Interviews with Museum visitors have dramatically proven that
visitors want an opportunity to interact with knowledgeable
staff and volunteers. The Education Division has developed
a slate of programs to satisfy and engage curious visitors.
Discovery Stations are mobile carts that contain “touchable”
objects that help explain a particular artifact or concept
with an interactive-hands-on approach. Staff can move these
carts to appropriate areas or galleries within the Museum.
Family Days are day-long, museum-wide events that engage thousands
of visitors in a variety of activities, such as meet-the-expert,
story time, art, music, and demonstrations. Family Days can
attract 10,000 to 50,000 visitors to the museum.
Family Programs Guide
This annual publication highlights museum programs that are
of special interest to families with school-age children.
Our Museum partners with numerous schools to foster and motivate
student learning in science and technology as well as real-world
problem-solving. We capture students’ interests with
our aircraft and spacecraft and urge them to investigate
the people and events behind the artifacts to better understand
the history of our modern world.
Our Explainers are students trained to conduct programs and
interact with visitors to “explain” or interpret
the artifact collection. In addition to positive engagement
with visitors it provides mentored, professional work experience
for high school and college students.
School Program Guide
This annual publication provides teachers with all the information
they need to know in order to prepare plans in advance for
a school fieldtrip to the Museum.
With colorful images on the front and lesson plans on the back, teaching posters
can be useful resources for teachers to prepare their classes before a fieldtrip.
Current technology makes it possible to bring Museum resources
to “virtual visitors” across the country on a
regular basis. Virtual Visits – live, two-way videoconferences
between museum staff or volunteers and students; E-Curators
Choice – two-way videoconferences including museum curators;
and Electronic Field Trips – satellite broadcasts with
simultaneous web casts that consist of hour-long programs
– all aid to interactively engage students and the public
nationwide with the museum. Our Education Web Site, Lecture
Broadcasts and Teacher E-Newsletter all contain numerous online
activities used in conjunction with a museum virtual or physical
visit to acquaint students with the Museum’s collection.
Daily docent-led tours of the Museum are available. They
can be either a Museum highlights tour or a topical tour focusing
on a specific interest, such as World War II.