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.



60 minutes, maximum 30 students.

Archaeology of Ohio's Native American Peoples

Grades 3-8

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.

Business Beginnings

Grades 3–6

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

Grades 2–6

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

Grades 3–8

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

Grades 3–8

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

Grades 3–6

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

Grades 1–4

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.

Transportation Transformations

Grades 3–6

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.

Uncovering Egypt*

Grade 4-8

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

Grades 3–8

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.

Walking City

Grades 3-8

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

Grades 3–6

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.