We are dedicated to serving as the state-wide hub for the teaching of Virginia history through providing engaging learning resources, educational online tools, and meaningful multimedia content for educators, students, and history lovers of all ages.
Museum of You: This activity allows visitors to curate an exhibition about themselves! Download the Museum of You packet to find examples created by staff at the VMHC and an activity guide for both elementary and secondary students.
You Be the Curator!:This activity is designed for students to explore the role of a museum curator and learn about the role objects play in storytelling in museum exhibitions. Using a pre-curated packet of collections objects, students are asked to curate a mini-exhibition about the chosen topic. This activity works well for grades 4 - 12. Secondary students can go beyond simple object selection by creating exhibit labels and titles using the worksheets in the instruction packet.
I Spy: Virginia's Hidden History: Explore the history of espionage in the Commonwealth and train to become one of Virginia's top secret agents with this activity. This packet includes instructions for spies-in-training to practice breaking codes and send hidden messages with homemade invisible ink!
Collections in the Classroom:These thematic resource kits are designed to help students analyze and interpret primary source material from our collections. They contain context, guiding questions, and digitized primary source material to provide an avenue for integrating museum collections into the classroom
Educational Videos: Our educational videos are designed for a K-12 Audience. These videos are based on the Standards of Learning (SOL) and include animated primary source documents.
Virginia History Explorer: The Virginia History Explorer is full of illustrated articles about Virginia history including primary sources, secondary sources, past exhibitions, and hidden treasures from the collections.
Did you use one of these resources in your home or classroom? Tag us on social media @vmhceducation. Have questions or want to book a live program? Contact Hailey Fenner, Manager of Digital Learning, at hfenner@VirginiaHistory.org or 804.342.9689.