Visit our museums with your students and open a door to Rhode Island’s extraordinary history!

We offer a wide range of school tours, which are described below, listed by RIHS location. The Field Trip Free for All Program offers all standard, museum-based, educational programs at no cost for teacher-supervised visits. Our programs are led by staff and docents. We also offer funding towards busing for Title 1-designated schools thanks to the Klyberg Fund for Educational Access. Applications can be downloaded here

We welcome teachers to contact us to arrange a tour by calling us or emailing us, along with submitting our Inquiry Form.
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Our School Tours

John Brown House Museum

School programs at the John Brown House can be customized for your students based on content and grade level. Possible topics include life in early America; the American Revolution; the city of Providence; the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; the Gaspee Affair; and Rhode Island in the world. Click here for scheduling and location information. Back to top.

Free for all

Young Historians 

We create hands-on opportunities throughout the museum for young learners through colonial toys and games, clothing, sensory objects, and story time opportunities. Contact us to customize this program for your classes.

Recommended Grades

Best for K-2nd Grade Level Learners

Duration

40 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

The John Brown House Museum
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Free for all

Interactions with the Colonial Period (Virtual Options Available!)

Step through time into the colonial period at the John Brown House Museum and learn about life in 18th-century Providence. This program uses stations inside the house to offer interactive and experiential learning with sensory objects, discussion, and object analysis.

Recommended Grades

Best for 3rd-6th Grade Level Learners

Duration

50 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

The John Brown House Museum
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Free for all

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Connections (Virtual Options Available!)

This program illustrates these connections through a hands-on activity called the “Web of Complicity” that shows the relationships that stretched from the city to the sea in the global enterprise of the slave trade.

Recommended Grades

Best for 4th-8th Grade Level Learners

Duration

60 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

The John Brown House Museum
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Avi’s Something Upstairs Walking Tour 

Step back in time and explore the streets of Providence through the lens of Avi’s Something Upstairs.

Recommended Grades

Best for 4th-7th Grade Level Learners 

Duration

75 minutes, covers one mile

Location / Meeting Point

The John Brown House Museum
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Free for all

John Brown House Museum Guided Discussion

Travel through time at the John Brown House Museum with a guided discussion and tour through our historic space.

Recommended Grades

Best for High School & College Students

Duration

60 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

The John Brown House Museum
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Benefit Street: A Mile of History Walking Tour for Students

Created in the mid-18th century “for the benefit of all,” this colonial thoroughfare offers an enviable collection of 18th and early 19th century wood-frame houses.

Recommended Grades

Best for high school and college students

Duration

90 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

The John Brown House Museum
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H.P. Lovecraft's Providence: A Walk Through History and Literature

Born in 1890 and writing through his death in 1937, H.P. Lovecraft‘s acclaim as a genius of occult and horror fiction lives on. See the city through this legendary author’s eyes as the passages of his work are connected with locations around the East Side.

Recommended Grades

Best for high school and college students

Duration

120 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

The John Brown House Museum
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Museum of Work & Culture

Dedicated to sharing the stories of those who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns, the Museum of Work & Culture’s exhibits provide an immersive look into the past. Exhibits include a nineteenth-century farmhouse, the floor of a textile mill, the parlor of a triple-decker home, a parochial school classroom, and a union hall. Click here for scheduling and location information. Back to top.

 

Free for all

Museum Docent Guided Tour

Students are led through the museum by one of our trained docents. Docent guided tours are also available in French.

Recommended Grades

All

Duration

90 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

Museum of Work & Culture
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Assembly Line Activity

Students will get a hands-on understanding of history by participating as competing companies in an assembly line.

Recommended Grades

All

Duration

Additional 30 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

Museum of Work & Culture
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Suitcase Activity

Students will take on the role of a historian as they sort through the belongings of immigrant families.

Recommended Grades

6-12

Duration

Additional 30 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

Museum of Work & Culture
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Living History Presentations

A living history interpreter performs a play describing her personal experiences at the turn-of-the century.

Recommended Grades

K-6

Duration

Additional 30 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

Museum of Work & Culture
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Outdoor Walking Tour

Guides bring the classroom outdoors, tracing the history of the Blackstone River, water power, and ecology.

Recommended Grades

All

Duration

Additional 30 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

Museum of Work & Culture
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Blackstone Valley Explorer

Students travel the Blackstone River, learning about local wildlife, water quality, and historic sites.

Recommended Grades

5-12

Duration

Additional 45 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

Museum of Work & Culture
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Lunch Space Rental in Museum's ITU Hall

Students may bring bagged lunches to enjoy in the Museum’s ITU Hall.

Recommended Grades

All

Duration

Additional 30 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

Museum of Work & Culture
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Pizza Lunch in ITU Hall by Olly's Pizzeria

A pizza lunch with soft drinks served on-site in the Museum’s ITU Hall.

Recommended Grades

All

Duration

Additional 30 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

Museum of Work & Culture
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French Canadian Lunch at Chelo's Restaurant

A traditional French Canadian lunch served at the Chelo’s Restaurant Woonsocket location.

Recommended Grades

All

Duration

Additional 30-45 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

Museum of Work & Culture
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French Canadian Lunch at River Falls Restaurant

A traditional French Canadian lunch served at River Falls Restaurant.

Recommended Grades

All

Duration

Additional 30-45 minutes

Location / Meeting Point

Museum of Work & Culture
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