Original Rivertown

Angel Mounds State Historic Site

Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CST, Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CST
$75 per session

Grades 2-5

Put yourself in the shoes of a Mississippian as you learn about their daily life through artifacts discovered by historians and archaeologists. Find out how we know so much about a culture that has no written language.

Indiana State Standards:  SOCIAL STUDIES: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.2.4, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 3.1.7, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 5.1.1, 5.1.3, WH.1.1, WH.1.2

Schedule by calling 812.853.3956 or emailing angelmoundsshs@indianamuseum.org.

Virtual Tour of Levi & Catharine Coffin Home

Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

Monday and Tuesday
$150 per session

Grades 3-12

Can’t visit our location with your students for a guided tour? Book a virtual tour! View an introductory film about the Coffins and then see the actual home where nearly 1,000 freedom seekers attained shelter, food, clothing and more. After students get a chance to see the house, there is time at the end of the session for questions.

Indiana State Standards:  SOCIAL STUDIES: 3.1.2,.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.6, 3.1.7, 3.2.2, 3.2.4, 3.2.5, 3.2.6, 3.3.11, 3.4.1, 3.4.2, 4.1.6, 4.1.7, 4.3.8, 4.3.9, 4.4.4, 5.1.20, 6.1.22, 3.1.23, 8.1.11, 8.1.22, 8.1.23, 8.1.28, 8.1.29, 8.1.30, 8.2.6, 8.2.7, 8.2.9, 8.3.6, 8.3.8, USH.1.3, IS.1.5

Schedule by calling 765.847.1691 or emailing levicoffincenter@indianamuseum.org.

Portrait of Levi Coffin

10 Things about the Underground Railroad in Indiana You Should Know

Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

Monday through Friday
$150 per session

Grades 3-4

Students will be introduced to ten facts about the Underground Railroad and how it developed in Indiana. Students will have a chance to ask questions around these concepts and will walk away with a clearer understanding of why it developed.

Indiana State Standards:  SOCIAL STUDIES: 3.2.1, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.6, 3.1.7, 3.2.2, 3.2.4, 3.2.5, 3.3.1, 4.1.4, 4.1.6, 4.1.7

Schedule by calling 765.847.1691 or emailing levicoffincenter@indianamuseum.org.

Life in an Early Indiana Home

Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

Monday and Tuesday
$150 per session

Grades 1-4

The Coffin home in Fountain City, Indiana is an excellent example of an early nineteenth century brick home. Students will be introduced to what life was like living in this home and will make comparison to their own lives today. Students will be introduced to skills children learned, common home practices, transportation and early forms of education.

Indiana State Standards:  SOCIAL STUDIES: 1.1.1, 1.1.3, 1.1.6, 1.3.9, 1.4.1, 1.4.2, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.4.1, 2.4.5, 3.1.2, 3.1.8, 3.4.2, 3.4.4, 4.4.1, 4.4.3

Schedule by calling 765.847.1691 or emailing levicoffincenter@indianamuseum.org.

Covered Wagon

Corydon Capitol State Historic Site

Tuesday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades 3-5

Pack your wagons, it’s time to take a trip! Students will learn what it took to travel in the early 1800s. After a presentation from site staff, students will have a chance to pack their wagons with what they think they’ll need.

Indiana State Standards:  SOCIAL STUDIES: 3.1.2, 3.1.3. 3.1.4, 3.4.3, 4.1.4, 4.3.9, 4.4.1, 4.4.3, 5.3.11, 5.3.13

Schedule by calling 812.738.4890 or emailing corydoncapitolshs@indianamuseum.org.

What is Benevolence

Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

Tuesday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades 1-5

Explore the Victorian virtue of Benevolence. How did the Culbertson family exemplify this virtue? What does that mean today, and how can we all make positive contributions to our community. An interactive discussion with a knowledgeable staff member, with an opportunity for students to engage and ask questions throughout the program.

Indiana State Standards: SOCIAL STUDIES: 1.1.3, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 2.2.5, 3.2.5, 4.2.6, 5.2.8

Schedule by calling 812.944.9600 or emailing culbertsonmansionshs@indianamuseum.org.

Victorian Name Game   

Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

Tuesday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades 1-5

Can you guess the names of various objects from around the mansion and their uses? An interactive program to introduce the ways in which Victorians lived, including the Culbertson family and the servant staff. A knowledgeable staff member will be able to engage students with period artifacts and lead a discussion on Victorian life.

Indiana State Standards: SOCIAL STUDIES: 1.4.1, 2.4.3, 3.4.2, 3.4.4, 4.4.1, 4.4.7

Schedule by calling 812.944.9600 or emailing culbertsonmansionshs@indianamuseum.org.

