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Field Trips

Educational programs are tailored for students in grades K5-12, providing an up-close encounter with the past. Education staff and trained docents take students on a journey through our history. Programs align with South Carolina Social Studies standards. The following Time Travel programs are suggested for the grades listed but are able to be adjusted for your class needs.

Each program consists of two parts:

  • The History Lab provides hands-on experiences that explore historical topics.
  • The Exhibit encourages students to investigate oral histories, artifacts, and primary sources.
  • Our Community:Investigate artifacts, photographs and maps illustrating Greenville’s history as we explore how our community has changed with time. (SC Social Studies Standards: 2-1, 2-3, 2-4)
  • Digging Our History: Unearth the connection between archaeology and history with a mini “dig” to find artifacts left behind by Native Americans. (SC Social Studies Standards: 3-1, 3-2, 4-2)
  • Our Stars & Stripes: Compare patriots and loyalists during the American Revolution as we learn about the founding of our nation. Learn the history of our flag, the important battles and key figures from South Carolina. (SC Social Studies Standards: 2-2, 3-3, 4-3)
  • Our Ripple Effect: Explore the history of the Reedy River. Learn how the river was used and abused, and how starting in the 1970’s a group of local environmentalist changed the rivers path for the better. (Available for K-12 with SC Social Studies Standards: K-1, K-4, 2-1, 2-4, 5-3, 5-6)
  • Our Road to UnionAnalyze the turbulent times of the mid-1800s through artifacts and images. Identify the social, political and fiscal concerns of South Carolina in the years leading up to the Civil War. (SC Social Studies Standards: 3-3, 3-4, 4-3, 4-4, 4-6)
  • Training Our Soldiers: Examine artifacts from World War II to learn more about life on the home front. (SC Social Studies Standards: 3-5, 5-1, 5-3, 5-4, 8-6)
  • Civil Rights: Our Protests & Prayers: Listen to the oral histories of the student activists who led protests here in Greenville County. Create brochure biographies of the activists that took a stand against inequality. (SC Social Studies Standards: 5-1, 5-3, 5-5, 8-5, 8-6, 8-7)

Down the Rabbit Hole: Imagining Alice’s Wonderland

Designed for all grade levels, this program will invite visitors down the rabbit hole to discover an immersive, enchanted world that draws together a remarkable collection of Alice in Wonderland materials. Programs include a guided tour of the exhibition and STEAM challenge stations that will keep your students engaged.

Open now through October 20, 2019.


Love a Vet: Honoring our Military Veterans

Designed for middle and high school-age campers, this program will encourage visitors to appreciate the sacrifices made by veterans and their families while educating them on the challenging issues that veterans face upon their re-entry into civilian life.

Open now through January 5, 2019.


Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined

Throughout the nineteenth century as Americans pushed west toward the Pacific, they were fascinated by westward expansion in North America. Printed imagery played an important role in the dissemination of knowledge and understanding about the West and its inhabitants. Imprinting the West explores the potent imagery of 48 works of art that examine westward expansion. Whether real or imagined, these images and the exhibition examine the birth of the West as an idea in American popular culture.

August 31, 2019 – February 16, 2020


Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost

Under the Arctic will invite visitors to explore real Ice Age fossils, ancient ice cores, climate change, and engineering challenges posed by thawing permafrost. This immersive STEM exhibition transports visitors to the Arctic using the sights and smells of the world’s only permafrost research tunnel. Under the Arctic has a special emphasis on reaching audiences ages 9-14, as they step into the shoes of climate science researchers and learn about many, diverse STEM-based careers.

September 21, 2019 – January 12, 2020



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Need help funding your field trip? Ask about our school scholarships. Limited funding is available to assist with admission and transportation.