Teacher Resources


The New Haven Museum is dedicated to providing to teachers access to the rich history and cultural heritage of the Greater New Haven region. Through professional development opportunities, online resources and other materials, the Museum is able to showcase its wide variety of objects, manuscripts and photographs to tell the story of the Elm City and beyond.

Pre- & Post-Visit Activities

The New Haven Museum (NHM) is dedicated to providing and developing high-quality tours and programs for school groups. In order to extend the learning experience beyond the museum visit, we have developed pre- and post-visit activities for teachers to use in conjunction with a trip to the New Haven Museum or an outreach program. The activities correspond to the Common Core Standards and the 2009 Social Studies Framework.

In addition, each set of activities comes with a brief background on the topic so that teachers may easily adapt the information and materials.

Pre-Visit Activities

To prepare students for their visit to the museum, these activities are designed to communicate the significance of different aspects of the history of New Haven. These activities establish the foundation of the ideas that will be brought up during the program at NHM or in your classroom.

Post-Visit Activities

To follow up the NHM visit , students will be given the opportunity to use the information they learned during the program at the Museum for maximum retention.

Activities are available for the following school programs:

Who Were the Quinnipiac Indians? (Grades 1-12)
The Amistad Incident (Grades 5-12)

Check this page frequently for the addition of new activities.

Professional Development


Small groups of teachers or school systems planning in-service programs are welcome to arrange for professional development opportunities focused on bringing local history, primary resources and the cultural landscape into their classroom experiences.

Please contact the Education Department at (203) 562-4183 x 11 or education@newhavenmuseum.org to discuss your group’s content area and how we can plan a program to fit your needs.

Programs are offered for groups of 5 or more for a minimum of 2 hours up to a full day. Costs vary by program. Reservations are required.

Minimum cost: $150.00

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