Pond Dip

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

Wednesday through Friday (April through June only)
$75 per session

Grades K-5

Get an up-close peek at some of the macroinvertebrates that live in our ponds & wetlands. Learn about the life cycle of some insects and how important they are to the ecosystem.

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: K.3.6; K.1.1; K.3.3; K.4.1; K.4.2; 1.3.8; 1.1.2; 2.3.7; 2.3.4; 2.5.1; 2.1.1; 2.4.1; 2.4.2;2.5.3; 3.3.5; 3.2.6 3.3.1; 3.4.1; 4.3.2 ; 4.3.4; 4.4.2; 4.4.3; 4.4.6; 5.3.1 ; 5.3.2; 5.4.4

Schedule by calling 260.854.3790 or emailing genestrattonportershs@indianamuseum.org.

Gene Stratton-Porter Oddities

Gene Stratton-Porter and Limberlost State Historic Sites

Wednesday through Friday
$50 per session
Grades K-12

Gene was an avid collector of a variety of items. Learn about some of the more unusual artifacts in Gene’s collections and get a peek into the collections that might go unnoticed.

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: K.1.1; K.1.3 1.1.1; 1.1.3; 2.1.2; 2.1.3; 3.1.3; 3.1.5; 3.1.6; 4.1.15; 4.1.18; 4.4.7; 4.4.8; 5.1.1; 5.1.22; 5.3.13; 5.4.4, SOCIAL STUDIES: K.1.1; K.1.3 1.1.1; 1.1.3; 2.1.2; 2.1.3; 3.1.3; 3.1.5; 3.1.6; 4.1.15; 4.1.18; 4.4.7; 4.4.8; 5.1.1; 5.1.22; 5.3.13; 5.4.4

Schedule by calling 260.854.3790 or emailing genestrattonportershs@indianamuseum.org.

Leaf Identification

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

Wednesday through Friday
$150 per session (includes classroom kits), $100 for additional sessions

Grades K-12

Learn about the trees that thrive around Gene’s Cabin and in the Limberlost Swamp. This session will talk about various leaf and tree types found throughout the region. This can be adjusted to grade level, getting into the function and growth patterns of trees, forest types and uses of trees.

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: K.LS.1; K.LS.2; K.LS.3; 1.LS.3; 2.LS.2; 3.LS.2; 4.LS.1; 4.LS.2; 5.LS.1; 5.LS.2; 6.LS.2; 6.LS.5; 8.LS.9; s Env.1.1; s Env.1.2; Env.5.1; Env.5.5

Schedule by calling 260.854.3790 or emailing genestrattonportershs@indianamuseum.org.

Botany Club

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

Tuesday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades 1-5

Join a staff member of Lanier Mansion for Botany Club! Learn about the mid-19th century obsession with plants and specimens, much like the potted plant obsession we have today. Learn about Alexander Lanier’s conservatory and greenhouse, what he might have had growing there!

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: 1.ESS.3, 1.LS.2, 1.LS.3, 3.ESS.1, 3.LS.2, 3.LS.3, 4.LS.2, 4.LS.3, 5.LS.1

Schedule by calling 812.265.3526 or emailing laniermansionshs@indianamuseum.org.

19th Century Kitchen

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

Tuesday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades 1-5

Join a Lanier staff member for a 19th century Madison, Indiana cooking lesson! Learn about food 1840s food preparation, what was on Mrs. Lanier’s dinner menu, and what the staff would be eating as well. Where did food come from in the 1840s? How was it prepared? What kind of dishes did they eat on? Bring your curiosity, and your appetite!

Indiana State Standards: SOCIAL STUDIES: 2.4.3, 2.4.5, 3.4.1, 3.4.4, 4.4.1. English/Language Arts: 1.SL.1, 2.SL.1, 3.SL.1, 4.SL.1, 5.SL.1, 1.SL.2.1, 2.SL.2.1, 3.SL.2.1, 4.SL.2.1, 5.SL.2.1

Schedule by calling 812.265.3526 or emailing laniermansionshs@indianamuseum.org.

Swamp Life

Limberlost State Historic Site

Wednesday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades K-12

Learn about the different creatures that call the Limberlost Swamp home. From beavers to moths to birds, students will learn about what used to and still calls the swamp home.

