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Kids!The Behringer-Crawford Museum is a unique setting for interactive learning! All permanent exhibits include touchable objects to supplement the learning process. Additionally, special activities and exhibits include historic toys and trains available for play.

See the Activities page for additional upcoming events!


Become a Junior Tour Guide

Children can tour the museum using our specially designed self-guided tour brochures.  With the help of parents, our youngest visitors can follow a series of rhyming clues as they search the museum.  Older children can discover the museum by finding the answers to questions about each room.  All children who use our children's self-guided tour sheets receive a Junior Tour Guide certificate before they leave the museum.


Become a Junior Naturalist

Active learners enjoy the child friendly "Kentucky, Naturally!" gallery through self discovery field guide activities.  Using track packs filled with naturalist tools including binoculars, compasses and rulers, students become great scientists of the outdoors.    Following in the path of Constantine Rafinesque (one of Kentucky’s earliest naturalists whose study is represented in the gallery) and the colorful animal tracks around the gallery, students can investigate the animals found in their own backyards as well as their natural curiosities in a safe and fun “outdoor” environment!  All children who complete the Junior Naturalist activity receive a Junior Naturalist certificate before they leave the museum.

Fossil Hunts

Join your community and/or your specific organization for an exciting fossil hunt.

Dig up some fun in the family style program "Who wants to be a Paleontologist?"  Enjoy an overview program on Ordovician fossils at the museum and then head out to a local fossil hunting site to collect a bit of prehistory!  You get to keep what you find!

Holiday Toy Trains

Train Our most popular exhibit for children is scheduled from late November through early January each year.  This interactive train display is perfect for small children.  Our many seasonal programs and interactive zones throughout the museum are a great addition to the fun holiday toy trains.

Museum Fun Facts

The Kentucky

Biggest Artifact: The Streetcar Kentucky

The streetcar "Kentucky" is believed to be the last four-wheel parlor car in original and operating condition in the United States.  Built in the late 1800s as a standard car by the Brownell Car Company, the Kentucky was rebuilt as a first class, deluxe parlor car in 1911 complete with plush wicker chairs, carpeting, draperies, cherry paneling, and electric heat. The Kentucky was the last car to operate on the Cincinnati, Newport, and Covington Railway Line.

The car has undergone a complete restoration by the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) and is located on the first floor of the museum’s 15,000 square foot expansion.

Gross Out a Kid:  Shrunken Head

The shrunken head, from the Amazon Basin, was part of the original collection of this museum. Collected by William Behringer, a namesake of the museum, it exemplified the oddities and curiosities displayed in the early years of the museum (1950s).

Oldest Specimen: Ordovician Fossils

Our Ordovician fossils date to approximately 450 million years ago when the shallow, salt water Ordovician Sea covered Northern Kentucky.  Visitors can discover our underwater prehistory through the museum's fossil collection and fossil hunts.

Two Headed Calf!Weirdest artifact: our infamous Two Headed Calf!

Listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, this ca. 1916 Siamese calf was first exhibited at the Lewis Street “zoo” in Covington before making its home at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in 1950. The large Jersey calf, named "Dido," had 6 legs, 2 hearts, 2 brains, and 2 lungs as well as a head on each end of its body.

Oldest Artifact: Paleolithic Tools


Paleo-Americans called Northern Kentucky home some 10,000 years ago. The museum dedicates multiple display spaces to the lifestyles and cultures of our early inhabitants. At our Interactive Kiosk, Kids can learn all about how these early cultures lived and hunted large vertebrate animals.  Look around Behringer-Crawford Museum - can you find examples of these animals?

 
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