K‐8 Programs

Primary /Secondary Programs (K-8) offer interesting and innovative workshops connecting exhibitions and library resources to classroom curriculum for grades K-12. Teachers are invited to schedule their classes to participate in the following types of programs:

Self-Guided Visits allow you and your class to visit NHM on your own. Activity Guides are available upon request.

All programs are taught by trained museum staff. Museum Programs and Outreach are designed for classes of up to 30 students. One adult per ten students is required.

All programs require advance registration. Please see Scheduling Programs for more information.

The programs listed below are available at NHM, Tuesdays – Fridays, throughout the school year. Advance reservations are required. All programs are created to connect with Connecticut curriculum standards and  all content is designed for specific grade levels.


Museum Programs

Colonial New Haven (Grades K – 5)

Students explore the founding of New Haven through the colonial period by looking at objects in the New Haven Illustrated gallery.  What was life like for people in the 1700s? What kinds of businesses and houses made up the New Haven Colony? Using maps and artifacts students will be better able to compare and contrast New Haven’s change over time.


Explore New Haven Green (Grades 2 – 10)

Students will explore the history of the New Haven Green through maps, artifacts and a scavenger hunt! This program provides students with an opportunity to understand the “heart” of the city of New Haven. The program will include a scavenger hunt around the Green that involves architecture, commerce and a changing landscape.


New Haven’s First Settlers (Grades 3 – 5)

Who were the first European settlers of New Haven? Why did they come here? What was life like in early New Haven? Students will investigate primary sources, study maps and explore galleries to piece together the past.


Heroes of New Haven (Grades 4 – 8)

The heroes of New Haven are numerous: Roger Sherman, David Wooster, Joseph Cinque, Eli Whitney and many others! The program can combine a visit to the Museum and (weather permitting) a trip to Grove Street Cemetery. The program will allow for students to discover what makes a hero, how a hero has shaped history and to think about their own future role in society.


New Haven & The Sea (Grades 4 – 8)

What was it like to set sail from New Haven and travel the world?  Take a trip through history with a visit to the Maritime New Haven gallery to learn about the China Trade, the oyster industry, the voyage of the Neptune and what life was like sailing the high seas. Students will be able to learn through discovery with colonial articles and journals.


Revolutionary New Haven (Grades 4, 5, 8)

Discover what it was like to live in New Haven during the 1700s.  Learn how Benedict Arnold, Roger Sherman and New Haven patriots like Amos Morris responded to the British raid on New Haven. Students tour the New Haven Illustrated gallery to see objects and images of the town and residents.


The Amistad (Grades 4 – 12)

Who were the Amistad captives and why does their story matter? Drawing upon primary source documents, students will be able to engage in multiple dimensions of the Social Studies Inquiry cycle  through this program, which includes a tour of the Amistad gallery.


Self-Guided Tours  (Grades K – 12)

Self-guided tours may be scheduled to allow you and your class to visit the Museum on your own. A staff member will greet your group upon arrival and provide an orientation to the Museum. A minimum of

1 adult per 10 students is required (1 adult per 5 students is preferred). Please plan to divide your class into small groups (no larger than 10 per group) when visiting. Each small group must have an adult leader.


Primary Source Programs

Past Acquaintances (Grades 5 – 12)

Choose to focus on a specific time period or study change over time by exploring the lives of New Haven residents from three centuries.  Students use letters, diaries, town records and other documents as well as historic artifacts to research men and women from New Haven’s past.


Industry & Commerce in New Haven (Grades 6 – 12)

Delve into the world of inventions, gadgets and businesses by exploring documents and objects showing New Haven’s history of commerce.  Find out who made carriage hinges (the patent was signed by Thomas Jefferson) and how many residents were employed by The New Haven Clock Company. What was it like to make and sell things in the 18th and 19th centuries?


The Amistad Incident (Grades 8 – 12)

This program reflects the many issues facing free and enslaved African Americans in the early 1800s. Using primary sources, students will be better able to understand and discuss issues of historical importance.


Outreach Programs

Who Were the Quinnipiacs? (Grades 1 – 4)

Using reproduced artifacts, students will be better able to understand who inhabited the land before the Puritans. Students will havethe opportunity to evaluate artifacts, photos and maps and make connections about life for the Quinnipiacs.


19th-Century Schoolhouse (Grades 2 & 3)

What was school like in the 1800s? Did students have computers and colorful pens? Access to as many books as they could read? What games did they play during recess? This program allows students to compare and contrast what life was like for students during the 19th century with hands-on activities to ensure better understanding.


Dig New Haven (Grades 3 – 8)

How do we know what we know about New Haven? This program introduces students to the world of archaeology! Using the materials, students will consider where, why and how objects are discovered.

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