Social Studies Programs-on-Wheels
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!
• Designed for grades 1 through 8.
• Available Sunday through Saturday.
• Programs last 60 minutes.
• Maximum 30 students per program
• Changes to your scheduled activities or numbers less than 2 business days before your program or the day of your program may result in the suspension of visiting privileges or grant eligibility.
• Failure to cancel your reservation prior to our arrival is subject to a charge of 100% of the total reservation.
• 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.
ABC: Arches, Bridges & Construction
Work in teams to build arches, a suspension bridge and a truss bridge you can actually crawl across. Learn what makes bridges work - anchors, beams and compression. Explore the concepts of live load, dead load and environmental stress.
Archaeology of Ohio's Native American Peoples
How do we know what we know about past cultures? Gain in introduction to the major cultural groups of Ohio's prehistory while practicing techniques such as stratigraphy, quadrant mapping and flotation analysis that archaeologists use to gather information about past civilizations.
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.
Evolution of Diversity: A History of Earth's Changes
Investigate how land masses move and shifted through time. Explore a timeline of major species evolution and extinction events. Learn about local ancient creatures, the habitat in which they lived and their adaptations. Program includes Ordovician period diorama and fossil specimens from museum collections. Program available in.
Impact of Inventions
Many inventors, such as 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 the future. Program available in.
Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Geographical, political and historic city maps help us explore one of the oldest cities in the world. Visualize similarities among three world religions using a Venn diagram. Recreate a passage from the Dead Sea Scrolls using a concordance and use DNA to validate authenticity. Finally, examine the history and science behind iron gall ink and ancient and modern manuscript materials by writing with scribes and quills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Program available in.
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 two-by-three-foot 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.
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.
Valerie Horobik, Manager, Programs-on-Wheels
(513) 287-7000 ext. 7166
Karen Venetian, Director, Programs-on-Wheels
(513) 287-7000 ext. 7204
Pricing and reservations
Call (513) 287-7021 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., for more information or to book your program.
2 programs: $300
3 programs: $420
4 programs: $540
5 programs: $650
6 programs: $750
*Same program, same day
* Same program, same day
Send us your photos!
If you send us a high-resolution photo of a Museum Center Learning Lab or Programs-on-Wheels program that was presented in your classroom, and we decide to use your photo for publication, we'll give you one FREE Learning Lab or Programs-on-Wheels program! Email your photos, your name, name of your school, program title and program date to:
Manager of School & Teacher Partnerships
Please note: to be considered for publication, all photos must be sent with for all non-Museum Center individuals in the photo. If the photo subject is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must sign the release. If your school has photo releases for each student on file, you do not need to submit a photo release form, just make a note that the school has permission on file.