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School Tours

The BCM welcomes teachers and students of all ages to come and explore our museum.  All tours and programs can help you meet your core content goals.  Tours and programs can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups.  Most programs will last 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the age of students and the content of the programming.


Who’s Who?
Have you ever tried to find your supper in the dark?  Discover how these wide eyed and deep eared birds do it.  Examine clues as you learn about different species of owls and their habitats.  Learn some owl calls and make friends in the night. 
Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies: 1.3, 1.4, 2.6, 2.33, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.2, 6.3

How Do They Do That?

Have you ever wondered how or why living things look or act the way they do?  Explore the different ways animals adapt to their habitat in order to survive.  Experience for yourself how an animal camouflages itself, what a bug sees, or how a bird’s beak determines what it eats.  Hands on and lots of interactive fun.
Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies: 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 2.33, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.2, 6.3


Kentucky on Ice
Trek through Kentucky through the last glacial period and learn about Ice Age geology and the great beasts of the Ice Age. Experience the thrill of holding a Wooly Mammoth tooth, just as the paleontologist who discovered it did.  Discuss the different theories of why these larger than life animals died out.  Many excavated specimens from Big Bone Lick are on display for you to handle and investigate. Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies: 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 2.33, 2.4, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.2, 6.3

Who Wants to be a Paleontologist?
Take a voyage into the ancient Ordovician Sea, which covered Kentucky and the Ohio Valley long, long ago.  Find out what strange creatures lived here 450 million years ago.  People from all over the world come to this area to dig for what you may have in your own yard.   Examine our extensive fossil collection, and then become a backyard paleontologist. Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies: 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 2.33, 2.4,5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.2, 6.3

Fossil Hunting Expanded Activity
After an introduction to fossils and how to search for them at the museum, travel to a local site to find fossils for your own collection.  You provide transportation to the site. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes and bring a zip lock storage bag for your finds. Allow at least 2 hours for your museum program and expedition. Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies:  2.6, 2.33, 2.36, 2.37, 5.3, 5.4, 6.2, 6.3

Dig up the past!Archaeology

Dig Up The Past
Unearth clues from the past during this introduction to the science and art of Archaeology. This program includes instruction on and experience with archaeological methods and record   keeping.  Activities related to archaeology, a simulated excavaton of a staged dig and lab analysis rounds out the experience. Class size is limited. This is an all day program.  This program can be staged at your site, fee will be negotiated.
Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.9, 2.10, 2.16, 2.18, 2.20, 2.33, 2.37, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3

Cultural History

Here Before Boone
Explore ancient American Indian cultures from the Ice Age to Early European contact. Handle authentic artifacts from these ancient and mysterious civilizations, who knew a very different way of life in this Ohio River Valley. Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies: 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 2.6, 2.16, 2.18, 2.19, 2.20, 2.33, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.2, 6.3

The Siege that Never Occurred
The year is 1862. The setting is the Northern Kentucky hilltops.  Follow the exploits of Union generals, Confederate scouts, “Squirrel Hunters,” African-American laborers, and regular townspeople as they prepare for a confrontation in defense of Cincinnati.  Discuss the reasons for defending Cincinnati versus Northern Kentucky as well as individual     reasons for aiding in the war effort.   Handle period artillery and camp artifacts as this   riveting story comes to life. Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies: 1.3, 1.4, 2.14, 2.18, 2.19, 2.20, 2.33, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.2, 6.3

Freedom Stations
Meet daring “conductors” such as Sojourner Truth, John Parker, Harriet Tubman, Peg- Leg Joe, John and Jean Rankin, and many others who risked their lives to insure freedom for all people. Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies:1.3, 1.4, 2.14, 2.16, 2.18, 2.33, 5.3, 5.5, 6.2, 6.3

At Home, at School, at Play--Over 100 Years Ago
No homework?  No time out?  No braces?  No kidding!  Well, maybe. Find out just what you would be doing if you were a boy or a girl during the late 1800s.  Try your hand at a few chores, learn an old-fashioned lesson or two, and play some old style games! Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies: 1.3, 1.4, 1.15, 2.20, 2.31, 2.33, 5.3, 6.2, 6.3

Artistic Heritage

The Beauty of Folk Art
Folk Art is also uncommonly wonderful.  Reflect on the art work of Kentucky’s own Mary Bruce Sharon an “Americana” artist whose art reflects exquisite sense of color and a flair for design. Enjoy the ingenuity and whimsy of many homespun art forms in Behringer-Crawford Museum’s Folk Art collection and gather ideas for your handiwork..                                                                                       Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies: 1.3, 1.4, 1.13, 2.33, 2.24, 2.26, 2.33, 5.1, 5.3, 6.2, 6.3

Harlan Hubbard: Art of Life, Life of Art
Harlan Hubbard was a type of a concertmaster.  His life was a concert of nature, work and art.  With his favorite accompanist, his wife Anna, Harlan worked out a life “On the Fringe of Society” in which art, music, and literature were as crucial to his day as was tending his garden or chopping wood.  Follow Harlan and Anna Hubbard’s adventures on their shanty boat and in their primitive river cabin through paintings, woodcuts, journals boat models.  The Behringer-Crawford Museum is the largest public holder of the works of Northern Kentucky native Harlan Hubbard.                                                                                             Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.13, 1.16, 2.4, 2.19, 2.23, 2.24, 2.26, 2.33, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3

American Indian Design
Examine primitive ceremonial and decorative art pieces of prehistoric American Indians made from rocks, animal remains and clay, as well as finely wrought moccasins,  weaving, and intricate bead work of the Plains Indians from Behringer’s early collection.  Trace common design patterns found in American Indian art forms over thousands of years.                                                             Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies: 1.3, 1.4, 1.13, 2.18, 2.20, 2.23, 2.25, 2.26, 2.33, 5.3, 6.2, 6.3


Rollin on the River
Learn about the different forms of transportation that have been used on the Ohio River from the Indians to modern day.  Find out why the Ohio River play an important role in the development of this area.
Fulfills Kentucky Program of Studies:  1.3, 1.4, 2.2, 2.9, 2.18, 2.19, 2.2, 6.2, 6.3

School Tours