Museum Programs for Schools

Biomes Virtual
Grades 1-4 | One Hour

Explore the Stoll Wing dioramas with a museum educator and learn about adaptations, the effects of climate change, and the importance of protecting the planet. 

Ocean Odyssey Virtual
Grades 3-6 | One Hour

Join an educator in the Hall of Fishes, explore the vertical distribution of ocean life, and examine preserved invertebrate, fish, and mammal specimens.

Science Safari
Grades Pre-K – 4 | One Hour

Tour the collections of the Memorial Wing and Stoll Wing wildlife dioramas and examine preserved mammal, reptile, and bird specimens.

Sea Search
Grades Pre-K – 5 | One Hour

Tour the Hall of Fishes, learn about William Vanderbilt’s expeditions to collect for his little museum, and examine preserved invertebrate, fish, and mammal specimens.

Sharks
Grades 1 – 5 | One Hour

Visit the Hall of Fishes and wildlife dioramas to discover the fascinating variety of sharks in the world’s oceans, examine preserved shark specimens and create shark-tooth necklaces.

The Gold Coast
Grades 4 – 8 | One Hour

Tour one of the few remaining Gold Coast estates and discover William Vanderbilt’s passion for automobile racing, yachting, and collecting.

The World of Mr. Vanderbilt
Grades 2-8 | One Hour

Explore the natural history collections and learn about William Vanderbilt’s passion for automobile racing, exploration, and collecting for his little museum.

The Vanderbilt Mummy Virtual
Grades 5-8 | One Hour

Explore a 21st Dynasty Egyptian mummy and coffin and x-rays and learn about William Vanderbilt’s visits to Egypt.

Animal Habitats
Grades 1-4 | Two Hours

Tour the Memorial Wing and Stoll Wing, discover the diversity of life from the rainforests to the Sudan grasslands, examine preserved specimens, and create fun dioramas.

Butterflies and Moths
Grades 2-4 | Two Hours

Students will use costumes to illustrate the characteristics of insects, search for specimens, and design their own lepidoptera.

Egyptian Mummies
Grades 5 – 8 | Two Hours

Students will examine a 21st Dynasty mummy and coffin, recent X-rays, and create hieroglyph bookmarks.

Hawaii and the Islands of the South Pacific
Grades 2 – 5 | Two Hours

Students will discover the cultures and nature of the islands of the South Pacific as they search for artifacts, examine preserved corals, and create model outrigger canoes.

Identification and Classification
Grades 4 – 8 | Two Hours

Visit the Hall of Fishes, examine preserved marine specimens, explore taxonomy, and create individual watercolor illustrations.

If Walls Could Talk: The Architecture of a Gold Coast Mansion
Grades 4 – 8 | Two Hours

Discover the eclectic personality of William Vanderbilt’s summer residence, explore the Memorial Wing galleries, and search for architectural elements in the courtyard. 

Marine Habitats
Grades 3 – 6 | Two Hours

Visit the Hall of Fishes, explore the vertical distribution of ocean life, examine preserved invertebrate, fish, and mammal specimens, and create watercolor illustrations.

The Netherlands to New York
Grades 4 – 8 | Two Hours

Come visit the summer residence and collections of William K. Vanderbilt II and discover how the Vanderbilt family contributed to the development of New York State.

Scientific Illustration
Grades 7 – 12 | Two hours

Tour the Hall of Fishes, explore the structure of preserved fish and marine invertebrates, learn about the methods of preservation used in the collections, and create detailed watercolor illustrations.

For a print version of the education brochure, write to dawn@vanderbiltmuseum.org

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