What Our Educational Program Offers
Education is an important and exciting component of the Museum’s programs. Tours include the Museum and Powder Magazine featuring exhibits about Benicia and California’s past. Students also get to learn about the share the “every day” living experiences of early Californians through hands-on reenactment activities. These activities include: adobe brick making, corn grinding, and steer roping and even doing the family laundry—all by hand! We welcome students, teachers and chaperones for these informative and fun tours. We welcome you to complete your visit with a picnic in our beautiful garden! -Museum Educational Team
The Benicia Historical Museum offers educational tours of the Museum buildings and exhibits housed in the 1850s original Benicia Arsenal buildings.
Tours are composed of three tour spaces:
- The Museum’s main gallery, featuring exhibits on Benicia’s history with such topics as: the native Patwins of Solano County, the founding of Benicia and California, the Gold Rush, The Benicia Arsenal, manufacturing, and the arts.
- The Powder Magazine where the Arsenal explosives were stored.
- Hands-on reenactment activities of the “daily life” of 1850s-1890s California pioneers, with students, teachers, and chaperones participating in active learning.
To schedule these special Museum tours please fill out the
Education Tours Form with a tour date and time, and pay the $25 non-refundable deposit. The deposit will be credited to the total due on the day of the tour. The cost is $7 per student, with no fee for teachers and adult chaperones.
After completing this form, use the button below to submit the damage deposit online using PayPal. You may also download the form here and register by check through the mail.
To get a written guide for the hands-on reenactment activities click this link: Hands On Stations.
Our “Museum in a suitcase” rental program. The Traveling Trunks contain a manual, artifacts, and activities designed to augment classroom learning.
Native American Traveling Trunk
The Native American Traveling Trunk includes items featuring the Native Patwins as well as materials from other tribes in central California.
The trunk contains a teacher’s manual with seven lesson plans with stories, puzzles, and activities to challenge and enrich the learning experience. Also included are laminated pictures and instructions to recreate your own Native Californian village. Role-play or interact directly with over 40 authentic or replicated artifacts!
Play Native American games, make grass cording, listen to stories, dance and play music by the famous Tahi Indian, Ishi, and learn to weave baskets by watching a video.
The California Mission Traveling Trunk includes lessons about the founding, mission trail, and characteristics of the missions of California. Beautiful watercolor pictures of the 21 missions are included to let students see how the missions would have looked while they were active missions.
There are lesson plans and activities for: missions architecture, history of the Spanish fan, clothing, music, and dance of the early 1800s.
Also included are authentic recipes for: sopa de albondigas, tortillas, pastelitos de boda, and chocolate Espanol!
California Mission Traveling Trunk
The Traveling Trunks can be rented for a weekly fee of $25. A damage deposit of $25 is required at the time of scheduling along with your completed rental form. The damage deposit will be refunded when the trunk is returned to the Museum. The pick up and return of the Traveling Trunks will be scheduled during Office Hours (Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM) or Museum Hours (Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM).
To reserve a trunk please fill out this form: Traveling Trunk Form
After completing this form, use the button below to submit the damage deposit online using PayPal. You can also fill out a paper copy of the traveling trunk rental form and mail it and the $25 damage deposit fee to the Museum.
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