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: K.3.6; K.1.1; K.3.3; K.4.1; K.4.2; 1.3.8; 1.1.2; 2.3.7; 2.3.4; 2.5.1; 2.4.1; 2.4.2;2.5.3; 3.3.5; 3.2.6; 3.4.1; 4.3.2 ; 4.3.4; 4.4.2; 4.4.3; 5.3.2; 5.4.4; 6.3.13 ; 8.3.9; B.1.38

Schedule by calling 260.368.7428 or emailing limberlostshs@indianamuseum.org.

Snakes on the Screen

Limberlost State Historic Site

Wednesday through Friday
$150 per session (includes classroom kits), $100 for additional sessions

Grades K-5

Snakes alive! Learn all about snakes, their role in the ecosystem and their history in the Limberlost Swamp. Get an up-close look at some snakes and even make your own!

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: K.LS.2; K.LS.3; 1.LS.1; 1.LS.3; 2.LS.1; 2.LS.2; 2.LS.3; 3.LS.3; 3.LS.4; 4.LS.2; 4.LS.3; 5.LS.2; 5.LS.3; 6.LS.1; 6.LS.3; 6.LS.4; 6.LS.5; Env.6.1; Env.6.4

Schedule by calling 260.368.7428 or emailing limberlostshs@indianamuseum.org.

Exploring Line & Shape in Sculpture

T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Monday through Friday
$125 per session (includes classroom kits), $100 for additional sessions

Grades K-2

Explore basic art elements and create your own clay sculpture!

Indiana State Standards: VA:Cr1.1.Ka, VA:Cr1.2.Ka, VA:Cr.1.1.1a, VA:Cr1.2.1a, VA:Cr.1.1.2a, VA:Cr1.2.2a, VA:Cr2.1.Ka, VA:Cr2.2.Ka, VA:Cr2.1.1a, VA:Cr2.2.1a, VA:Cr2.1.2a, VA:Cr2.2.2a, VA:Cr2.3.2a, PS.5, PS.7, K.G.1, K.G.4, 1.G.1, 1.G.2, 1.M.1, 2.G.1, 2.G.2, 2.M.2, K.SL.2.1, K.SL.3.2, 1.RV.1, 1.SL.1, 1.SL.2.1, 1.SL.2.4, 1.SL.2.5, 2SL.1, 2.SL.2.1, 2.SL.2.3, 2.SL.2.4, 2.SL.2.5

Schedule by calling 812.988.2785 or emailing tcsteeleshs@indianamuseum.org.

Imagining the Past, Predicting the Future

T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Monday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades 3-8

Practice the elements of design and basic art elements through the art of TC Steele! Then, create your own masterpiece when you examine contemporary and antique photographs when you determine what the historic site will be like in 100 years! Will need the following materials: white paper, pencil, crayons/colored pencils/markers.

Indiana State Standards: VA:Cr1.1.3a, VA:Cr1.2.3a, VA:Cr1.1.4a, VA:Cr1.1.5a, VA:Cr1.2.5a, VA:Cr2.1.Ka, VA:Cr2.2.Ka, VA:Cr2.1.1a, VA:Cr2.2.1a, VA:Cr2.1.2a, VA:Cr2.2.2a, VA:Cr2.3.2a, 6.1.16; 6.1.20; 8.1.28; 8.1.31; VA:Cr2.1.6a; VA:Cr2.1.7a; VA:Cr2.1.8a; VA:Cr2.3.6a; VA:Cr2.3.7a;VA:Pr4.1.6a; VA:Pr4.1.7a; VA:Pr6.1.6a; VA:Pr6.1.7a; VA:Pr6.1.8a; VA:Re7.1.6a; VA:Re.7.1.7a; VA:Re.7.1.8a

Schedule by calling 812.988.2785 or emailing tcsteeleshs@indianamuseum.org.

School: Then and Now

Vincennes State Historic Site

Monday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades K-1

Students will learn about Jefferson Academy (the first public school in Indiana) and about what school was like long ago. The students will compare and contrast school long ago and school today. Students will also become familiar with the concept of then and now.

Indiana State Standards: SOCIAL STUDIES: K.1.1; K.1.3; K.2.1; K.2.4; K.3.6

Schedule by calling 812.882.7422 or emailing vincennesshs@indianamuseum.org.

Indiana State Museum Explore Programs

Explore hands-on learning in your own classroom through one of our program modules and classroom kits. An educator guide and classroom kits are included with each program and kits include all materials needed to complete hands-on activity including activity guides.

To schedule any of the following programs, contact our Program and Schedule Manager Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org.

Engineering Explorations

Monday through Friday
$150 per session, $100 per additional sessions in same day

Grades K-2

Explore how objects move as students engineer a solution to help our museum paleontologists at the dig site. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creation just like real Indiana engineers.

