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Enrich your students’ study of history with a visit to the Maryland Historical Society. Interactive tours, led by trained museum teachers, focus on specific objects in the collection. All tours are designed to address the Maryland State Social Studies curriculum.
Some scholarships may be available to help cover the cost of tours and workshops. If your school needs assistance to be able to visit the Maryland Historical Society, please call us for details at 410-685-3750 ext. 334.
$3 per student. One free adult admission for every 10 students, $3 for each additional adult.
Tours are scheduled throughout the week and last one hour.
A student lunchroom is available for eating bag lunches.
Minimum of 10 students, maximum of 75 students
Call 410-685-3750 ext. 334 to reserve a tour date and time. Call early as tours book quickly.
Teachers may call ahead to request passes for a free preview visit before their class trip. Tour guidelines for trip leaders
Preschool Program: Who Lives in a History Museum? (ages 4 & 5) Follow Nipper, the RCA dog, through the MdHS, learning about the past as seen in a history museum; designed especially for preschoolers and includes a craft activity. ($4 per student)
In Olden Times (Grades K - 3) A look at children’s life and experiences long ago through hands-on exploration of work activities, play time and family life. Pre-visit Lesson for In Olden Times
From Survival to Prosperity - Maryland's Colonial Economy: (Grades4-8) Examine the evolution of Maryland's colonial economy, and its influence on society, through a detailed analysis of objects on exhibit and gems from our extensive archival collections. Study the importance of tobacco, shipbuilding, trade, and enslaved labor to the colonial economy, as well as the role of economic grievances in spurring the American Revolution.
In Full Glory Reflected - Maryland in the War of 1812: (Grades 4-8) Commemorate the bicentiennial of this pivotal, but overlooked, period in American history through a student-directed, intensive exploration of the new War of 1812 exhibit. In small groups, students will analyze, evaluate, and synthesize primary and secondary sources to develop and support an argument about the extent and significance of Baltimore's involvement in the conflict. Program is Common Core based and runs 90 minutes.
Created Equal - Looking for Liberty in Maryland: (Grades 4-12) Trace the strides that America has made in extending civil rights and equal treatment to all of its people, including African Americans, women, Jews, Native Americans, and immigrants, from the colonial days to the present, with attention to education, voting rights, religious toleration, labor, and stereotypes.
The Hunt for History (Grades 4-12) Maryland’s place in the American historical & cultural landscape from the founding of the colony through the twentieth century; a great overview of Maryland history for older students. Pre-visit Lesson for Hunt for History
Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War (Grades 6 - 12) Examine Maryland's role as a border state and learn about slavery, the Pratt Street riot, the occupation of Baltimore, the Unites States Colored Troops, and the importance of photography while discussing the Civil War's impact on the people and institutions of Maryland.
See our Lesson Plans page for lessons on the Civil War.
In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland in the War of 1812 (Grades 4,5,8) Students will use primary souces, including paintings, newspapers, ship building tools, and the Star-Spangled Banner to discover Maryland's central role in the War of 1812. Uses Common Core literacy standards.
A State Divided (Grades 6-12) In small groups, students will complete an inquiry-based activity that requires them to closely analyze displayed artifacts. Groups will then share their findings in a classroom setting. Activity and discussion facilitted by MdHS museum teachers. Recommended to pair this exploration with Divided Voices tour.