South Shore Children’s Museum

The South Shore Children’s Museum offers a fun and interactive way to learn about United State’s history through interactive exhibits, like the Wild, Wild West. Groups can come and create crafts while discussing social studies topics, before running off to play and learn in the exhibits. With a little imagination, campers will be leading a covered wagon across the prairie, harvesting cranberries, drawing water from a well, hanging clothes to dry on a line, and preparing food for a Native American meal. Programs are an excellent way to learn about westward expansion and the southwest. 
 
Contact Info
Address: 1775 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339. Plymouth County. Tel: 781-206-4955. Website: www.southshorecm.org. Hrs: Tue.-Sun. 10AM-6PM. 
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: Pre-K-2nd. Activity Type: Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 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.