School Tours & Programs

School children can learn about African American history and culture through school programs at the museum, or through on-site programs that the museum offers at schools. The Top 5 Reasons to visit the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture are 1.) The museum brings history alive for all ages while fostering inquiry, identity, cultural awareness, civic engagement and deeper knowledge of the contributions made by African American Marylanders. 2.) See exciting permanent and special exhibitions. 3.) A field trip to the Museum expands a child's world with a new framework for learning. 4.) Enjoy a customized experience for your students, i.e., Living History, Themed and Guided Tours. 5.) Have fun while learning.

Funding for Schools

The museum offers funding for public and private/parochial schools wishing to visit the museum or to have an outreach program at their school. Visit Teachers' Resources to learn more about obtaining funding for your school to participate in a museum school program, tour, or school outreach program.

School Tours

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum provides school tours and programs that bring the African American experience to life through interactive exhibits, artifacts and activities designed for young learners. School tours align with Maryland State Standards for social studies, language arts and fine arts, and complement curriculum lessons from An African American Journey: A Resource for Learning the History of African Americans in Maryland and the United States created in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education.

Guided docent tours are available to school groups of 10– 60 students. Self guided tours accommodates school group up to 250 and come with a museum overview and gallery activity. Learn more about the Theme Tours that are available. The museum also schedules joint tours with some of the area museums in downtown Baltimore if your school wishes to visit several museums during a field trip outing. Learn more about the Joint Tours that are available.

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School Programs

Journey in History Theater

Journey in History Theater  offers living history and theatrical performances that highlight prominent African Americans in the museum’s galleries. Morning presentations, can be scheduled Wednesday-Friday at 10:30 am. The Museum requests at least 1-2 week notice to schedule a performance.   A minimum of 50 students is required to schedule this program.  Admission fee is $5 per person.

To secure a reservation for Journey in History Theater a 25% deposit is required.  Full payment is due two weeks in advance of the scheduled performance.  A written cancellation must be received 4 weeks before the performance to receive a refundable deposit.  

Learn more about the Journey in History Theater programs that are available.



Freedom Hour: Pre-School

Pre school groups, ages 3-5, are welcome to participate in Freedom Hour, where younger children hear a story, see museum artifacts and create an art project.  Space is limited to 40 children. Admission fee is $3 per child. 

Learn more about the Freedom Hour programs that are available.

School Outreach: Living History to Go

Schools can schedule living history programs at their sites through the Living History to Go program which brings to life stories and events that are part of African American history. Costumed history performers will engage students with props, artifacts and interactive activities in a 45 minute performance.  This program is suitable for grades K-8.  The program cost is $325 for one presentation and $275 for a second performance scheduled for the same day.

Learn more about the Living History To Go programs that are available.