Want to bring the excitement of Cincinnati Museum Center directly to your location? Our Programs-on-Wheels bring educational and entertaining lessons in a wide variety of topics to you!
Click here to see how our programs align with the Ohio Revised Academic Science and Social Studies Standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards and National Social Studies Academic Standards.
- Designed for grades 1 through 8.
- Available Sunday through Saturday.
- 60 minutes
- Maximum 30 students per program.
- Changes to your scheduled activities or numbers less than 2 business days before your program or the day of your program may result in the suspension of visiting privelages or grant eligibility.
- Failure to cancel your reservation prior to our arrival is subject to a charge of 100% of the total reservation.
- Book as far in advance as possible. Reservations for programs close two weeks out.
- Payment by credit card, check or purchase order is required 2 weeks before the program. Programs are subject to reschedule if payment has not been received by that time.
- All programs require 15-45 minutes of set-up and take-down.
- Consecutive programs booked on the same day should be scheduled with at least 15 minutes between programs.
- Confirmation materials are emailed at the time of reservation.
ABC: Arches, Bridges & Construction
Work in teams to build arches, a suspension bridge and a truss bridge you can actually crawl across. Learn what makes bridges work - anchors, beams and compression. Explore the concepts of live load, dead load, and environmental stress.
Archaeology of Ohio's Native American Peoples
How do we know what we know about past cultures? Gain in introduction to the major cultural groups of Ohio's prehistory while practicing techniques such as stratigraphy, quadrant mapping and flotation analysis that archaeologuists use to gather information about past civilizations.
Investigate soap and candle making, meatpacking, furniture making and brewing in 19th-century Cincinnati. Work in small groups to review period business records, illustrations and historical artifacts. Learn how productive resources were used in these industries and how they impacted production and consumption. Get to know economic terms such as opportunity cost, scarcity, profit and loss.
Coming to America
The 19th century brought people from all around the world to Cincinnati's doorsteps. Explore factors that might include an immigrant to leave their home and learn how these groups impacted our local community. Identify the push-and-pull factors that made the U.S. the land of opportunity and discover how these groups influenced Cincinnati's rich cultural history.
Evolution of Diversity: A History of Earth's Changes
Investigate how land masses move and shifted through time. Explore a timeline of major species evolution and extinction events. Learn about local ancient creatures, the habitat in which they lived and their adaptations. Program includes Ordovician period diorama and fossil specimens from museum collections. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Impact of Inventions
Many inventors, such as Benjamin Banneker, Garrett Morgan, Eli Whitney, George Washington Carver and Patricia Bath, have changed our daily lives. Use a timeline, experiments, hands-on activities and role-playing to investigate the impact of their inventions and others on the past, present and the future. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Geographical, political and historic city maps help us explore one of the oldest cities in the world. Visualize similarities among three world religions using a Venn diagram. Recreate a passage from the Dead Sea Scrolls using a concordance and use DNA to validate authenticity. Finally, examine the history and science behind iron gall ink and ancient and modern manscript materials by writing with scribes and quills.
Lewis & Clark
Use maps, historical artifacts, parched corn and primary source material to study the wildlife, unknown lands and people Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery encountered on their journey. Primary source material includes a Meriwether Lewis manuscript owned by Cincinnati Museum Center and replicas of the Jefferson Peace Medal. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Liberty on the Border
Imagine life as a Civil War soldier and interact with hardtack, period ammunition and a haversack containing personal supplies and historical letters written during the war. Learn about Civil War causes, economic effects, important figures and territorial expansion through photographs, prints, maps, replicas and other period materials. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Lotions, Potions and Strange Notions
Learn the cause of cholera (present day and historical theories) then role-play the symptoms this disease caused. Touch a “giant microbe” of Vibrio cholerae (Cholera) and investigate where the disease is found today. Explore old-fashioned home and herbal remedies then use mortars and pestles to roll herbal pills like those dispensed in 19th century apothecaries. Program available in Exploration Station format.
One World, Many Cultures
Take a trip around the world, using maps and travel buddies to navigate your way. Explore cultures from Africa, Asia, Australia, and South and North America through clothing, crafts, games, celebrations, music and photographs.
The Underground Railroad: Its History, People & Glory
Recreate elements of the Underground Railroad through pictures, slave shackles, photographs, maps, navigational tools and true stories of historical figures. Discover the resourcefulness, courage and determination of freedom-seeking slaves and abolitionists. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Learn how canals, streetcars and inclines impacted the growth of Cincinnati from the 1820s through the 1950s. Learn about a period folksong, load goods on a mock canal boat, experience one of Cincinnati’s five inclines and view historical photographs of these forms of transportation. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Meet the science that allows us to unlock the secrets of past civilizations. Participate in hands-on demonstrations of archeological techniques, explore a mock excavation site from Egypt and learn to identify a culture based on the artifacts discovered. Available in Exploration Station format.
Explore how geographic factors kept Cincinnatians confined to the downtown basin and learn why our city remained a walking city longer than most. Use a two-by-three-foot period map, map key, advertisements and illustrations to perform a series of tasks that help you understand what life was like in 1863 Cincinnati. Program available in Exploration Station format.
When Two Worlds Met
The North American fur trade connected people from two different worlds. Exchange furs, coins and wampum for replica goods from a late 18th-century trading post. Learn about the Battle of Fallen Timbers by stepping into roles as the signers of the Treaty of Greenville. Program available in Exploration Station format.