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School Groups

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Our school programs are offered September 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016.


  • School groups must schedule their visit to the museum at least two weeks in advance using our Tour Request Form
  • You may plan your visit for Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays 
  • Groups are scheduled for 2 or 3 hour visits – 10am to 12pm OR 9am to 12pm (some flexibility)
  • Grades K-12 are welcome (please note that these programs were designed with a focus on history standards for 3rd and 4th graders, but we will work to adapt content when possible)
  • We can only allow up to 60 students per visit
    • If your group is larger than 60 please consider visiting on two separate days or finding an alternative activity for half of your group
  • Teachers are encouraged to visit the museum in advance to prepare for your field trip
  • Visitation is FREE


  • All pre-scheduled groups will receive a welcome and introduction upon arrival.
  • The museum offers two options for your field trip – Hands On History (HOH) OR Hands On History Plus (HOH+). Please read below to decide which option will work best for your group.
    • Both programs address the Colorado Academic Standards for history focusing on analysis of primary and secondary sources, understanding cause-and-effect relationships in the interactions among people and cultures, and comparing history to life today. Carts are facilitated by trained volunteers.
  • For middle and high school groups please email to discuss either a guided tour or a self-guided visit.


  • We do not have indoor facilities for students to eat lunch, but in the warmer months groups are welcome to eat in the Alamo Square Park surrounding the building.
  • We have buckets to collect backpacks, lunches, coats, etc. but our space is limited. Please leave as many of these items on the bus as possible.
  • We do not allow writing utensils in the museum. Please no pencils, ink pens, crayons, markers, etc.



Offered Wednesdays-Fridays for groups of 20-60, DSC_0032Grades 1st-6th, 10am-12/12:30pm

During your 2 to 2.5 hour visit students will be welcomed as a group, and then rotate between four interactive stations: City of Sunshine (history of health in the region), Cultural Crossroads (American Indian history), Snapshot of History (historic photo analysis), and This Old House (Helen Hunt Jackson).  Each station is 15 minutes with five minutes between for transition. You may choose 20-50 minutes at the end of the program to explore on your own in small groups. Please click here to view detailed descriptions of each station, a schedule of your visit and (coming soon).


Offered Wednesday-Fridays for groups of 20-60, Grades 2nd-5th, 9am-12pm or 9:30am-12:30pmDSC_0007

HOH+ is an extended version of the Hands On History program. For this three hour program students will be welcomed as a group, and will then rotate between three 30 minute activity stations. Explore Cultural Crossroads (American Indian history and trade in the west), Snapshot in History (historic photo analysis), and The Midas Touch (mining and Benefactor Spencer Penrose). Your group will have 30 minutes at the end of the program to explore on their own. Please click here for a complete description of this program (coming soon).

Supplemental Materials For Your Visit

The museum offers four self-guided activity sheets for your visit. These activities can be a fun addition to your visit but also can distract from what your students will learn from our interactive carts and exhibits. If you do choose to use the activity sheets please note the following:

  1. Print the activity sheets in advance of your visit.
  2. Have your students work in pairs, or only print one per chaperone/group.
  3. We do not allow any writing utensils in the museum (pencils, ink pens, crayons, markers, etc.). The indoor Museum Picture Hunt is designed to incite discussion between student partners, teachers/students, chaperones/students, etc. 
  • Museum Picture Hunt Updated version coming soon!
  • Outdoor Picture Hunt – Ages 6-12, a great option for larger groups (over 75) that need an outdoor activity for half the group while the other explores indoors.



A volunteer cart guide sharing artifacts from our Cultural Crossroads exhibit.

  • After you have scheduled your visit you will receive an email confirmation with details on how to prepare. Depending on which option you chose and cart availability we will ask you to split your students into a certain number of groups.
  • We require one adult chaperone for every 5-8 students and ask that you share your expectations with them prior to the visit.
  • Please leave water bottles and backpacks on your bus. Let us know if you need a backpack to carry medical supplies.
  • Upon your arrival a volunteer or staff member will greet you and take you to a location where we will welcome your group, share the rules, and answer any questions about your visit.
  • Please review our Guidelines for School Groups for information on our chaperone policy, parking for buses, and more.

Colorado P-12 Academic Standards for History:

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Contact the Museum Program Coordinator, Meg Poole at 719-385-5631 or email at to discuss educational programs at the Museum.