Moveable Museum Outreach

Can't make it to the museum? Let us bring our “Moveable Museum” programs to you.

These in-classroom learning experiences are excellent on their own or as a pre- or post-visit activity to enhance the lessons of your field trip. 

Museum educators bring touchable, usable objects to your classroom in connection with standards-relevant themed programs specially designed to fit with your curriculum. Programs are designed for small class-sized groups and last 45-60 minutes.

These programs adapt easily from the classroom for use by Scout groups, community organizations, adult living facilities, and libraries. Programs are offered year round unless listed. For more information about a Moveable Museum program or to book one for your organization, please contact Jennifer Haines at (585) 294-8216. Funding may be available to cover the cost of bringing a Moveable program to your school.  

The Animal Kingdom (Preschool-Grade 3) offered November-February

The Animal Kingdom (Preschool-Grade 3) offered November-February

A museum naturalist visits your classroom and brings a group of small animal friends for your students to meet. This program focuses on animal diversity and biological adaptations.

NY State Standards:  MST 1, 4, 6

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

19th-Century Games (Preschool-12 and adult groups)

19th-Century Games (Preschool-12 and adult groups)

Who doesn’t love playing with the simple toys of the past? Students are encouraged to try jackstraws, cup-and-ball, the whimmy-diddle, buzz saw and much more. Those who like a challenge can try to identify the strategies involved in each game and the physics principles that underlie each toy. The program also provides topics for discussion about resource use, the purpose of play, and comparisons between past and present life.

NY State Standards:  HPEFCS 1, SS 1

ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

The Ox-Cart Man (Preschool-Grade 3)

The Ox-Cart Man (Preschool-Grade 3)

The story of a 19th-century family comes alive as our museum educator brings a cart full of objects for students to see and touch.  Based on The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall.

NYS Standards:  CDOS 1; SS 1, 4

ELA Common Core Standards: RL 1, 3; SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Quilt Story (Preschool-Grade 3)

Quilt Story (Preschool-Grade 3)

Our museum educator uses quilts to bring to life the touching story of a 19th-century girl and her quilt. Based on The Quilt Story written by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Tomie dePaola.

NY State Standards:  A 1,2,4; SS 1,3,4

ELA Common Core Standards: RL 1, 3; SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Sap, Syrup & Sugar (Preschool-Grade 12 and adults)

Sap, Syrup & Sugar (Preschool-Grade 12 and adults)

Students will explore the sweet history and science behind maple sugar and syrup production from early America to present-day commercial production.  They will learn how to identify a maple tree and try their hand at "tapping" a tree. Students discover how sap is turned into sugar and syrup and taste the finished product.     

NY State Standards:  MST 1, 4, 6;  SS 1

ELA Common Core:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Small Folks (Preschool-Grade 3) 

Small Folks (Preschool-Grade 3) 

Students discover what pioneer life was like for the settlers of Western New York.  Using 19th-century objects and clothing, they explore what a typical day was like for children in the early 1800s.

NY State Standards:  SS 1

ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

19th-Century Dance (Grades 3-12 and adult groups)

19th-Century Dance (Grades 3-12 and adult groups)

In the 19th century, dancing was a great form of physical exercise as well as a good opportunity for social interaction. Your students will learn some dance steps and then try them out to 19th-century music.

NY State Standards:  A 1, 2, 4; HPEFCS 1; SS 1

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Quilting (Grades 3-12 and adult groups) 

Quilting (Grades 3-12 and adult groups) 

Making a quilt was a way to help keep a 19th-century family warm, and it was also a means for artistic self-expression. Learning about quilts is a way to understand more about 19th-century American life, art, design, communication and even geometry. Our quilter shares 19th-century quilt patterns and demonstrates how quilts are put together. Students learn the importance and origins of quilting and how quilted items were used for a variety of purposes.

NY State Standards:  A 2, 3, 4; CDOS 1; MST 1, 3, 5, 6, 7; SS 1, 3

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

The Tinsmith (Grades 3-12 and adult groups) for an additional fee a tin ornament can be made by each participant

The Tinsmith (Grades 3-12 and adult groups) for an additional fee a tin ornament can be made by each participant

In this inquiry-based program, our Genesee Country tinsmith brings some of his shiny wares as well as the tools he uses to make them so your students can see both process and result. Students are challenged to figure out how this technology was employed to solve specific problems and meet particular needs. The tinsmith also shares insights into his role in early American economies and compares it to that of his 21st-century counterpart – the hardware store.   

NY State Standards:  CDOS 1, 2, 3b;  MST 1, 3, 4, 5, 6; SS 1, 4

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

The Little Red Schoolhouse (Grades 4-8 and adult groups) 

The Little Red Schoolhouse (Grades 4-8 and adult groups) 

Let us turn your classroom into a 19th-century one room schoolhouse. Our museum educator reminds students of the rules of discipline while guiding them through their lessons. They are asked to engage in cooperative learning, practice their penmanship, use a slate and read stories from a McGuffey reader.

NY State Standards:  CDOS 1, 2; MST 3, 5, 6; SS 1

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

History of Chocolate Moveable (Grade 4-12 and adult groups)

History of Chocolate Moveable (Grade 4-12 and adult groups)

Chocolate has been a part of our culture for centuries.  Far from today’s candy bars, in the 18thand 19th century chocolate was a beverage.  Taste the rich dark chocolate of the past and learn about its history during this Moveable presentation.

