Seneca Schoolhouse Museum

Bring your campers to the Seneca Schoolhouse Museum to enjoy the “back in time” experience of a typical school day in 1880 Seneca, Maryland. A carefully researched 19th century school day program is taught by a trained and costumed teacher and gives time for lunch and outdoor games. The program is designed for fourth graders, but can be tailored to any age. Once your field trip date is set, you will receive an orientation with background materials, as well as, a historically accurate identity for each participant.
 
Contact Info
Address: 16800 River Road, Poolesville, MD 20837. Montgomery. Tel: 301-407-0777. Email: info@historicmedley.org. Website: www.historicmedley.org/visit/seneca-schoolhouse. Hrs: Weekdays, 10AM - 2PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Activities, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 4 hrs. 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.