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School Programs

History comes alive for students with our interactive school programs placed at different stops within the exhibitions at the Maryland Center for History and Culture. Students gain essential social studies skills by engaging with the MCHC collections through primary source inquiry and activities. Please visit our Schedule Programs page to book your School Program.

We have closed our school tour booking for the 21-22 school year and will open up booking for the 22-23 school year on August 1, 2022. If you would like to book a program for a date before August 1, please email Deborah Wood at

Students dress up for a Colonial Maryland program onsite at the MCHC.

NEW – Video Lesson Package

Due to public health restrictions for onsite visitation, we are offering a unique Video Lesson Package designed to replace what students would learn at the museum during our Onsite School Programs. The Black Freedom Struggle during the Civil War Video Lesson Package from the Maryland Center for History and Culture is a FREE three-part video lesson includes pre-made lessons, short videos, and activities focusing on the Black Freedom Struggle in Maryland during the Civil War. Topics include “Slavery and Activism Leading up to the Civil War,” “United States Colored Troops,” and the “13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.” These short and easy to use lessons are perfect additions to your United States History curriculum.

School Tours

Life Then and Now (Grades k-2)

Learn what life was like in Maryland long ago. Students are introduced to how jobs, homes, agriculture, and transportation have changed throughout the state’s history.

Cost: $3 per student
Maximum students: 60
Length: 1.5 hours (use of lunchroom available upon request)

Colonial Maryland (Grades 3-5)

Explore the evolution of the colonial economy from Maryland’s founding to independence. Students learn about colonists, their motives for migration, the impacts of plantation agriculture, and the quest for independence.

Cost: $5 per student/$3 per student for Title 1 Schools
Maximum students: 60
Length: 2.5 hours (includes lunch break)

Civil Rights in Maryland (Grades 4-12)

Trace the strides that African Americans have made in pursuing equal rights and treatment, from the colonial period to the present. Students trace key themes including slavery, voting rights, the civil rights movement, and civic engagement. Unavailable until September 2022 due to exhibition updates.

Cost: $3 per student
Maximum students: 60
Length: 1.5 hours (use of lunchroom available upon request)

Add-On Programs

Enhance your students’ onsite experience and get hands-on with history. Programs are an additional 30-60 minutes depending on the number of students.

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 safety procedures, we are unable to facilitate Add-On Programs at this time.


Students explore the skill of writing a letter with a quill and ink and also learn how letters were sent and folded without envelopes. Cost: $2 per student

Candle Dipping (Grades 3–12)

Using beeswax, students make their own hand-dipped candles to take home. Cost: $2 per student

Student Primary Source Research (Grades 5–12)

Students interact with primary sources from the MCHC collection while learning more about how to use primary source research.

  • Slavery and the Underground Railroad
  • Civil War Perspectives
  • Growth at the Turn of the Century
  • The Civil Rights Movement in Maryland
  • History Day Preparation

Please Note

Field trips to the museum are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays.

We are able to put a hold on dates over the phone or by email, but program request forms must be submitted within three weeks of the hold to finalize your program date, or the date will be re-opened for other groups. Changes may still be made after submitting a request form.

MCHC provides many grants to help make our programs accessible. Please visit our Grant Funding page to learn more.

Have a Question?

Please call 410-685-3750, ext. 317, or e-mail or read our Field Trip Guidelines.

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