Learn About the Museum
LEARN ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Lewis Museum offers several Guided or Self-Guided themed tour options for K-12 school groups. Students will encounter heroes, leaders and everyday citizens that contributed to the rich fabric of Maryland African American history and culture. Museum themed tours align with State Curriculum Standards and complement lessons from An African American Journey: A Resource for Learning the History of African Americans in Maryland and the United States developed by the Maryland State Department of Education.
Guided tours are offered for groups of 10 to 60 students and last 90 minutes. Guided tours are available Monday, Thursday-Friday at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
COVID – 19 Update: Education guided tours are limited to 20 – 25 students per visit. For slightly larger group accommodations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
SELF GUIDED TOURS
Self-guided tours are also available to school groups (up to 100 students per visit) and come with a museum overview and gallery activity sheet. Gallery activity sheets are designed to explore the exhibits using observation and critical thinking skills. These gallery sheets can be obtained when scheduling a field trip.
COVID – 19 Update: Education self tours are limited to 50 students per visit. For slightly larger group accommodations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Heritage (Grades: 3-12)
Experience the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Maryland’s African American community by connecting with individuals, places, and traditions that spans over 300 years.
- Paths to Freedom (Grades: 4-12)
Explore the story of slavery through the eyes of enslaved and free blacks from Maryland’s colonial past through the end of the Civil War.
- The Fight for Justice (Grades: 4-12)
Examine the contributions made by Maryland African Americans during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement in the battle for equality.
ADDITIONAL TOUR OFFERINGS
Exhibition Tours & Studio Art Activity
School groups can tour our latest special exhibitions and participate in a studio art experience or scavenger hunt. Tours and studios are free for Title 1 schools and schools with Free Lunch Programs.
COVID – 19 Update: Studio art activities are postponed until further notice. The museum can provide a scavenger hunt upon request.
- Tour Men of Change with a gallery scavenger hunt. This exhibit can be paired with other exhibitions.
- Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. serves as metaphor for the thousands of significant African American men who are rendered invisible by a society that does not quite know how to see them. Through literary and historic quotes, poetry, original works of art, dramatically back-lit photographs, the creation of a dynamic space that encourages self-reflection, and exhibition text written with a vibrant 21st century cadence, this innovative exhibition weaves together the historical and the contemporary to illuminate the importance of these men, within the context of rich community traditions.
- Men of Change highlights men—including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B Du Bois and Kendrick Lamar—whose journeys have altered the history and culture of the country through politics, sports, science, entertainment, business and religion. The achievements of the men are situated within the legacy and traditions of the African American journey — achievements of excellence in spite of society’s barriers. The men’s names are insinuated in a landscape of names and faces all echoing the story of becoming your best self.
Field Trip Experience: Now through January 29, 2022 through August 14, 2022
Duration: 45 minutes
- Tour Tell Our Story: A Tribute to Robert Houston with a gallery scavenger hunt. This exhibit can be paired with other exhibitions.
- Tell Our Story, A Tribute to Robert Houston is an assemblage of photographs and photographers whose narratives are grounded in empathy yet focused on contemporary social commentary. Houston’s sense of humanity is seen through various portraitures and expands into the photo documentation of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign and Resurrection City where he lived for six weeks documenting the daily lives and activities he saw on the National Mall.
- Devin Allen, Dee Dwyer and J.M. Giordano, photographers from Baltimore and Washington, DC, narrates the importance of community and crafting an image as a social statement. Their contributed images document the beauty and struggle of everyday life, the 2018 Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, the Freddie Gray uprising and Black Lives Matter protests in Baltimore and Washington, DC.
- Grades: 3-12
Field Trip Experience: Now through January 3, 2022
Duration: 45 minutes
JOINT MUSUEM TOURS
Visit the Reginald F. Lewis Museum through a joint tour with the Jewish Museum of Maryland or the Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum. Please inquire about this option when making your reservation.
HOME SCHOOL GROUPS
The Museum welcomes homeschool groups to participate in the museum’s school programs which can include a tour, art project and living history performance. Activities are designed to serve small homeschool co-op groups or individual homeschool families. A minimum number of ten students will be required to be eligible for group rates. To schedule this program, contact Group Reservations at 443-263-1852.
- School Tours – $7 per student (Group Rate of 10 or more students)
- Studio Art Activities– $2 per student
- Joint Tours– $9 per student
- Education Programs– Please see this page for other offerings and fees
Financial Assistance is available for free admission and bus transportation for Title I schools through the museum’s Children’s Access Program (CAP). Limited funds are also available for other schools including those with free/reduced meal plans. To inquire about financial assistance please contact 443-263-1852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bus Transportation Guidelines
- A minimum number of 25 students is required to receive bus assistance. Schools will be responsible for the cost of the bus if f you bring less than the minimum. COVID-19 Update: The minimum number will be adjusted due to tour size reduction.
- We can only provide assistance for two buses per museum visit.
- Schools are responsible for the cost of the bus if field trips are canceled with less than 48 hours’ notice.
Plan your field trip at least three weeks in advance as museum tours fill quickly. School group reservation requests must be presented in writing using a reservation form or by calling (443) 263-1852 and/ or email@example.com. A printed confirmation letter will be mailed to you (or faxed, if requested) in seven to ten days.
To make a reservation, please have the following information handy:
- School name, contact information, district, and grade level
- Lead teacher’s name, phone number, and email address
- Preferred and alternate dates and arrival times for visit
- Estimated number of students, teachers, and chaperones (1 adult per 10 students)
- Lunch plans (The museum no longer has a cafe and has limited space to accommodate brown bag lunches. Please inquire about additional food service options.)
- Any special needs