Indiana State Standards: K.PS.2, K.PS.3, K.PS.4, K.ESS.4, K-2.E.2, K-2-E.3, SOCIAL STUDIES: K.4.2, 2.PS.4

Indiana Innovators

Monday through Friday
$150 per session, $100 per additional sessions in same day

Grades K-2

Students will explore how creations from Indiana innovators sparked ingenuity and even improvements of their inventions. Students will challenge themselves and see if they can improve an object they use every week.

Indiana State Standards: K.PS.2, K.PS.3, K.PS.4,  K-2.E.2, K-2-E.3, SOCIAL STUDIES: K.1.2, K.4.2, 1.1.1, 1.4.1, 2.PS.4

Engineering Design

Monday through Friday
$150 per session, $100 per additional sessions in same day

Grades 3-5

Explore how objects are affected by forces and energy as students engineer devices to launch objects. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creation just like real Indiana engineers

Indiana State Standards: 3.PS.1, 3-5.E.1, 3-5.E-3, 4.PS.1, 4.PS.2, 4.PS.4, 5.PS.4

Pioneering Innovations

Monday through Friday
$150 per session, $100 per additional sessions in same day

Grades 3-5

Pioneers used simple machines and engineering to create a new life in Indiana. Students will explore how simple machines and innovations made their life easier and will design and build their own compound machine.

Indiana State Standards: 3.PS.2, 3-5.E.1, 3-5.E.3, SOCIAL STUDIES: 3.1.2, 3.4.1, 4.PS.3, 4.PS.4, 4.1.6

Hoosiers Making History

Monday through Friday
$150 per session, $100 per additional sessions in same day

Grade 4

Learn about the people and inventions that shaped Indiana through innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit during the 1900’s.

Indiana State Standards:  4.1.9, 4.1.10, 4.1.12, 4.1.18, 4.4.7

Engineering Solutions

Monday through Friday
$150 per session, $100 per additional sessions in same day

Grades 6-8

Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion as students engineer a solution in protecting fragile fossils as they are transported back to the museum. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creations, and reflect on the process just like real Indiana engineers.

Indiana State Standards: 6.PS.3, 6-8.E.1, 6-8.E.2 6-8.E.3, 6-8.E.4, 7PS.4, 7.PS.5, 7.PS.6, 7.PS.7

Voices from the Past

Monday through Friday
$150 per session, $100 per additional sessions in same day

Grades 6-8

How can we learn from past civilizations? How do archaeologists piece together the puzzle of how they lived? How can the past shape our future? Students will explore stories uncovered through the archaeological process and consider what  future archaeologists will discover about our lives.

Indiana State Standards: SOCIAL STUDIES: 6.1.21, 8.1.29

92 County Virtual Tour

Scheduled upon request
$50 per session

Grades 9-12

The Indiana State Museum is home to sculptures and icons featuring all 92 Counties in the state represented on the building itself. Observe several sculpture highlights and discuss how the county’s history and identity helped influence the artwork.

Indiana State Standards: Visual Arts Anchor Standard 11; Indiana Studies LH.4; History 1

My Favorite Things Tour

Scheduled upon request
$50 per session

Grades 9-12

Go beyond the label as our staff share some of their favorites from our collection that you will find in our galleries. Some favorites we will discuss include Abraham Lincoln’s splitting maul and a Victorian hair wreath are just a few of the artifacts that will be discussed.

Indiana State Standards: Indiana Studies 1, 5

Museum Careers

Scheduled upon request
$50 per session

Grades 7-12

Meet with a member of our team (virtually) and learn about the different types of career paths you could take to one day work in a museum! Learn about the different jobs in various museum departments including marketing, accounting, collections, education and more. We will also highlight different schools, internships and experiences that our staff members selected to help lead them to the jobs they are in today!

Indiana State Standards: CTE: Family and Consumer Sciences:  ECC-2.1, ECC-2.3, ECC-2.5, ICAH-7.1, ICAH-7.3, PCC-2.1

Early Childhood Explore Programs

Enjoy a pre-recorded story time by our early childhood educators and an educator packet with a full curriculum guide and list of materials, lesson plan, extension activities, and prompts to use on your own time. These programs are recommended for ages 3-6.

To schedule any of the following programs, contact our Program and Schedule Manager Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org.

Be an Engineer

Scheduled upon request
$75 per session

Students will be inspired by an engaging story time and be introduced to the Engineer Design Process.  Classrooms will receive an educator packet that will feature a lesson plan with a material list that features items found around your own classroom.  Students will have the chance to engineer their very own chain reaction machine and experiment with hands-on creation.

