Behind the Scenes

Extend your classroom science class with a Behind-the-Scenes tour of our research collections. Workshop led by a Museum curator. Date and time schedules may vary. Reservations required in advance.

Grades: 9–12
Days: by request
Fee: $9 per students
Group size: 45 student maximum per two-hour program
Duration of class: two hours

The Science of Collections-based Research

Why do natural history museums collect so much stuff? Learn how we organize, preserve, and use collections to further our knowledge about the ecology and evolution of life on this planet. Students will receive a brief introduction to collections-based research from a Museum curator before dividing into groups for a behind-the-scenes guided tour of different research collections. The experience concludes with students regrouping for a facilitated discussion on the different collections visited.

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