School Tours & Programs

Please schedule school tours at least two weeks in advance. Spring dates fill up fast, so don’t delay. We ask that one adult accompany each eight students visiting the Museum. To schedule a school tour, call 616.842.0700 or email Cate Reed at

*Please note- in cases of inclement weather, please refer to school closing information. If Grand Haven Public Schools are closed, the museum is automatically on a 2 hour delay, and any scheduled school tours are automatically cancelled.

What is a Museum?

This 45-minute tour introduces different types of museums, museum artifacts, and ways to learn at a museum. Ideal for preschool and kindergarten students.

1st Grade Tour

This 2-hour tour gives young learners a brief introduction to Michigan history, with an overview of the Museum’s permanent exhibits followed by hands-on activities.

2nd Grade Tour

Focusing on Native American Life, The Fur Trade, Michigan’s Lumbering Era, Michigan Pioneers, Farming, and Victorian Life in America, this 3.5-hour tour is set to meet state curriculum guidelines for Social Studies. A walking tour of downtown is an optional culminating activity.

2nd Grade Classroom Visits

This is an seven-week series of visits to local classrooms by a Museum staff member or trained docent who will present on Native Americans, The Fur Trade, Lumbering, Pioneers/Erie Canal, Farming, the Victorian Era, and Old-Fashioned Games. Following each session, children can complete a workbook page (developed and provided by the Museum). Each weekly session lasts 30 minutes—and the series perfectly culminates with a tour of the Museum, if you wish!

3rd Grade Tour

Designed to meet state curriculum guidelines for Social Studies, this 3.5-hour tour delves deeper into Native Americans and the Environment, Native American Myths and Legends, The Fur Trade, Pioneer Life (including making fresh butter), The Erie Canal's Impact on Michigan, and Michigan Rocks and Minerals.

4th-12th Grade Tours

Our Education Department staff can assist teachers in designing a tour to fit specific needs or focus on one of the Museum’s temporary exhibits.

DeWitt School Program

This one-room schoolhouse experience is one of a kind! It’s geared toward 3rd and 4th graders, who will spend a full day just as students did in 1895. A pre-visit will be scheduled in the classroom to prepare students for the experience.

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