Take a Field Trip to the Museum

Old Colony History Museum is an excellent and unique place to explore your local history, a history that is always present. Our archives and library have over 13,000 items that can be used to inspire your students to explore their history. The Museum offers interactive and engaging educational programming designed to inspire your students to be curious about history and exercise their critical thinking skills. Our school programs are a great option to re-enforce the Massachusetts Education Standards for History and Social Studies!

We invite you to come to us, or we can come to you! For more details and advanced reservations call us at 508.822.1622.

School Programs

Let’s Map

Through a series of hands-on activities the Let’s Map! field trip program helps students to explore the history that surrounds them every day. Students will evaluate the different types of historical and geographical information that one can gather through close study of Taunton maps. Students analyze various maps from the earliest days of Taunton to the present.

Upon completion of this program, students should have a general knowledge of how the city of Taunton has grown and changed over the last three centuries. They should understand that the landmarks they see in their daily lives, the roads they normally travel, and the land that they inhabit is the same land that has been used by people just like them for hundreds of years. They will also have a general knowledge of the importance of maps and how they are used.

This program is designed for students in grades 3-5.

Beyond Browsing

Join us at the Museum for a two-part field trip. Students will be split into 2 main groups, and one group will be lead on the Liberty & Union Walking Tour (approx 1 mile) through Downtown Taunton. The other group will enjoy a lesson on object analysis and critical thinking. Next, they’ll head to the second floor for an exploration of objects associated with the raising of the Liberty and Union flag, Taunton’s Revolutionary War experience, and prominent local figures from the mid to late 1700s.

The program is designed for students in grade 7.

Museum Without Walls

Can’t make it to the Museum? No problem!

While we love to host school groups at the museum, we understand it isn’t always possible to plan a field trip. If you are unable to bring your class to the Old Colony History Museum but still would like to incorporate this experience into your curriculum, don’t worry, we can come to you! A limited number of educational programs are offered through our Museum Without Walls program.

Give us a call at 508.822.1622 for details.

“The museum is small, but child-friendly, with a wide variety of artifacts that offer glimpses of the past that are connected to the local area and a staff that makes the stories of these artifacts come alive. The volunteers that led our tour definitely enriched our experience with their deep knowledge of little-known facts and their obvious passion for connecting people to the past.”
Online review
“An amazing look at local history and life!”
“I had no idea that Taunton’s history was as rich and fascinating as it is. Everyone who lives in the city should come and learn about how amazing their hometown is!”
Museum visitor

Engaging educators will utilize hands on activities, and interactive displays to immerse your students in the rich history of Taunton, Massachusetts. Watch as history comes to life at the Old Colony History Museum!