Museum and Gold Rush Programs

Making History Come Alive... in 3D!

Please note: the education department is away from the office for History Camp
and will not be able to respond to requests until August.

Our Sacramento History Museum Programs offer a variety of educational programs for field trips.  All programming adheres to California Curriculum Standards.   You may download a Field Trip Request Form here. 

The Sacramento History Alliance also provides scholarships to low income and Title 1 schools. Download our Field Trip/Outreach Request Form.

Please note that you can type directly into the Word Documents. 

Scroll down to see program descriptions.

MUSEUM PROGRAMS

Hour-long programs in the museum, cannot exceed 35 people per program

$75 for groups of 10 to 19 students – includes free teacher and 2 free chaperones
$120 for groups of 20 to 30 students – includes free teacher and 4 free chaperones
Additional students $4 each
Additional chaperones, $5 each

 

GOLD RUSH PROGRAMS

90-minute programs – includes 30 minutes of gold panning, cannot exceed 35 people per program.

$110 for groups of 10 to 19 students – includes free teacher and 2 free chaperones
$180 for groups of 20 to 30 students – includes free teacher and 4 free chaperones
Additional students $6 each
Additional chaperones $5 each

 

EXPRESS PROGRAMS

Print Shop and Gold Panning – 30-minute programs Print Shop – cannot exceed 35 people per program

$35 for 10 to 19 students – includes free teacher and 2 free chaperones
$60 for 20-30 students – includes free teacher and 4 free chaperones
Additional Students $2 each
Additional Chaperones $3 each

 

Gold Panning – for Students only – cannot exceed 50 students per program

$55 for 10-19
$90 for 20-30
$120 for 31-40
$150 for 41-50

Please note, museum admission is not included in field trip prices.

 

Educational Programs listed by appropriate grade levels:

1st – 2nd grades

History Mystery! May Woolsey’s Trunk

How do historians use artifacts to decode the past? Open a Victorian-era trunk filled with clues that tell the story of a 12-year-old Sacramento girl who lived in the late 1800s. 1 hour

 

 

California’s Agriculture

Agriculture, California’s true gold! Through artifacts and hands-on activities, students will learn about the components of agriculture and how agriculture shaped California’s past and present. 1 hour

 

3rd – 4th grades

Nisenan: California Indians of the Sacramento Region

Using hands-on artifacts, students will get to explore the culture and society of the earliest inhabitants of the Sacramento area, the Nisenan. 1 hour

 

The Gold Rush

This extremely popular program leads students on a journey through the California Gold Rush. Students visit several museum galleries, including our historic print shop, and learn how the California Gold Rush began, the importance of newspapers during this era, and gold mining techniques. The programs ends with our Gold Panning program. 1.5 hours

 

Head West

Why did thousands of pioneers risk their lives to make the journey to California?

Through stories and hands-on artifacts, students will learn about life on the Overland trails, and take their own westward trek through our interactive adventure game! 1 hour

 

5th – 7th grades

Anchors Away

What was sea navigation like and why was the journey so perilous? Our docents will use maps, artifacts, and historic documents to teach about sea travel to the Western United States. Students will also go on their own sea voyages using our interactive adventure game! 1 hour

 

K – 12

Museum Scavenger Hunt

On this scavenger hunt, students move through the museum in teams with a chaperone, and work together to solve clues which lead them on a fun interactive tour of the museum’ s exhibits and artifacts. We provide all the materials. 1 hour

 

Guided Museum Tour

See the museum and exhibits through the eyes of our docents! During this program we showcase specific artifacts, and students learn more about the themes of our exhibits. 1 hour

 

EXPRESS PROGRAMS

Pan for Gold

Thirty minutes of pure Gold! In this hands-on program students will pan for precious metals, minerals, and real gold in our panning troughs. We provide plastic vials to hold students’ treasures. 30 minutes

 

Historic Print Shop

Visit our historic print shop for a docent-led demonstration on newspaper publication during the Gold Rush! 30 minutes

 

 

 

Have questions?

Please contact Zoey Jennings, the Education and Interpretive Programs Coordinator, at 916-808-6896, or at zjennings@cityofsacramento.org.

 

Ready to schedule your Field Trip?

Download our Field Trip Request Form! Please note that you can type directly into the Word Document.

The Sacramento History Alliance also provides scholarships to low income and Title 1 schools. Download our Field Trip/Outreach Request Form.

Please send completed forms to Zoey Jennings, the Education and Interpretive Programs Coordinator at zjennings@cityofsacramento.org.

You can also fax in completed forms to 916-808-5100, or mail them to 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814.

 

 

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