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Educational Programs

for grades K-12

The museum offers a variety of programs for students K-12 that are designed to be both educational and entertaining.

  • Museum tours
  • Sensory Awareness Demonstrations
  • Scavenger Hunt (Communications History Game)
  • Old Time Radio & TV Shows
  • Musical Selections from our vast Record Library
  • Magic Lantern Slides
  • Classic Animation & Short Feature Films from the Origins of Cinema
  • Multicultural, Educational & Storybook Videos

Museum tours are personally guided by our staff and can be tailored to different lengths or areas of interest. Visitors are presented with historical and cultural information on the inventions as well as many demonstrations of these entertaining machines. The sensory awareness demonstrations include Victorian optical toys, 3-D photography, depth perception, Sound Bites (hear music inside your head like Thomas Edison did), a sine wave generator, and the Theremin (a musical instrument you play without touching). Our student tours may be given with a scavenger hunt. This interactive game (for grades three and higher) consists of questions and clues based on specific objects in each of our exhibit rooms.

At the end of the tour, students are given a chance to view a film, listen to an early radio program or watch a magic lantern show. Radio was once known as “the theatre of the mind” because it stimulated the imagination. Beautiful projected images from magic lantern slides can tell visual stories, as they were often made in series form on a variety of subjects and are shown in sequence.

For those groups who have lessons on inventions, inventors, and the media, the museum is a great place to explore the early days of communications. History, science, arts, and social studies groups will also find a wealth of information and resources. Learn while having fun!

If desired, groups may be shared with the Avery Institute of African American History and Culture, also a part of the College of Charleston.