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The Tallahassee Museum is located on Tallahassee's southwest side of town on the shores of beautiful Lake Bradford. Free parking is available.

 

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Programs

Come Visit Us, or Let Us Come to You!

Our education team offers a variety of enriching programs for your group.  Aligned with, but not exclusive to Florida’s State Standards, our programs hit the benchmarks necessary for adding that special touch to your lesson plan.  Pre-K programs are between 30-45 minutes in length. All other programs are 45-60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

All program fees are for groups of 25 individuals, with up to 10 additional individuals at $5 per person. Group numbers must not exceed 35 total individuals. We are unable to accommodate more than 35 individuals in a single program. To best accommodate you, we ask that you finalize your total number of participants with us no less than 3 business days prior to your program. 

Pre-K Museum Experiences

All Pre-K Museum Experiences are only offered at the Museum and are $50 per program

Animal Hunt- We’ll pass out the binoculars and head down the Wild Florida Trail! Your group will go on a scavenger hunt and look for furry, feathered, and scaly friends!

Animals On the Farm- Enjoy this guided tour to learn what our animals eat and what foods they produce.  We will sing songs, rhyme, and have a great time!

Story with an Animal

Early Childhood literacy is the story of the day! In this set of programs one of our educators will read one of the following stories to your group, and will use a live animal to help deliver the story’s message.
All Story with an Animal programs are $40 per program at the Museum/$50 at your site.  Prices apply to programs within 30 miles round-trip of the museum. A fee of $.37 per mile is applied to additional miles. 

Pre-K Story Options:
There’s an Opossum in My Backyard -By Gary Bogue ● The Little Island -By Margaret Wise Brown ● Izzie Lizzie Alligator -By James Melvin ● Nighttime -By Alastair Smith ● Armadillo’s Orange -By Jim Arnosky

Museum Experiences for K-5th grade

All Museum Experiences are only offered at the Museum and are $50 per program

Down on the Farm (K-3rd grade) It’s time for chores but it won’t be a bore! An educator in period attire will give your group a hands on history lesson comparing family life and cultures of past and present. Churn and taste butter, try household chores, or get dirty in the garden! K. SS.K.A.1; 1st SS.1.A.1 2nd SS.2.A.1 3rdSS.3.A.1

Habitat Hunt (1st-3rd grade) – What is a habitat? What is needed for survival? Take your group on a scavenger hunt to explore the necessary items within a habitat. Students will also have a chance to meet one of our inhabitants! 1st SC.1.L.14, SC.1.L.17, 2nd SC.2.L.14, SC.2.L.17 3rd SC.3.L.17

A Drop in the Bucket (3rd-4th grade) – Get ready to explore water! We’ll dive into the water cycle, and learn why water is so important to living creatures.  Students will have a blast using dip nets to explore along the shore of one of our lakes.  Students will also have an encounter with a wetland critter. Please know that shoes may get wet and muddy during this program. Program may be modified in the event of drought conditions. 3rd SC.3.N.1, SC.3.L.17, 4th: SC.4.N.1, SC.4.L.17

A Child’s life in the 1880s (3rd-5th grade) – Start at the school house and journey to the farm! You’ll see it all, this program is 2hours long! What were the responsibilities at school and at home? Your educator will be wearing their 1880s best! This program is $100. 3rd:SS.3.A.1;4th: SS.4.A.1, SS.4.A.2; LAFS.3.RF.4.4; LAFS.3.RI.1.3; 5th SS.5.A.1; LAFS.5.RF.4.4

Mammals, Reptiles, and Birds: Would you like an animal combo? This program has it all.  We will discover common characteristics as well as explore differences between groups. An encounter with at least one of these critters will help students to compare and contrast between them. 4th SC.4.N.1, SC.4.L.17 5th SC.5.N.1, SC.5.L.15

Night Creatures (4th-5th grade) – Hunting and foraging at night is very different than during the day! Get ready for a fascinating discussion about heightened senses, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of nocturnal species.  We will use two of our education animals as an example! You’ll have a hooting good time! 4th SC.4.N.1, SC.4.L.17 5th SC.5.N.1, SC.5.L.15

Museum Experiences for Any Age Group

All Museum Experiences are only offered at the Museum and are $50 per program. The following programs may be modified for any age group. 

