I had the priviledge of goint to Museum Village in Monroe, New York with my first grade students for a field trip. The cost to enter was $12.00 per person or you can get a school rate. This is a living museum where we were able to hear the soiunds, taste the foods, and performed tasks of life as if we were in the 19th century.
Museum Village opened up it's doors on July1, 1950. Today, more than fifty years later, it still pursues the founders vision of educating generations of Americans about the work and life of their ancestors. The museum has many educational programs, hands o exhibits, and special events throughout the year. The museum inspired an appreciation for the evolution of indutry and technology in America.
While there, my students and I were able to do the following: weave cloth, make prints, make candles, spin wool, prepare wool, make brooms, bake bread, dye fabric, stencil, and much more. We had a blast doing all of these things. We were truly able to see how people worked and dressed a long time ago.
There were many other exhibits which my students and I were able to view. They include; a one room schoolhouse, antique tools, antique fire engines, an old pharmacy/soda shoppe, and old weapons. The kids and I had a fabulous day as well as learning so much about the history of our ancestors.
At lunchtime, we were able to eat ouor bag lunches on picnic benches in a beautiful grassy field. If you did not bring your lunch, there was a snackbar where you could get anything from burgers to ice cream. We also enjoyed visiting the gift shop before returning to our bus. The kids bought things like rock candy, molasses candy, reproduction money, old maps, fudge, and many other goodies.
Museum Village is a great place to visit as a family or with a school group. We learned a lot and had fun doing so. During the year, there are many programs to include a summer program. If you want, you can even have yoiur birthday there. I highly recommend this museum if you are in the area. It is well worth the trip!