Want to bring the excitement of Cincinnati Museum Center directly to your location? Our Programs-on-Wheels bring educational and entertaining lessons in a wide variety of topics to you!
Click here to see how our programs align with the Ohio Revised Academic Science and Social Studies Standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards and National Social Studies Academic Standards.
- Designed for grades 1 through 8.
- Available Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- 60 minutes
- Maximum 30 students per program.
- Cancelling your scheduled activities within 2 business days of the Programs-on-Wheels will incur a cancellation fee of $35.
- Book as far in advance as possible. Reservations for programs close two weeks out.
- Payment by credit card, check or purchase order is required 2 weeks before the program. Programs are subject to reschedule if payment has not been received by that time.
- All programs require 15-45 minutes of set-up and take-down.
- Consecutive programs booked on the same day should be scheduled with at least 15 minutes between programs.
- Confirmation materials are emailed at the time of reservation.
NEW! Archaeology of Ohio's Native American Peoples
For thousands of years people have hunted, gathered and farmed its land. Follow in the steps of archaeologists to find and interpret evidence left beneath the soil, and uncover Ohio's long-ago past. See the ways in which people first entered the Ohio region, the tactics they used to survive and the traces of culture they left behind.
Investigate soap and candle making, meatpacking, furniture making and brewing in 19th-century Cincinnati. Work in small groups to review period business records, illustrations and historical artifacts. Learn how productive resources were used in these industries and how they impacted production and consumption. Get to know economic terms such as opportunity cost, scarcity, profit and loss.
Coming to America
The 19th century brought people from all around the world to Cincinnati's doorsteps. Explore factors that might include an immigrant to leave their home and learn how these groups impacted our local community. Identify the push-and-pull factors that made the U.S. the Land of Opportunity and discover how these groups influenced Cincinnati's rich cultural history.
Impact of Inventions
Many inventors, like Benjamin Banneker, Garrett Morgan, Eli Whitney, George Washington Carver and Patricia Bath, have changed our daily lives. Use a timeline, experiments, hands-on activities and role playing to investigate the impact of their inventions and others on the past, present and perhaps the future. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Geographical, political and old city maps help us explore one of the oldest cities in the world. Examine the history and science behind Iron Gall Ink and ancient and modern manscript materials by writing with scribes and quills. Recreate a passage from the Dead Sea Scrolls using a concordance, use DNA to validate authenticity and visualize similarities among three world religions with a Venn diagram.
Lewis & Clark
Use maps, historical artifacts, parched corn and primary source material to study the wildlife, unknown lands and people Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery encountered on their journey. Primary source material includes a Meriwether Lewis manuscript owned by Cincinnati Museum Center and replicas of the Jefferson Peace Medal. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Liberty on the Border
Imagine life as a Civil War soldier and interact with hardtack, period ammunition and a haversack containing personal supplies and historical letters written during the war. Learn about Civil War causes, economic effects, important figures and territorial expansion through photographs, prints, maps, replicas and other period materials. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Lotions, Potions and Strange Notions
Learn the cause of cholera (present day and historical theories) then role-play the symptoms this disease caused. Touch a “giant microbe” of Vibrio cholerae (Cholera) and investigate where the disease is found today. Explore old-fashioned home and herbal remedies then use mortars and pestles to roll herbal pills like those dispensed in 19th-century apothecaries. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Mind Your Money
Discover some of Cincinnati's early businesses and investigate how each earned, spent, saved and invested money. See how math and economics apply to our everyday lives and gain a better understadning of how money works.
One World, Many Cultures
Take a trip around the world, using maps and travel buddies to navigate your way. Explore cultures from Africa, Asia, Australia, and South and North America through clothing, crafts, games, celebrations, music and photographs.
NEW! The Archaeology of a Viking Burial
Perform a mock archaeological dig to uncover the grave goods of a person from the Viking era. Whose grave will you uncover? A Viking warrior? A woman of influence in the community? A trader of exotic goods? Work as a team to uncover artifacts, research and put together clues so you can share your discovery and the mysteries you've solved.
The Underground Railroad: Its History, People & Glory
Recreate elements of the Underground Railroad through pictures, slave shackles, photographs, maps, navigational tools and true stories of historical figures. Discover the resourcefulness, courage and determination of freedom-seeking slaves and abolitionists. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Learn how canals, streetcars and inclines impacted the growth of Cincinnati from the 1820s through the 1950s. Learn about a period folksong, load goods on a mock canal boat, experience one of Cincinnati’s five inclines and view historical photographs of these forms of transportation. Program available in Exploration Station format.
Meet the science that allows us to unlock the secrets of past civilizations. Participate in hands-on demonstrations of archeological techniques, explore a mock excavation site from Egypt and learn to identify a culture based on the artifacts discovered.
Explore how geographic factors kept Cincinnatians confined to the downtown basin and learn why our city remained a walking city longer than most. Use a 2’x3’ period map, map key, advertisements and illustrations to perform a series of tasks that help you understand what life was like in 1863 Cincinnati. Program available in Exploration Station format.
When Two Worlds Met
The North American fur trade connected people from two different worlds. Exchange furs, coins and wampum for replica goods from a late 18th century trading post. Learn about the Battle of Fallen Timbers by stepping into roles as the signers of the Treaty of Greenville. Program available in Exploration Station format.