• Girl colouring in a patchwork design


Discover the American Museum’s collections with a fun, interactive session led by our friendly and experienced learning team.

  • Fun, hands-on sessions
  • Artefact handling
  • Linked to the national curriculum
  • 2hour 30min morning sessions

‘They were thoroughly engaged throughout the whole session and I, as with the children, learned so much about this topic’ — KS2 teacher, American West

They really enjoyed handling the artefacts and learning about the topic in such a hands on way’ — KS1 teacher, Native Americans: As Varied as the Land


Learning Sessions

Learning sessions take place in the mornings and last for 2 hours 30mins (with a break), we recommend arriving at 9.45am for a 10am-12.30pm session.

During the session, 1 hour will be spent in the Museum and 1 hour will be spent either handling artefacts or taking part in art activities in our education space (depending on your session choice).

You are very welcome to stay for lunch in our undercover picnic area, and visit the rest of the Museum and gardens self-led in the afternoon.


Native Americans: as Varied as the Land

Discover the diversity of Native American peoples and discover how different tribes adapted to their natural environment by examining art, tools, and clothing.

Curriculum Links: Geography, history

Cost: £120 per class (c.30 pupils)


American West

Learn to discern fact from fiction as you use artefacts to uncover the history of the American West.  Handle artefacts used by cowboys, Native Americans, pioneers and gold miners.

Curriculum Links: Geography, history

Cost: £120 per class (c.30 pupils)


England and the Colonisation of America

What was life like for early colonists in America? Find out about the journeys made by settlers and explorers, and their daily lives in the New World.

Curriculum Links: History

Cost: £120 per class (c.30 pupils)


Native American Art

Explore the Museum’s Native American objects, from totem poles to feast spoons, beaded moccasins to kachina dolls.  Learn about the people that made these objects, and create your own art work to take back to school.

Curriculum Links: Art and Design, geography, history

Cost: £130 per class (c.30 pupils)


Extraordinary Artists

The Museum’s folk art gallery is full of art made by extraordinary, ordinary people. Explore playful, engaging art and sculpture and hone your drawing skills.

Curriculum Links: Art and Design

Cost: £120 per class (c.30 pupils)


Textile Traditions

Discover the Museum’s famous collection of quilts, Navajo blankets, rugs, and samplers. Take a closer look at our textile handling collection and create your own piece of weaving.

Curriculum Links: Art and Design

Cost: £130 per class (c.30 pupils)


2017 Learning Dates:

Tuesday – Friday, 18 March – 29 October

Tuesday – Friday, 23 November – 17 December

If your required date falls outside of this period, please get in touch to see if we can arrange an outreach session at your school.

Tours and Self-led Visits

We also offer morning tours of the period rooms (before 11.15am) and self-led visits during regular museum opening times, booking is essential.

Please get in touch to book on 01225 820866 or use our contact form.