NY State Standards:  HPEFCS 1,2,3; SS 1,2

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

The General Store (Grades 4-12 and adult groups)

The General Store (Grades 4-12 and adult groups)

Armed with 19th-century wares and dry goods for your inspection, our storekeeper introduces your students to this uniquely American institution that gave flavor and personality to 19th-century villages. Your students learn about the general storekeeper’s multifaceted role in the community and how the store contributed to an area’s settlement. The program is an engaging way to learn about worldwide trade, household and business economics, pricing systems, profit margins and customer service.

NY State Standards:  CDOS 1, 2; MST 1, 3, 5, 6; SS 1, 3, 4

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Objects from History (Grades 4-12 and adult groups) 

Objects from History (Grades 4-12 and adult groups) 

Our museum educator brings unusual and everyday objects from the 19th century to your classroom. Students have the opportunity to examine the objects and discover on their own how people devised technological solutions to meet their specific needs. This program provides ample opportunities to compare the tools and constructs of the past with those of today, and is an excellent starting point for further research.

NY State Standards:  HPEFCS 2, 3; MST 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; SS 1, 3, 4

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Wildlife of the Genesee Country (Grades 4-12 and adult groups) offered November-February

Wildlife of the Genesee Country (Grades 4-12 and adult groups) offered November-February

A visit from our museum naturalist helps your students learn about the animals native to the Genesee Country and how and why wildlife populations changed with the advent of Euro-American settlement. This history-based nature program provides students with plenty of opportunities to examine animal skulls, bones and skins as well as live specimens.

NY Standards:  HPEFCS 2, 3; MST 1, 4, 5, 6, 7; SS 1, 3

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

19th-Century Fashion (Grades 7-12 and adult groups)

19th-Century Fashion (Grades 7-12 and adult groups)

Costuming is an integral interpretive tool at Genesee Country Village & Museum. Discover how fashion reflected changing views on gender, class and technology in the 1800s.  Find out what was worn beneath the clothes, learn about events that influenced fashion, and examine a hundred years of costumes during this intriguing program.​  The program can be customized to suit your specific needs or time frame and may be requested in either a lecture format or as a fashion show. Pricing reflects the number of models and program length.

NY State Standards:  A 2,3,4; CDOS 1, HPEFCS 1,3; MST 1,5; SS 1,3,4

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Civil War Fashion (Grades 7-12 and adult groups)

The Civil War Fashion Moveable introduces students to women's and men's clothing from 1860-1865. Clothing, underpinnings, accessories and head wear will be displayed. Different styles and types of women's dresses will be discussed. Key points of men's clothing will be noted. ​

NY State Standards: A 2,3,4; CDOS 1, HPEFCS 1,3; MST 1,5; SS 1,3,4

ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Civil War Ballooning, in 3D! (Grades 7-12 and adult groups)

Civil War Ballooning, in 3D! (Grades 7-12 and adult groups)

Professor Thaddeus Lowe revolutionized balloon flight during the 1860s.  Students will meet the Professor and learn about the history of ballooning, the role hydrogen balloons played in the Civil War and observe a demonstration explaining the science behind lighter-than-air flight. 

NY State Standards: MST 1, 4, 5, 6; SS 1

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Edgar Allen Poe (Grades 7-12 and adult groups)

Edgar Allen Poe (Grades 7-12 and adult groups)

American author Edgar Allen Poe was a master at creating tales of mystery and the macabre.  His well-known short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" will be dramatically performed as part of this program.  Following the one-man performance, historic information about Poe will be shared along with a discussion of the common themes that appeared in his work.  Excerpts from a selection of Poe's other writings will also be read and examined as part of the program.

NY State Standards: SS 1, 2; A 3

ELA Common Core Standards:  CCRA.R.6, RL 9-10.2, RL 9-10.4, RL 9-10.5, SL 1, 2, 3

History in the Kitchen (Grades 7-12 and adult groups)

History in the Kitchen (Grades 7-12 and adult groups)

Discover how food, receipts (recipes), cooking techniques and the kitchen itself changed in the 19th century from a one room log house to the turn of the century "modern kitchen."  A museum cook will bring some of these changes to you with examples of cookware, utensils, and cookbooks to illustrate this most "tasteful" approach to learning about the past. 

NY State Standards:  CDOS 1; HPEFCS 1, 2, 3; MST 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; SS 1, 3

ELA Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

The Language of Flowers (Grades 7-12 and adult groups) 

The Language of Flowers (Grades 7-12 and adult groups) 

Learn about one of the most enchanting customs of the 19th century—communicating through flowers instead of words.  From the four-leaf clover to the red rose, each was used to communicate a specific thought or feeling.  Find out what different flowers mean and how to communicate covertly using specimens from your backyard.

NY State Standards:  LOTE 1, 2; SS 1, 2

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Victorian Yuletide (Grades 4-12 and adult groups) 

Victorian Yuletide (Grades 4-12 and adult groups) 

Festive seasonal decorating flourished in Victorian America, and preparations began months in advance. Using historical documentation reflecting the cultural origins of various Victorian holiday traditions, a museum educator facilitates your students’ recreation of the spirit and charm of 19th-century yuletide celebrations.

NY State Standards:  SS 1, 2

ELA Common Core Standards:  SL 1, 2, 3, 6