School Groups

The Slater Memorial Museum is eager to make your school’s class trip enjoyable and enlightening!

Teachers can choose one of our focused school programs which explore different sections of the museum with one or more of our museum docents or choose to tour the museum galleries with their class on their own with accompanying chaperones. Admission fees for school groups include a tour of your area of interest, followed by an age-appropriate hands-on activity.

The following programs have been designed to meet current curriculum standards for each grade level, and also include a selection of relevant hands-on activities that provides an in-depth experience for students to connect with the museum and our stories!

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Slater Museum Curriculum Programs

Sailing Around The World

In 1894, William Slater and his family set sail for a year-long Grand Tour of some of the world’s most iconic cultural sites. Throughout their voyage, they came into contact with dozens of different nations and cultures bringing back souvenirs and memories that are now showcased in our exhibition “Around the World on the Yacht Eleanor: The Slaters’ Grand Tour.” From examining original photographs, to some of the Slaters’ personal items, this program will have students thinking critically about the many themes that defined Victorian Era society in America and will allow students the opportunity to take their own virtual Grand Tour through our themed exhibition galleries.

Students will be exposed to a number of global perspective themes, including:

  • Learning about and respecting other cultures.

  • Ideas about how and why we travel; how travel today differs from travel a century ago; how and why we collect souvenirs.

  • Discussing how travel continues to connect cultures across the globe. 

Grades: 2-12

Length: 60-90 minutes

Fee: $2 / students; $3 / teachers and chaperones. Regional public schools may be eligible for a fee waiver.

Norwich Arts & Industry

This program provides an in-depth look into one of the most transformative periods of time for Norwich and the Western world. Beginning just before the outbreak of the American Revolution and lasting through the beginning of the 20th century, factories, businesses, and artists dotted the Norwich landscape creating a diverse community identity. A number of themes characterize this complex era known to historians as the “long nineteenth century.” For Norwich, it was a period of rapid economic development, industrialization, and cultural growth. We see the rise of new immigrant workforces, localized schools of art, and learn about the legacies of families such as the Slaters, who envisioned the goal of creating a better Norwich, and a better world.

Students will be asked to consider in what ways the lives of people in the 18th and 19th centuries were similar and different to people of the present day including:

  • How might have each individual made an impact on the lives of others?
  • In what ways do objects evolve over time, and what difference does that make in lives of people in the society?
  • How Norwich evolved into a center of manufacturing and how it compares to larger trends of industrialization and social progress

Grades: 4-12

Length: 60-90 minutes

Fee: $2 / students; $3 / teachers and chaperones. Regional public schools may be eligible for a fee waiver.

Greek Stories

For thousands of years, the myths of the ancient Greeks have fascinated people all over the world, leaving long lasting impressions on Western Civilization. Using our collection of plaster casts, this program introduces some of the best examples of Greek sculpture to students and examines how Greek art and mythology contributed to the growth of Classical and Hellenistic Greek Culture. This program can be fully customized to meet the needs of many grade levels while focusing on a variety of topics and themes such as the history of Greek civilization, artistic expression, art history, and how Greek myths and sculpture influenced the development of Western Civilization. Our extensive collection of plaster casts allows students to connect deeply with the art and stories of our ancient past.

Students will be asked to help deduce the character traits of key figures in Greek mythology, and will discuss:

  • What is a myth, and what does it tell us about how people lived?
  • What is a symbol, and what can you guess about a person or thing by examining their symbols?
  • How did Greek Art influence the development of their culture and Western Civilization?

Grades: 2-12

Length: 60-90 minutes

Fee: $2 / students; $3 / teachers and chaperones. Regional public schools may be eligible for a fee waiver.

Maritime Norwich

Uniquely positioned at the confluence of the Yantic, Shetucket, and Thames Rivers, the city of Norwich has many deep connections to the sea and its resources. This program explores how Norwich developed as a maritime city with a focus on local seafaring figures and industries such as whaling, trading, shipbuilding, and manufacturing. The history of our maritime heritage is still seen and felt to this day, opening up discussion about how we lived and worked on the sea and how the sea still plays a vital role in our perspectives of the world. Stories of freedom, exploration, hardship, and triumph will show students how the sea still calls upon us to be a force for change in the world today.

Students will consider how individuals and societies connect with the sea and will discuss:

  • How human civilization built societies and economies that depended on the resources of the sea
  • What types of maritime industries flourished in Norwich
  • How maritime culture continues to influence modern day civilizations 

Grades: 4-12

Length: 60-90 minutes

Fee: $2 / students; $3 / teachers and chaperones. Regional public schools may be eligible for a fee waiver.

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