Not just a visit to another Museum, our education programs truly get your students involved in our work.

Elementary School Programs

Younger students learn best when they are asked to participate. Our Workshops and Colonial Living Days Programs help young visitors experience what it was like to live in Colonial times.

Junior Colonial Living Days (grades 1-4)

Allow your young students to experience history for themselves, with a variety of fun, hands-on activities. Throughout the day, your students may:

  • Don colonial clothing and learn about the wardrobe of a colonial child
  • Smell and touch herbs commonly used for housekeeping, while hand-making sachets to bring home
  • Hear about the day in the life of a militia man from a local Revolutionary War participant
  • Try out some colonial games, including hoops and graces
  • Participate in a mock one-room school house demonstration – careful not to get the dunce cap!

Cost: $7 per child; 90 minute program. There is a 30 student minimum requirement to book Junior Colonial Living Days program.

Letters To a Young Nation (grades K-2)

Travel back in time with the three youngest members of the Gilman Family and find out what it was like to grow up during the American Revolution. See history through the eyes of the Gilman children, view early American currency and create a scrapbook by using museum images and your own thoughts. Cost: $5 per child; 75 minute program.

Colonial History Day at the Museum (grades 2-4)

Make a full day of your visit and enjoy both activities above! Cost: $10 per child; two 90 minute programs with a break in between for on-grounds lunch.

Booking Information

We recommend 1 adult chaperone per each 6 children. Additional adults beyond the 1:6 ratio are $5 each. One-on-one aides are free. If you’re interested in our programs, please contact our Education Manager Abigail Pietrantonio at education@independencemuseum.org or at 603-772-2622 for more information and so that we may reserve your space today – we book up to one year in advance!

Middle School Programs

Our Workshops and Colonial Living Days Programs help our children experience what it was like to live in Colonial times.

Colonial Living Days

Colonial Living Days provides students with the opportunity to use all their senses to really understand what it was like to live in colonial America. Throughout the day, students will learn from trained re-enactors who provide inside glimpses into various facets of everyday colonial life.  Some examples of activities include:

  • Participate in a spinning demonstration and learn about the flax to linen process
  • Smell and touch medicinal herbs and learn about colonial medicine from our midwife
  • View weapons and hear stories from the Revolutionary War with a militia man
  • Learn about the resources and supplies for Revolutionary encampments and pitch a tent
  • Try out writing with a quill pen and understand how children their age learned in colonial times

Cost: $7 per child; 90 minute program.

There is a 30 student minimum requirement to book the Colonial Living Days program

Roots of Revolution – Patriot or Loyalist? – NEWLY UPDATED!

What were the deep-seated grievances and radical ideas that set us on the road to rebellion? What strategies did the colonists employ to resist British tyranny? At the time of the American Revolution, the patriot cause was radical and the outcome uncertain.

Would you have had the courage and wisdom to side with the patriots against the most powerful nation on earth, a decision that might lead to a charge of treason? Recreate the temper of the times through local characters that argued passionately on both sides and decide for yourself if you will take the Oath.

Cost: $5 per child; 90 minute program.

Colonial History Day at the Museum

Make a full day of your visit and enjoy both activities above!

Cost: $10 per child; two 90 minute programs with a break in between for on-grounds lunch.

Booking Information

We recommend 1 adult chaperone per each 6 children. Additional adults beyond the 1:6 ratio are $5 each. One-on-one aides are free.

If you’re interested in our programs, please contact our Education Manager Abby Pietrantonio at 603-772-2622 for more information. Reserve your space today – we book up to one year in advance!

High School Programs

Older students learn valuable new ways to interpret history and are given glimpses into professions such as museum work, teaching, conservation, and more.


Students as Tour Guides

Make your students’ trip to the museum memorable by making them be the tour guide!  When the roles are reversed and students become the tour guides, it gives them a unique opportunity to learn history from a different perspective.  It also allows them to learn valuable skills in research, presentation preparation and public speaking.

Assign students an object in the museum ahead of time, and then let them present their research findings to the class on the day of your visit.  Our Education manager can assist the teacher with any materials needed in advance of this lesson.

Cost: $5 per child; 60-90 minute program.


Custom Guided Tour

Contact us to arrange a custom experience for your group!  Is there a particular topic you are trying to teach, but feel that students would be much more engaged if they could experience it in person?  With our unique collections, we can definitely help.


Booking Information

We recommend 1 adult chaperone per each 6 students. Additional adults beyond the 1:6 ratio are $5 each. One-on-one aides are free. If you’re interested in our programs, please contact our Education Manager Abby Pietrantonio at 603-772-2622 for more information. Reserve your space today – we book up to one year in advance!

Homeschool Programs

With advance notice, you can request a date to bring your students to the museum. The Education Manager will provide you with the lesson plan(s) for the program(s) you choose and set out program materials in the museum. When you arrive, you then lead your students through the program. With this new concept, you can bring your students to the museum for programming, without having to book a large group. Lesson plans are available for the following:*

  • Letters to a Young Nation
  • Roots of the Revolution: Patriot or Loyalist?
  • Students as Tour Guides*Please note that lesson plans and materials are property of the American Independence Museum and cannot be reproduced in any part without permission.Cost: $3.00 per student, $6.00 per adult, free for children under two. (slightly different from museum pricing)
    Location: Ladd-Gilman House, One Governors Lane, Exeter, NH

The museum offers several options for students to learn and experience what it was like to live in colonial times

Colonial Living Days

Colonial Living Days provides students with the opportunity to use all their senses to really understand what it was like to live in colonial America. Throughout the day, students will learn from trained re-enactors who provide glimpses into various facets of everyday colonial life. Some examples of activities may include:

  • Don colonial clothing and learn about the wardrobe of a colonial child
  • Smell and touch herbs commonly used for housekeeping, while hand-making sachets to bring home
  • Hear about the day in the life of a militia man from a local Revolutionary War participant
  • Try out some colonial games, including hoops and graces
  • Participate in a mock one-room school house demonstration
  • Hear stories of sailors and maritime adventures
  • Learn about the history behind our American flag

Schedule: 90 minute program, with 4-5 activities
Dates: TBD fall 2017
Location: Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, NH.
​Cost: $7.00 per student, $5.00 per adult. Free for children under two.

​Notes:

  • ​This is not a drop-off program. Parents must accompany children for the duration of the program.
  • Admission for the program must be paid in advance. Payment may be completed either online or at the museum. No refunds will be made unless the Museum cancels the event.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled program for check-in.
  • ​The event will take place rain or shine. Please ask your students to dress appropriately for the weather, as some activities may take place outside.
  • Due to the historic nature of the buildings, the museum is not handicap accessible.
  • Parking is quite limited, so ​carpooling is encouraged. Please do not park in the lot located near the museum (yellow building) and bank or bank parking lot.
  • Please feel free to utilize museum grounds for lunch, but please be sure to take any trash with you.
    The museum is open, should you wish to visit prior to the program. Separate admission fees apply.

Please contact Abby Pietrantonio with any questions, or if you would like to register for this program. Space is limited for the program and pre-registration is required.

 

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