Social Studies Programs-on-Wheels
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!
See how our programs align with the Ohio Revised Academic Science and Social Studies Standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards and National Social Studies Academic Standards.
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 archaeologists 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.
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.
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.
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. Program available in Exploration Station format.
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.
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.
Valerie Horobik, Manager, Programs-on-Wheels
(513) 287-7000 ext. 7166
Karen Venetian, Director, Programs-on-Wheels
(513) 287-7000 ext. 7204
Pricing and Reservations
Fill out the Programs on Wheels Reservation form or call (513) 287-7021 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for more information or to book your program.
2 programs: $300
3 programs: $420
4 programs: $540
5 programs: $650
6 programs: $750
*Same program, same day, same location
* Same program, same day, same location
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