The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) offers educational programs conducted in the museum’s galleries, schools, libraries and summer camps. FAM’s programs cover the history of our region including the Virginia Indians, 18th-century life, the American Civil War, Civil Rights, and the importance of the Rappahannock River to our community.
The FAM’s Early Adventurers program encourages preschoolers to use their instinctive nature to investigate and explore the world around them in an environment designed for this age group. Our Museum on the Move traveling program brings our educators to you! Our FAM Gallery Programs programming allows students to explore our ever-changing galleries to discover current and past local stories!
Education & Public Programs Coordinator
540-371-3037 x 138
FAM Gallery programs: $3.00 per student (1 chaperone for 10 students is FREE. Additional adults $3.00). Adults OVER the 1:10 ratio $3.00
Museum on the Move programs: $4.00 per student
FREE for Fredericksburg City School Students
The Powhatan People
Using artifacts and pictures, Early Adventurers will use their senses to learn about the Powhatan Indians. Incorporating hands-on activities, students will learn about traditional Virginia Indian food ways, shelter and clothing.
Life in a Port Town: 18th-Century Fredericksburg
What would life have been like for George Washington and others growing up in Fredericksburg? Using interactive hands-on activities, this program teaches students about the development of Fredericksburg as a port town and the lives of those that lived here.
The Powhatan People (K-5)
Through discussion of artifacts, photographs and drawings, students learn about the Powhatan Indians’ reliance on natural resources. Using interactive hands-on activities, students will learn about traditional Virginia Indian food ways, shelter and clothing. History and Social Studies SOLs: K.1.a, K.1.g, K.2.a, K.7, 1.1.a, 1.1.g, 1.3.a, 1.3.b, 1.6.a, 1.6.b, 1.8, 2.1.a, 2.1.g, 2.3.a, 2.4, 2.7.a, 2.8, VS.1.a, VS.1.b, VS.2.c, VS.2.e, VS.2.g, USI.1.a, USI.3.b, USI.3.c, USI.4b, Science SOLs: K.11.a, 1.8.a, 3.10.b, 4.9.a-d
Life in a Port Town: 18th-Century Fredericksburg (K-5)
What would life have been like in colonial Fredericksburg? Using interactive hands-on activities, this program teaches students about the development of Fredericksburg as a port town, the colonial market place and the colonial residents. History and Social Studies SOLs: K.1.a, K.1.g, K.7, K.8, K.9.a, K.9.b,.1.1a, 1.1g, 1.2.b, 1.6.b, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1.a, 2.1.g, 3.1a, 3.9, 3.10, VS.1a, VS.1g, VS.4d, VS.4e, USI.1a, USI.1g, USI.5b Mathematics SOLs: K1.a, K.1.b, K.2.a, K.2.b, 1.1.a, 1.6, 2.4.a, 2.4.b, 2.4.c, 3.2a, 3.3a, 4.2a, 4.3.d, 5.2.a, 5.2.b
Faces of The Civil War (4-5)
“Faces of Civil War” is a Museum on the Move program that teaches students about the lives of citizens of Fredericksburg during the American Civil War. Students will learn about the history and significance of civilians and soldiers and how they were impacted by the war. Students will utilize primary sources and artifacts to understand the war through personal experiences. History and Social Studies SOLs: VS.1a, VS1d, VS1e, VS1g, VS.7b, VS.7c, USI.1a, USI.1c, USI.1e, USI.9a, USI.9e, USI.9f
Bridging the Past (K-5)
Explore the history and science behind Fredericksburg bridges. This program uses primary sources, and inquiry-based activities to discuss the importance of the Rappahannock River in the development transportation systems. Students will use their knowledge of force, material strength, and bridge types to create and test their own bridge. History and Social Studies SOLs: K.1.a-b, K.3, K.7, 2.1.a-b, 2.2, VS.1.a-b, USI.1.a-b, USI.8.d Mathematics SOLs: K.10.a, K.10.b,K.10.c, 1.11.a, 1.11.b, 3.12, 3.13, 4.11, 4.12, 5.13.a, 5.13.b Science: K.1.a-k, K.4.b, K.4.d, 1.1.a-j, 1.2.c, 2.1.a-m, 3.1.a-m, 3.3.a-c, 4.1.a-m, 5.1.a-k
Our Past, Our Present (K-12)
This guided museum tour explores the rich stories of the Fredericksburg region! FAM’s exhibits cover a wide variety of topics like the Virginia Indians, Colonial era, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement to current immigrants. Using primary sources, historic objects, artwork, students will examine the area’s past and present. SOLs vary depending on grade level and topic of exhibits
A Walk in Their Shoes (6-12)
The Civil Rights Movement played out on the streets of Fredericksburg. Young and old participated in rallies and sit-ins right here in our streets! This WALKING tour takes students to areas in downtown Fredericksburg where these activities played out. From the property action block of pre-Civil War era, to where students participated in Sit-Ins on Caroline Street, this tour explores this turning point in our country’s history. History and Social Studies SOLs: USII.1. a, USII.1.d, USII.1.i, USII.3.a, USII.4.c , USII.9.a, VUS.7.e, VUS.8.d, VUS.13.b, VUS.13.c, , GOVT.11.a, GOVT.11.c, GOVT.11.d, GOVT.11.e