Delaware Agricultural Museum
Delaware Agricultural Museum

Home School Tours  (Grades K-12)

Group size: 45 & under (minimum 15 – adults included)                          

Price: $4 per person        

Length of program: approx. 60-90 Minutes - Your group can stay as long as they like after your program (we open at 10am & close at 3pm).

All of our programs have a minimum of 15 paying participants. If you do not have 15 paying participants, you can still come for a program but you will have to pay for 15 participants.

Since we use volunteers to administer our programs, we need a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice to coordinate. Depending on the time of year, we may be able to get it scheduled a little sooner.

Start time is not the same time as arrival time. We ask that all school groups arrive 15 minutes prior to their start time. When deciding your start time, this means that everyone is here, potty breaks are done and the children are lined up in their designated groups and ready to go at your chosen start time.

With home schools there can be issues with the individual parents arriving late. We ask that the person arranging the field trip tell the parents the start time is 15 minutes prior to the time you have chosen to start. If the parents are driving separately it’s important that you stress to them that the program will start on time with or without them. To be fair to our instructors, we will only start up to 5 minutes late because that means your program will run late and our instructors could have other obligations after the program. If the majority of your group is late and we can’t start on time, we will cut an activity from your program so that we will still end on time. We maintain great volunteers by being respectful of their time and want to keep them happy. We couldn’t do these programs without them.

As far as younger siblings, if they are going to participate (no matter what the age) they should be included in your "paying" participant count. If they are too young to participate and will be visiting the Museum instead, regular visitor admission applies. Admission fees can be found on our home page. If they are too young to participate and tend to be a distraction (or just happen to be that day), we ask that the parents entertain them in another part of the Museum such as our "Touch of History" room.

About 95% of our Museum is stroller/wheelchair accessible.

In order to book a tour, we would need the following information (copy & paste into an email):

   1.  Name, City & State of Home School:

   2.  School phone number (if applicable):

   3.  Person’s Name scheduling the tour:

   4.  Your cell number (in case of emergency - one that you can be reached on the day of the trip):

   5.  Number of students & parents that will be participating (approx.)?

Don't include the parents & children in your count that will be paying regular admission.

   6.  Grade(s) or Ages:

   7.  Any Special Needs:

   8.  Activities (pick 3 from list below):

   9.  Date(s) you would like to come (send 2 or 3)?

   10. Program start time: (10am, 10:30, 11 or 11:30)?

   11. Will you be eating lunch in our indoor picnic area?

   12. Would you like to visit the Gift Shop?

NOTE: Groups under 20 can visit the Gift Shop after their program / Groups over 20 it will be added as another activity IN addition to the 3 you have picked. All purchases will be kept at the front desk until your group is ready to leave. We don’t want any distractions while children are at their designated activities. If they are shopping after their program then they will be able to take their purchases with them.

All activities need to be booked through our online booking form or in writing through email. Once we have all the information we need to book your tour, you will receive your booking packet through email. Please make sure you review it and make sure ALL parents & chaperones get copies of the instructions. Please let us know if you have any questions. Note: Sending the online form does not book your tour. If you don’t hear anything within a few days, please contact us via email at damv@verizon.net.

Again, thanks so much for considering our Museum as part of your Home School’s educational experience. If you have any more questions, please let me know!               

Pick 3 stations from the following list: No Outdoor activities in January & February. Activities are done rain or shine. Larger groups of 40+ please pick 4 activities.

  1) Log Cabin (indoors) – Take a tour through the oldest log house known to be in the US, ca 1700. Your students will discuss the differences between the houses back then compared to the houses today. The cabin is decorated as if it traveled through time to the Museum.

Activity: Items used in everyday living will be passed around such as wooden plates, bowl, and pewter plates, red ware plate, mug and tin mug. They will also step outside the cabin and walk around the corner to the “walk through history” display to our excavation area where kids will be able to sift through the sand to see what they can find.

  2) Dairy Exhibit (indoors) – Visit our dairy exhibit and learn how processing milk has changed over the years. Also learn that a cow has 4 stomachs, how a cow eats & digests his/her food.

Activity: Students will each have a turn at milking our mock cow Lulu.

  3) What Is It? (indoors) – Several antique artifacts have been hand selected from our collection that are no longer used OR have been replaced by a more modern version. The museum has designed these items for education, so they may be handled and touched.

Activity: Students will pick up and look at, figure out what the item might be and guess what its modern equivalent is. How was this item used? Have the students go over each item together after all have had a chance to discover the items. Modern items may only be a picture. Make a simple match game out of the exercise. Are any of these items used today, unchanged?

  4) Visit with a Woodworker (indoors or outdoors) – Students will learn what it was like to “build & fix” things without electric tools. They will learn how to use simple tools such as a hand drill, work horse, spoke shaves & a drawknife.

Activity: Each student will have a chance to sit on a shave horse & shave wood.

  5) Farmhouse (outdoors) – Students will learn what it was like to grow up on a farm without electricity & indoor plumbing in the 1890’s. They will also learn that the children were just as important as adults when it came to chores and tending to the animals. They were all part of a working unit.

Activity: Student’s line up and will try their hand at washing clothes on a laundry board and turning the wringer.

6) Grist Mill (outdoors) –Students will learn the process of how corn, wheat, barley, and flour were processed for local farmers and their animals. Without electricity, they used water power to move the machinery and belts that have little cups on them, like an elevator. They will also learn how the miller did not have much grinding to do in the winter so he used the water power to power the saw and cut lumber from logs.

Activity: Students will grind some grain by turning the handle of the grinder. Then, sifting the ground grain and examining the results.

Activity: Students will grind some grain by turning the handle of the grinder. Then, sifting the ground grain and examining the results.

7) Learning to Write with Quill Pens (Indoors) – Students will learn about the history of writing implements. Each will get an apron and a quill pen with instructions on how to use them.

Activity: Students will learn how to properly dip their quill pen into ink, blot and practice writing the alphabet.

8) Horses/Tack & Veterinarian Shop (indoors) – This activity will focus on horses and how they were originally used for transportation both in pulling and riding and farm work. We will explain what a Tact shop was and how the difference between Veterinarians in the 1890’s were compared to today.

Activity: Students try their hand at rolling and shaping clay to approximate a horse pill. Weigh the pill and see if they are able to make more than one pill the same size and weight. They will also take a turn trying to throw a horse shoe onto the peg.

9) 1890’s Games (indoors or outdoors) – Students will learn how children used to entertain themselves before video games & snap chat.

Activity: Your group will have a chance to play at least 2 of the following 1890’s games: Cat & Rat; Button, Button, Who’s got the Button?; Tug of War; Fox and Geese or The Noisy Barnyard Game.

 

1890 Games to Play (outside in the Village or inside the Museum depending on the weather)

 

 

Where to Find Us:

Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village
866 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE 19901
 

Daily Hours: 

Tues. to Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Closed Sunday & Monday

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