Educational Programsthat work for you.
The history of California is a long and complex story, full of growth, development, adventure and constant change, marked by grit and uncertainty. During the guided gallery tour, students and educators will be introduced to the history of California and the roll Benicia played in the state’s development.
The BENICIA HISTORICAL MUSEUM offers education programs that bring history to life, providing you and your students with the best hands-on opportunities possible. Become an archeologist and dig up artifacts, learn about early California Amerindians, material culture, and so much more.
Our wide variety of educational programs are offered for K-8 groups and include Guided Tours of our exhibits and grounds, Hands-on History where students get to participate in a selection of activities, Traveling Trunks where students can explore a different time period through a collection of lesson plans based on objects in the trunk, and custom made programs for your class focusing on your standards and desired unit themes.
To book a program, educators will need to choose from one of the Core Programs listed below and then choose one of the corresponding thematic Hands-on History Activities, or choose one of the Non-Traditional Programs as the focus of the visit.
Options for independent, self guided gallery exploration can be built in to your specific schedule to further enrich the experience.
Education programs are tailored to grade levels and the Benicia Historical Museum recommends that educators/coordinators choose topics relevant to students’ curriculum. The Museum offers programs designed for specific experiences.
- California in the Civil War
- CA Gold Rush
- Early California
- Available ‘Virtual’ or ‘In Person’
- My Museum
- Be A Curator
- Archaeology Field School
- Available ‘In-Person’ Only
Virtual Programs | Specialized
Inquire about our:
- Virtual Programs
- Home School Programs
- Mixed Grade Programs
- Custom Programs
- Native American
- Early California
- CA Gold Rush
- CA in the Civil War
Core Programsfor School Groups Hand On History
We welcome your school group to the Benicia Historical Museum! Docent-led tours of the Museum & Powder Magazine and the Early California Hands-On Outdoor Activities take a total of approximately 2 ½ hours. Activities are based on life in California circa 1837-1870, and students will learn about many items used during this time period. Students are broken into groups and rotate through varying stations depending upon your time schedule and the number of adults in your group. We also have indoor activities for rainy days. Select program for more details and to start reservation.
Core Programs Include:
California in the Civil War | CA Gold Rush | Early California
Non-Traditional Programsfor School Groups Hands On History
The Benicia Historical Museum also offers several excellent Non-Traditional’ Education programs. Each of these programs run approximately 1-2 hours and are predominantly hands-on. NOTE: Our Non-Traditional programs are not available virtually, and cannot be combined with Core Programs. Select program for more details and to start reservation.
Non-Traditional Programs Include:
My Museum | Be a Curator | Archaeology Field School
Virtual Programsfor School Groups Hands On History
Our Core Programs and corresponding Hands-on History Activities listed on this page can be experienced virtually with a little bit of coordination. We primarily use Zoom to host virtual programming. Should your school require a different platform, please call the Museum to discuss and arrange options prior to booking. We are happy to customize for your specific needs.
Please call 707-745-5435 to inquire or email us using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
We look forward to creating an engaging virtual program for your class or group.
Available Special Programs Include:
Virtual Programs / Home School /Mixed Grades
Traveling TrunksBring the museum to your classroom!
Our popular “Museum in a suitcase” rental program. Looking for a unique classroom activity that will inspire your students’ senses and boost their knowledge of history? The Traveling Trunks program for K-6 classrooms is just what you need. Leave the heavy lifting to us by renting a museum in a suitcase. All trunks include a teacher’s manual, lesson plans, artifacts, and activities. What happens inside your classroom is up to you!
Price: $50.00 + $25.00 Refundable Damage Deposit
Overview: The Benicia Historical Museum maintains 3 Travelling Trunks, with thoughtfully selected items depicting Early California Native life, the California Mission System, and the California Gold Rush. Each trunk contains replicas of personal affects, cultural items, or other material culture items pertaining to the time and experiences represented in the trunks. All corresponding curriculum-related material is provided with the rental. Teachers must arrange to pick up and drop off all material through the Museum office.
Make a Reservation Today:
Traveling Trunks are reserved online by filling out this form and placing a refundable $25 security deposit. You can also inquire about reserving a traveling trunk by calling the Museum office at: 707-745-5435