Early Learning Foundations: ELA 1.1; ELA 1.2; ELA 1.3; ELA 2.3; ELA 2.4; ELA 3.1; ELA 3.2, M 1.1; M 1.2; M 1.3; M 2.2; M 3.1; M 4.1; M 4.2; M 5.2, SE 1.1; SE 1.2; SE 2.1; SE 4.1, APL 1.1; APL 1.2; APL 2.1; APL 3.1; APL 4.1, SC 1.1; SC 1.2; SC 4.1; SC 5.1,  SS 5.1 CA 3.1; CA 3.2; CA 4.1, PHG 2.1; PHG 3.1

Ice Age Animals

Scheduled upon request
$75 per session

Step back in time with the help of our staff to see what life was like during the Ice Age in Indiana. Students will be introduced to many Ice Age animals through an engaging story time and object investigation.  Classrooms will receive an educator packet that will feature a lesson plan with a material list that features items found around your own classroom.  Students will engage in snowy sensory play and learn more about the Ice Age through hands-on investigation.

Early Learning Foundations: ELA 1.1; ELA 1.2; ELA 1.3; ELA 2.3; ELA 2.4; ELA 3.1, M 4.1; M 4.2; M 5.1; M 5.2, SE 1.1; SE 1.2; SE 2.1; SE 4.1, APL 1.1; APL 1.2; APL 2.1; APL 3.1;  APL 4.1, SC 1.1; SC 1.2; SC 2.1; SC 2.2; SC 3.1; SC 4.1; SC 5.1, SS 2.1; SS 2.2; SS 3.1; SS 3.2; SS 3.3; SS 5.1, CA 3.1; CA 3.2; CA 4.1, PHG 2.1; PHG 3.1

Nature Explorers

Scheduled upon request
$75 per session

Explore the basics of paleontology, archeology and biology through a virtual look at our R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab and an engaging story time.  Students will explore hands-on activities from detailed lesson plans that use materials from your classroom or the nature space around your school.

Early Learning Foundations: ELA 1.1; ELA 1.2; ELA 1.3; ELA 2.3; ELA 2.4; ELA 3.1, M 1.1; M 1.2; M 1.3; M 2.2; M 3.1; M 4.1; M 4.2; M 5.2, SE 1.1; SE 1.2; SE 2.1; SE 4.1, APL 1.1; APL 1.2; APL 2.1; APL 3.1;  APL 4.1, SC 1.1; SC 1.2; SC 2.1; SC 2.2; SC 3.1; SC 5.1, SS 2.1; SS 2.2; SS 3.1; SS 3.2; SS 3.3; SS 5.1, CA 3.1; CA 3.2; CA 3.3; CA 4.1, PHG 2.1; PHG 3.1

Artful Play

Scheduled upon request
$75 per session

Students will be inspired by artwork by Hoosier artists and will be able to create their own master- pieces. Through an engaging virtual story time and hands-on activities from the educator packet—your students will become artists!

Early Learning Foundations: ELA 1.1; ELA 1.2; ELA 1.3; ELA 2.3; ELA 2.4; ELA 3.1; ELA 3.2, M 2.2; M 4.1; M 4.2; M 5.2, SE 1.1; SE 1.2; SE 2.1; SE 4.1, APL 1.1; APL 1.2; APL 2.1; APL 3.1;  APL 4.1, SC 1.1; SC 1.2; SC 5.1, SS 5.1 CA 3.1; CA 3.2; CA 3.3; CA 4.1, PHG 2.1; PHG 3.1

Be My Neighbor

Scheduled upon request
$75 per session

Explore how we can be good friends and work together with help from our friend Daniel Tiger.  Through the educator packet, teachers will receive lessons plans that encourage collaborative problem solving and encourage social emotional development.  A material list will detail items that can be used for the hands-on activities that can be found in the classroom.

Early Learning Foundations: ELA 1.1; ELA 1.2; ELA 1.3; ELA 2.2; ELA 2.3; ELA 2.4; ELA 3.1; ELA 3.2, M 1.1; M 1.2; M 2.2; M 3.1; M 4.1; M 4.2, SE 1.1; SE 1.2; SE 2.1; SE 3.1; SE 4.1, APL 1.1; APL 1.2; APL 2.1; APL 3.1; APL 4.1, SC 1.1; SC 1.2; SC 4.1; SC 5.1, SS 1.1; SS 2.3; SS 3.2; SS 4.1; SS 5.1, CA 1.1; CA 2.1; CA 3.1; CA 3.2; CA 3.3; CA 4.1, PHG 2.1; PHG 2.2; PHG 3.1