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Customize your day!

Have our knowledgeable museum guides lead your students on a tour of the museum or work with our staff to customize a tour to focus on your specific interest or curriculum needs.

Genesee Country Village & Museum offers two different guided programs. Each program satisfies specific New York State learning standards and includes hands-on opportunities for students. Guided programs are 2-3 hours in length. Enrichment Activities can be added to enhance your students’ visit.

Guided tours (Pre-K to College) offered late April/early May and late October only. The museum is otherwise closed during this time.

19th-Century Sampler Tour

Students travel through a century of American life while they visit six historic buildings. During their tour, students compare and contrast the homes and lives of people from the beginning to the end of the 1800s.

Stops include:
• One-room Schoolhouse to find out what school was like in the past and receive a lesson
• Pioneer Farm to discover what it took to be a self-sufficient pioneer in Western New York and help with some chores
• Pottery Shop to watch a demonstration and learn how the Industrial Revolution eventually affected this profession
• Hyde House to see our unusual octagon-shaped building and observe the home’s 19th-century technology
• Hosmer’s Inn to explore the challenges of travel in the 1800s
• Altay Store to learn how early residents relied upon this local business to provide commerce and communication

NY State Standards: SS1
ELA Common Core SL 1,2,3,6

Country, Town and Trades Tour

Students are introduced to a variety of work performed by people in a 19th-century community. They learn about the trades and the professionals in a village and how people in the past relied on one another for products and survival. This program links well with Common Core modules on Colonial Towns & Townspeople, Interdependent Roles of Colonial Times and Westward Expansion.

Stops may include:
• Pioneer Farm to discover what it took to be a self-sufficient pioneer in Western New York and help with chores like churning butter and grinding corn
• Blacksmith Shop to see the tools of this important profession and watch as pieces of iron are transformed into useful items
• Humphrey House to examine the tools and equipment used by spinners and weavers to turn wool and flax into yarn and cloth
• Altay Store to explore the important roles general stores played in the life of a community
• Pottery to watch as our potter takes a simple lump of clay and turns it into a mug or jug before your very eyes
• Cooper to learn about the tools and equipment needed to make barrels and tubs and find out how to properly assemble a bucket

NY State Standards: SS 1
ELA Common Core SL 1,2,3,6

Pioneer Chores Tour

Grades 6 to College
Offered late April/early May and late October only

Designed for older students, this physical tour will have students expend excess energy as they perform hands-on activities at seven of our historic buildings.

Activities can include:
• Helping with chores at the Pioneer Farm
• Observing demonstrations at the Pottery
• Playing 19th-century games
• Making a tin ornament to take home
• Learning about 19th-century hygiene and making a lavender sachet to take home
• Churning butter or sawing logs at Jones Farm
• Having a lesson at the Schoolhouse

NY State Standards: SS 1; HPEFCS 1
ELA Common Core SL 1,2,3,6

Home for the Holidays Program

Grades K to College
Offered Select Dates in December

This one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary program traces the evolution of winter holiday celebrations in America through the 19th century, with special emphases on the contributions of various cultural groups. Historic buildings decorated to period are staffed by museum educators who help students understand the cumulative and changing nature of holiday observances. Students are invited to join in holiday activities during their visit.

Activities can include:
• Meeting an 1840's Santa and reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
• Learning about the history of the Christmas tree
• Singing 19th-century Christmas carols
• Discovering what gift giving was like in the 1800s
• Kicking up your heels with some 19th-century dancing
• Making a holiday craft to take home
• Exploring other winter holiday traditions

NY State Standards: SS 1, 2
ELA Common Core SL 1,2,3,6