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School & Scout Programs

An unforgettable learning experience for you and your troop or school

Museum staff is experienced in working with a wide variety of ages and groups with special needs, and they are happy to customize any tours or programs to fit your needs. Our staff has all been trained by a local organization to be certified autism friendly. We look forward to being part of a memorable learning experience for your students.

Please note: A minimum two-week advance notice is required for scheduling a program.

Visit the Museum

A trip to the DuPage County Historical Museum offers a unique perspective on local history. Tour the exhibits and participate in a variety of educational, fun, and interactive programs in a historical setting. Museum programs covering a variety of topics are available year- round for ages 4 and up. Choose from one of the programs listed in our School & Scout Program Brochure (PDF) or have us customize a program for you.

Programs vary in length ranging from 30 to 90 minutes in length for a minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 25.

For school fieldtrips larger than 25, please contact the Museum Manager and Educator for details.

For all tours, field trips or programs, please contact Museum Manager and Educator Michelle Podkowa to arrange. Michelle can be reached at mpodkowa@wheatonparks.org or 630-510-4956.

Program Details

School Programs
Girl Scout Programs
Boy Scout Programs

School Programs

Great Depression

Learn about how the Great Depression affected DuPage County. Did FDR’s New Deal help change residents’ lives and the county’s landscape?

  • $4/Student

Civil War

What do photographs tell students about the Civil War? Students learn how to analyze images and read letters from soldiers and their loved ones.

  • $4/Student

Living History

Teachers can choose from a variety of activities and crafts for their students. Options include tin punching, quill pen, make a slate, sewing, and seed planting. Students also complete a scavenger hunt through the museum and learn about the exhibits on display.

  • $5/Student

Timeless Toys

Discover what toys children played with more than 100 years ago. Try out the toys and learn about the history surrounding them.

  • $4/Student

Museum Detectives

Tour the Museum and learn about other local landmarks. View photographs and maps to see how your town has changed over the years.

  • $4/Student

Girl Scout Programs

Girl Scout Badges Through the Years  – All Ages

See what badges girls earned in 1912, 1920s, 1950s, and 1970s. Complete activities and crafts for each of the different eras and see how Girl Scouting has changed over the years.

  • $5/Scout

Daisy and the Girl Scouts – Daisy Program
Learn about Juliette “Daisy” Low and the history of the Girl Scouts. Enjoy games and songs that the first Girl Scouts played. Create a special art project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. (Vi, Violet Petal)

  • $4/Scout

Daisy Tea Party – Daisy Program
Learn about hostess etiquette. Discover how to create a thank you card for someone important in your life. Enjoy a tea party while learning proper manners. Become “responsible for what you say and do.” (Mari, Marigold Petal)

  • $5/Scout

Be a History Detective – Brownie Program
Tour the Museum and learn about other local landmarks. View photographs and maps to see how your town has changed over the years.

  • $4/Scout

Girl Scout Celebration – Brownie Program
Come learn the story of Juliette “Daisy” Low and the Girl Scouts. What badges did they earn? What kinds of activities did their troops enjoy?

  • $4/Scout

Making Friends – Brownie Program
Explore friendships of the past and present. Learn how to be a good friend to all and celebrate each other’s differences. (Making Friends Journey Badge)

  • $4/Scout

Making Games – Brownie Program
Come help us create new and exciting ways to have fun. Together we will invent new games and change the rules for old games. (Making Games Journey Badge)

  • $4/Scout

Girl Scout Traditions – Junior Program

Celebrate the legacy of the Girl Scouts. Learn about the founder of the Girls Scouts, Juliette “Daisy” Low, and what inspired her to create this organization. View uniforms from our collection and create a time capsule for your troop.

  • $4/Scout

Social Butterfly Tea Party – Junior Program
Enjoy a tea party while learning how to be a great hostess and a gracious guest. Write a thank you note, hold a polite conversation, and practice the etiquette from the early 1900s. (Social Butterfly Journey Badge)

  • $5/Scout

Exploring Life in Early DuPage County – Junior Program
Become a character from the late 1800s. Join us while we explore different chores, games, and hobbies of the first settlers of DuPage County. (Playing the Past Journey Badge)

  • $4/Scout

Boy Scout Programs

Collections – All Ages
Learn how collections are acquired and preserved in a museum setting. Explore different ways to keep collections of your own. (Collections Merit Badge)

  • $4/Scout

Beat the Drum – Cub Scouts
Jump into the history of the American Indians in DuPage County. Explore the different legends, dances, and crafts that were part of this native culture. (Bear Elective Adventure)

  • $5/Scout

Hobbies and Collections – Cub Scouts
Learn about different types of collections and explore the collections within the museum. Make an autograph book and share your collections or hobbies with your den. (Wolf Elective Adventure)

  • $5/Scout

Family Stories – Cub Scouts
Discover the importance of heritage and genealogy. Learn how to make a family crest and tree while exploring ways to research your own family. (Tiger Elective Adventure)

  • $4/Scout

Marble Madness – Cub Scouts
Come discover the wonder of marbles and learn about their vast history. Explore different types of marbles and the games that have been enjoyed for centuries. (Bear Elective Adventure)

  • $4/Scout

Let the Museum Visit You

Can’t come to the museum? Let us come to you!

These dynamic, one-of-a-kind programs are done right in your classroom or multi-purpose room. Both classroom and assembly-style programs are offered to suit your needs. Programs are 45-minutes in length and include artifacts for children to experience as part of the presentation. Fees vary based on group size and program location.

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