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 Wednesday-Friday at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
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.
- 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. Tours and studios are free for Title 1 schools and schools with Free Lunch Programs.
- Self-tour EMPOWERED!: Black Action Figures, Superheroes and Collectibles with a gallery scavenger hunt. This exhibit can be paired with other exhibitions.
- Blade. Storm. Black Lighting. Their powers are more than out of this world. These superheroes with black and brown faces reflected many who were searching for a hero who looked like them. In our new exhibition, visitors will explore this limited collection of figures played by black actors in starring roles as hero… and the occasional super villain. The action figures cover the expansive world of pop culture from Star Wars and Star Trek to Marvel and DC Comics.
Field Trip Experience: Now through February 23, 2020
Duration: 45 minutes
- Tour our special exhibition Elizabeth Catlett: Artist as Activist featuring more than 40 prints and sculptures of the African American experience in the 20th century. Students will see works that reflect themes on social injustice, historical figures (Frederick Douglass/Harriet Tubman), women and maternal relationships. A printmaking studio art experience will be paired with this tour.
Grades: 3 -12
Field Trip Experience: October 30, 2019 through February 28, 202
Duration: 90 minutes
- Tour Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake which tells the stories of nine servants and slaves who tried to escape from forced servitude between 1728 and 1864. Each of the mannequin displays represents an actual individual’s story, but each also tells part of a larger experience shared by thousands of bound workers who lived and labored in the Chesapeake region. School groups can tour Freedom Bound and see a living history presentation of one of the runaway servants stories performed by Morgan Theatre students.
Field Trip Experience: April 11, 2020 through June 12, 2020
Duration: 90 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 – $4 per student (Group Rate of 10 or more students)
- Studio Art Activities– $2 per student
- Joint Tours– $6-$7 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 443-2621852 or email@example.com.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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