History to Go

Class Reading

All Virginia Beach History Museums Educational Programs are currently being redeveloped and are unavailable until February 2022. We appreciate your patience during this time, and please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 757-385-5100, or vbhistory@vbgov.com, if you have questions.


Outreach programs are led by Virginia Beach History Museums educators. These programs are strongly aligned with the most up-to-date SOLs for Social Studies (2015) and Science (2010). By engaging students in hands-on activities and encouraging critical thinking your students will learn while having fun!

Outreach programs are designed to accommodate one class, last 45-minutes and cost just $75. Pre-visit and post-visit activities are available upon request. Please plan to make reservations for school programs at least two weeks in advance of visit.

For more information, please call (757) 385-5100 or email VBhistory@vbgov.com


Woodland Indians of Virginia
Students will discover how Native Americans lived and thrived in Virginia prior to European arrival. Learn about daily life for the Powhatan Indians, how the environment of Virginia impacted life, and practice map skills to locate Powhatan Indian territory. With reproduction artifacts and hands-on activities your students will enjoy learning about the Woodland Indians of Virginia.

Social Studies SOLs: K.1, K.7, 1.1, 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8
Science SOLs: K.6, K.7, 1.7, 1.8, 2.5, 2.7

History Mystery Reader
Bring history to life with this engaging staff-led program. A historic interpreter dressed in period attire will read a storybook to your class, discuss life in the colonies, and lead students in creating a take-home craft. *Several topics available including Thanksgiving, American Revolution, and colonial Virginia.

Social Studies SOLs: Dependent on topic selected.


Woodland Indians of Virginia
From mapping important water features and studying how the geography of Virginia impacted life, to analyzing primary source images and learning about the organisms that call Virginia home, students actively participate in this program. This lesson meets cross-curriculum standards on watersheds, resources, and organisms all through the exploration of reproduction Virginia Indian artifacts.

Social Studies SOLs: 3.8, VS.1, VS.2, VS.3
Science SOLs: 4.9, 5.5

Force, Motion, and Energy
Teach your students about simple and compound machines through toys and tools. In this immersive program students travel back in time to Colonial Virginia to learn about how force, motion, and energy were used 300 years ago. From playing with the hoop and stick to the buzzsaw, students experiment with everyday toys and tools that enhanced colonial life. Students will be asked to draw comparisons to the toys and tools of today as they study simple machines and experiment with motion.

Social Studies SOLs: VS.1, VS.4
Science SOLs: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2


The Virginia Beach History Museums are excited to offer teacher resources in the form of traveling trunks. Traveling trunks come complete with reproduction artifacts, lesson plans, and activities your students will enjoy. Schedule a time to pick up a traveling trunk today.​

Growing Up Colonial: Life in Early Virginia
Use this traveling trunk to guide your students to make connections between the past and the present by analyzing artifacts, gathering evidence through hands-on lessons, and participating in class discussions. Discover how colonial life was different from life today, learn how resources shaped daily life, and explore the difficulties of life in colonial Virginia.

Social Studies SOLs covered: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.8, 1.1, 1.7, 2.1, VS.1, VS.4, USI.1, USI.5

From Slavery to Abolition (1793-1860)
T​he Virginia Beach History Museums are excited to announce the addition of a new resource to our History to Go! programs. “From Slavery to Abolition (1793-1860)” is a traveling trunk geared toward middle and high school students. This trunk engages students with primary source documents and reproduction artifacts. Students will explore artifacts related to the daily lives of enslaved people and discuss which events of the 19th century most impacted their lives. Through the analysis of primary sources, students will come face to face with the struggles of slaves and the issues plaguing a divided nation.

Middle School SOLs covered: VS.1, VS.6, VS.7, USI.7, USI.8, USI.9
High School SOLs covered: VUS.1, VUS.6

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