Swedish American Museum

The Swedish American Museum has an exhibit gallery with 4 exhibits each year, and a permanent exhibit focusing on immigration to Chicago in the late 1800s. The third floor is home to the Brunk Children’s Museum, where exciting activities let children experience immigration firsthand. In the replica Swedish farmhouse (or stuga), they can milk a cow and bring in firewood. On a 20-ft. immigrant steamship, they can learn about immigration to America and pioneer life in a log cabin. See clothes from the past, discover “push and pull” reasons for immigrating, and more.
Contact Info 
Address: 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640. Cook County. Tel: 773-728-8111. Email: museum@samac.org. Website: www.swedishamericanmuseum.org. Hrs: Mon.-Fri. 10AM-4PM, Sat. & Sun. 11AM-4PM.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: PreK-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.