Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Students entering grades 5–6
Become an experimental anthropologist and use a spear thrower, drill a hole with a bow-drill, and try other technologies of native peoples of North America.
Explore the daily life of the ancient Maya people through hands-on activities with hieroglyphs, clay, food, outdoor games, and some surprises. Learn a little Spanish and become a magnificent Mesoamerican for a week.
For students entering Grades 3–4
Free Special Event Open to the Public
Melissa Banta, Projects Curator, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library Museum Associate, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University
Zoe Eddy (Wendat-Huron, Mohawk), Graduate Student in Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Native Americans built different types of homes to address the challenges of widely varied environments. In this program, families will explore ancient engineering while constructing simple models of a sod house, a wetu, a plank house, and a tipi, and they will have the opportunity to compare Native American homes in the museum exhibit dioramas.
Joshua A. Bell, Curator of Globalization, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Kids explore art using old and new technologies to learn more about life in ancient kingdoms. Make glyph rubbings, clay sculpture, and a cast to decorate your palace walls, play some ancient games, and try out secret ways to leave your mark. Take a virtual reality trip to Ashkelon, Israel for a 21st-century view into the past. Daily snacks included.
Four-Day Class (Grades 3–4), April 17–20, 9:30 am–12:00 pm
Andy Majewski, Museum Educator