Florida Wildlife Tour: Every day is different on the trail! We invite your group to take a guided tour with us!  We will share fun facts, stories, and answer questions for you about Florida’s native wildlife.

Big Bend Farm Tour: Get ready to explore the farm buildings, farm animals, and the past! An educator will greet you in period appropriate attire as your group is guided through the 1880s farmstead.

Historic Buildings Tour: This tour includes the Bellevue Plantation house, the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church and the Concord School. Your group will learn the fascinating history of each of these buildings, as well as some of the stories of the people who used them.

Group Night Prowl: This special group program is only offered in the evening. Groups will head down the Florida Wildlife trail at night to observe the nighttime behaviors of the animals on our trail. Guides will be located throughout the trail to help your group find animals in the habitats. Guests will have an up close encounter with one of Florida’s native critters.  $175 for 25 people or less, up to 24 additional people at $5 per person. $350 for 50 people, up to 400 people at $5 per person.

Travelling Programs

Travelling programs are $75 at your site, unless otherwise noted. Prices apply to programs within 30 miles round-trip of the museum. Any additional miles will be $.37 per mile.

Mammals, Reptiles, and Birds: Would you like an animal combo? This program has it all.  We will discover common characteristics as well as explore differences between groups. An encounter with at least one of these critters will help students to compare and contrast between them.

Night Creatures (4th-5th grade) – Hunting and foraging at night is very different than during the day! Get ready for a fascinating discussion about heightened senses, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of nocturnal species.  We will use two of our education animals as an example! You’ll have a hooting good time! 4th SC.4.N.1, SC.4.L.17 5th SC.5.N.1, SC.5.L.15

Auditorium Program at your site

In this program, a minimum of two educators and a variety of 5 animals will come to your site and offer an exciting, interactive animal show to your group. Engaging activities will pique the interest of all your students! This program is $350, and 90 minutes in length. Serves an audience of up to 200 students.

Special Programs

African American History Day – February 2, 2017

The Bellevue House, Concord School House, and the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church will provide your group the opportunity to take a step back in time as you discover strength and diversity while learning about Big Bed history through hands-on activities.  Activities will include reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, tours of historic plantation buildings, candle dipping, and an up close look at period collections pieces. This program is $75.

Spring Farm Days – March 2 & 3, 2017

The focus of this year’s Spring Farm Days will be on food ways during that period. Students will taste tour the farm gardens, make butter, grind corn, and tour the plants and animals of the 1880s farmstead.  This program is $75.

Scheduling

Program fee: Payment must be received upon booking in order to secure a date and time for your program. Check, cash, credit card, or purchase order are accepted.

Admission fee: May be paid upon arrival. Admission waived for 1 adult chaperone per 10 children.

Cancellations: A refund of the program fee, minus a $25 processing fee will be issued to groups canceling up to two business days (Monday- Friday) prior to the program.

Scheduling Changes: We understand  that changes arise in scheduling and therefore allow for one change in date and time no less than 2 weeks prior to a reservation. A $25 processing fee for program date/time change is applied to any change made in addition to the allowed change, or one that is less than 2 weeks prior.

To schedule a program for your site, or at the Museum, please fill out the online registration form.

For additional information, email registrations@tallahasseemuseum.org, or call 850.575.8684 ext. 141.

Home School

We are excited to announce that our 2016-2017 Home School schedule is now up on our event calendar!

This year our home school programs are 2 hours in length and offer exciting themes and engaging activities.  Home school programs will occur once per month per grade level, unless otherwise noted.  Once children are signed in with the instructor, if a parent wishes to stay, they must pay admission to the Museum. Members pay no admission.

High School Home School & Middle School combined programs are being launched this year!  Be sure to check them out with your age- appropriate child and share with others.