School tours

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Native Americans to Pioneers

Learn about Native Americans, the Florida Panhandle's original residents, and Pioneers. The tour will explore the similarities and differences between these two groups and how technology and our lifestyles have changed over the years. Students will also have self-guided time in the Discovery room, a hands-on area where students can experience a model one-room schoolhouse, store, and an archaeology dig.


Activities to accompany this tour include pinchpots, paper dolls, and designing your own pioneer-style quilt.

Paradise Gardens

This tour explores our pollinator garden and the importance of bees, birds, and butterflies and plants to the ecosystem. Students will learn about different types of plants such as perennials and annuals, how to describe the life cycles of plants, and the structures of plants.


Chromatography butterflies are a wonderful accompaniment to this tour to allow students to see capillary action and how water reacts with markers to enhance the color spectrum

Technology Throughout History

A lot has changed in the Panhandle since the Native Americans first got here, and in this tour students will learn how technology was developed and used by pioneers and during WWII. This tour includes aspects of history and focuses mainly on the use of simple machines.


Students will make catapults using popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and spoons to have hands-on learning with simple machines.

Bespoke tours

Don't see something that meets you and your students' needs? Give us a call, and we'll be happy to work with you to create the right experience for your school.

Cost

$7 per student

$3 per adult chaperone

Free for teachers

History Sandwiched-In

Join us on the second Friday of each month for an hour-long casual lecture about the history of crafts, the Florida Panhandle, and a variety of other topics! These events are always free, and no registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring 

11 October

Tombstone Tales

12pm - 1pm

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida

Event Details

11 October

Tombstone Tales

It's the spookiest time of year, and our October History Sandwiched-In will tap into some of our local lore and mysteries. The talk will be led by  the Florida Public Archaeology Network.

12pm - 1pm

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida

8 November

Quirky Science History

12pm - 1pm

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida

Event Details

8 November

Quirky Science History

Diane Fraser, the Director of the Emerald Coast Science Center, will share with us some quirky science history. You won't want to miss this talk!

12pm - 1pm

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida

Heritage Alive! Classes

Homeschool Fridays

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Homeschool Fridays

One Friday each month, guest speakers come to the museum to meet with homeschool students about various topics including the hammered dulcimer and archaeology. Register on our website or call us at (850) 678-2615 to reserve your space!

Cost

Students -  $10 each | $8 for members

Parents - first is free, additional are $3 each

Upcoming dates and topics

October - "Falling" for Literature!


The Youth Services Department of the Niceville Public Library joins us for a Halloween- and autumnal-themed literature and writing lesson! Students will have the opportunity to share their story at the end of the lesson.