Casemate Museum

The Casemate Museum is located in Fort Monroe, a military installation that was completed in 1834 to protect the Hampton Roads waterway from enemy attack. Held by Union forces during the Civil War, the fort is the largest stone fort in the United States. The Casemate Museum will bring Civil War history to life through a tour of the room where Confederate president Jefferson Davis was imprisoned after the war, exhibits about the history of US Army Coast Artillery Corps, and information highlighting controversial Major General Butler’s Contraband of War Decision. Groups should call to schedule a tour at least two weeks in advance. 
 
Contact Info
Address: 20 Bernard Rd, Hampton, VA 23651. City of Hampton. Tel: 757-788-3391. Email: DNelson@fmauthority.com. Website: www.fmauthority.com/visit/casemate-museum. Hrs: rs: Mon.-Sun. 10:30AM-4:30PM Memorial Day to Labor Day, Tues.-Sun. 10:30AM-4:30PM rest of year.  
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: 3rd-College. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Free/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.