Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

Explore the power and importance of architecture at the Branch House. Completed in 1919, the Tudor Revival house is filled with distinctive features that make it an important historical and cultural landmark. The House That Pope Built, the permanent exhibit, includes photographs and other media focusing on the house’s inspiration, design, architect, patron, and setting on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue. Learn about the house’s interiors and the Branch family during a tour. Tours typically cover the first 2 floors of the home, but a specialized tour can offer a more in-depth look at the house.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 2501 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220. City of Richmond. Tel: 804-644-3041. Email: sball@branchmuseum.org. Website: www.branchmuseum.org. Hrs: Tues.-Fri. 10AM-5PM, Weekends 1PM-5PM.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45-90 minutes. 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.