Edwardsville Children's Museum

A hands-­on museum where children interact, explore, and have fun in diverse exhibit spaces including the City Library, City Police Department with Crime Lab, Agriculture Education Garden, and others. Children can play in the credit union vault, deliver mail throughout the museum, create plays with puppets and instruments, shop in the market, discover great books, navigate on a virtual flight system, and more. Self-guided and guided field trip programs are available, with themes for guided trips, such as Everyday Objects as Art. Programs available for scouts on topics such as animal habitats, cooking, gardening, and landscape painting.
 
Contact Info
Address: 722 Holyoake Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Madison County. Tel: 618-692-2094. Email: education@edwardsvillechildrensmuseum.org. Website: www.edwardsvillechildrensmuseum.org. Hrs: Tues., Fri., & Sat. 10AM - 6PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-5th. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Fee.

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.