The Camp­bell House offers a vari­ety of edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams and tours, which can be adapt­ed to fit most any age group (includ­ing inquis­i­tive adults) 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 largest 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 $5 per stu­dent, schools are encour­aged to con­tact the Muse­um to dis­cuss pric­ing. Teach­ers, chap­er­ones and dri­vers are free. Groups of up to 60 peo­ple can be accommodated.

There is a mul­ti-pur­pose room that can be uti­lized for bagged lunch­es.  Bus­es are autho­rized to park at meters on the street with­out pay­ing a park­ing meter.


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.

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)

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

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

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

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)

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