Alexandria Black History Museum

Dig deeper into black history at the Alexandria Black History Museum. Exhibits at the museum aim to promote appreciation, tolerance and understanding of all cultures. The Alexandria Black History Museum is also the site of Alexandria African American Heritage Park. Groups can see exhibits on slavery, learn about development of African cultures in Virginia, and view portraits of notable figures in black history. The museum’s collections feature dolls, Bible and communion items from one of Alexandria’s oldest African American churches, and more. Educational programs teach groups about genealogy and Civil Rights history.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314. City of Alexandria Tel: 703-746-4356. Email: black.history@alexandriava.org. Website: www.alexandriava.gov/BlackHistory. Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 10AM-4PM.  
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: K-6th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. 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.