Bronzeville Children's Museum

The Bronzeville Children's Museum is the first and only African American children's museum in the country. The museum is named after Bronzeville, where African Americans settled in Chicago after coming from the south. Every exhibit is sure to inspire children with a healthy message and can also be scheduled for a tour. They can learn about healthy eating, see the gallery of African American inventors, landmarks and famous people who came from Bronzeville, or take the “STEM” tour and see how the world is surrounded by science, technology, engineering, and math.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 9301 Stoney Island Ave., Chicago, IL 60617. Tel: 773-721-9301. Email: bronzvlle@aol.com. Website: www.bronzevillechildrensmuseum.com. Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 10AM-2PM.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: K-3rd. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-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.