History Museum Educational Programs

Recurring weekly on Friday until Apr 30.

Some events listed here have been canceled or postponed due to the Covid-19 emergency. It is best to call ahead or check with the organizer's websites to verify the status of any local event.


History Museum on the Square has an exciting new program to assist parents with learning pods, virtual learning, and homeschooling. Every Friday at 2 pm, homeschool and pod learning elementary students can join the History Museum on the Square for a history program and gallery tour that supports Missouri Learning Standards. Each Friday from now until May 2021, the Museum will have a rotating program topic. Each program is geared toward the 2nd - 5th-grade level. The cost for nonmembers is $13.00 per person, the member price is $5.00 per person.  This includes admission to the museum and the program.  Pre-registration required.  Private group programs are also available. If you are interested in reserving a program on any of the topics just for your group contact, Palmer Johnson, [email protected] to get the cost and reserve a time.


“With all the unexpected challenges we’ve faced during the pandemic, we’re excited to offer socially distanced programming that supports Missouri Learning Standards,” said Palmer Johnson, History Museum on the Square Educator. “Not only do kids get a presentation with historical replicas, but they also get to tour the rest of our museum after the program. It’s a great way to ensure safe learning.”


Upcoming Field Trip Friday Programs:


October 2nd - The Pioneers and Founding of Springfield

Examine Springfield's origins and incorporation in this journey through time. We will discuss the causes of westward expansion, the lives of Springfield's first settlers, the former city of North Springfield, and the significance of the Frisco railroad to our city's rise in stature. Grades 3-5


October 9th - The Civil War in Southwest Missouri

Take a look at southwest Missouri’s role in the Civil War. We will discuss the conflict's causes and consequences, the specific battles that took place in the area, and the daily life of soldiers and civilians during wartime. Grades 3-5

October 16th – Native American History

Learn the history of the local Native American presence spanning hundreds of years. We will discuss the local tribes, the importance of the buffalo in daily life, the practical relevance of arts and crafts, and the impact of westward expansion. Grades 2-5


October 23rd - The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Join us as we probe the adventures of the Corps of Discovery. We will discuss the events that led to the Louisiana Purchase, the daily life of an explorer on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the consequences of their journey for the United States and beyond. Grades 3-5


About History Museum on the Square

History Museum on the Square is located at 154 Park Central Square in Springfield, Missouri and was named the 2019 #1 Best New Attraction in the Country by readers of USA TODAY. Admission rates for the museum are $16 for adults; $13 for seniors (65-plus), students of any age with a valid ID, and members of the military their families; $10 for children ages 4-12; and free to those under the age of three. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. Groups of ten or more can be accommodated with 48-hours’-notice. For more information, and to view an online library of digitized historic photos, visit www.HistoryMuseumOnTheSquare.org.

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Dates Recurring weekly on Friday until Apr 30.
Time 2:00pm
Location History Museum on the Square
Address 154 Park Central Square - Springfield, MO 65806
Phone Number (417) 831-1976
Website http://historymuseumonthesquare.org/
A thorough effort has been made by the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) to provide complete and accurate event listings. This information has been gathered from reliable sources, but it is still possible that all information may not be accurate. In addition, events are occasionally canceled, rescheduled, or postponed for a variety of reasons, and the SCVB is not always aware of these changes. As a result, the SCVB is not responsible for the accuracy of event information. It is recommended that participants verify information with the event organizer prior to attending or purchasing event tickets.

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