Education

The Camp­bell House offers a vari­ety of edu­ca­tional pro­grams and tours, which can be adapted to fit most any age group and curriculum.

Click on the tabs above to view spe­cific exam­ples of some of our cur­ricu­lum and edu­ca­tional pro­gram­ming and read more about the Museum’s newest edu­ca­tional ini­tia­tive, the Urban Museum Col­lab­o­ra­tive.

Very often, we hear from teach­ers that field trips and out­side edu­ca­tional pro­grams are dif­fi­cult to jus­tify or orga­nize because of the increas­ing need to adhere to gov­ern­ment edu­ca­tion stan­dards.  To help alle­vi­ate this, we’ve included Com­mon Core Mis­souri State Stan­dards in the intro­duc­tions to each pro­gram.  For more infor­ma­tion on the Com­mon Core State Stan­dards Ini­tia­tive, click here.

Flex­i­ble appoint­ments for these pro­grams and tours are avail­able every day of the year except national hol­i­days. The rate for groups of 10 or more is $7 per stu­dent, schools are encour­aged to con­tact the Museum to dis­cuss pric­ing. Teach­ers and dri­vers are free. Groups of up to 60 peo­ple can be accommodated.

Weather per­mit­ting, the Museum’s gar­den can be used to eat bag lunches. There are also numer­ous restau­rants within walk­ing dis­tance. Buses are autho­rized to park in front of the build­ing with­out pay­ing the park­ing meter.

Tours

Edu­ca­tional tours are designed to incor­po­rate a vari­ety of top­ics and themes. Some sug­gested top­ics are listed below, and we wel­come any top­ics not listed. Vis­i­tors are wel­come to choose one or more top­ics to be incor­po­rated into the gen­eral tour.

Education2His­tory
The Camp­bell fam­ily lived in St. Louis at a time of great indus­trial and social change.  Robert Camp­bell made his for­tune in many busi­ness expen­di­tures, includ­ing steam­boats and hotels.  He obtained the great­est suc­cess from his involve­ment with fur.  His­tor­i­cal tours con­cen­trate on a vari­ety of sub­jects.
Camp­bell Fam­ily his­tory
Employ­ment (see also Eco­nom­ics)
Gen­eral overview of St. Louis his­tory
Changes in econ­omy (see also Eco­nom­ics)
Changes in soci­ety (see also Human­i­ties)
Immi­gra­tion

Human­i­ties (Soci­ol­ogy and Anthro­pol­ogy)
These tours look closely at the peo­ple of St. Louis, their rela­tion­ships, every­day liv­ing and how soci­ety was affected by the many changes tak­ing place in St. Louis and Amer­ica as a whole.
Roles of women, men and chil­dren
Old Money vs. New Money, the joy and con­se­quence of eco­nomic suc­cess in St. Louis
Soci­etal struc­ture (the class sys­tem in Amer­ica)
Soci­etal rit­u­als, par­ties and other social gath­er­ings, mate­r­ial cul­ture, such as fur­ni­ture and dress/fashion (see also Art & Archi­tec­ture)
Roles of ser­vants (maids, but­lers, cooks, etc.)
Shop­ping and Entertainment

Education3Eco­nom­ics
The nine­teenth cen­tury wit­nessed dra­matic eco­nomic changes through­out Amer­ica.
Steam­boat indus­try
Fur trade in Mis­souri
Indus­trial Revolution

Geog­ra­phy
St. Louis was built as a river town, but as the town’s depen­dence on rail and auto travel increased, its depen­dence on the river less­ened.
St. Louis land­scape, how cities change over time
Flight and blights, changes in city land­scape based on soci­etal and eco­nomic perspectives

Sci­ence
The Camp­bell House restora­tion pro­vides an excel­lent oppor­tu­nity to see sci­ence in action.
Con­ser­va­tion tech­niques and restora­tion meth­ods
Envi­ron­men­tal and health issues
Nine­teenth cen­tury med­ical practices

Education1Art & Archi­tec­ture
The Museum’s unique build­ings house an unpar­al­leled col­lec­tion of orig­i­nal Camp­bell fam­ily exam­ples of dec­o­ra­tive arts.
Devel­op­ment of Amer­i­can res­i­den­tial archi­tec­tural styles
Vic­to­rian dec­o­ra­tive arts and inte­rior design (includ­ing fur­ni­ture, paint­ing, sculp­ture and fabrics)

Mis­cel­la­neous
Teacher Devel­op­ment: How can teach­ers use muse­ums to sup­ple­ment class­room learn­ing
Foun­da­tions of museum curatorship