Defined as a museum facility dedicated to the presentation of historical and cultural information about a place and its people, a heritage museum will help you and your students to sympathize with different cultures and get them asking the questions that will help them gain context of how important the historical events you teach about every day truly are.
Sometimes knowing which heritage museum is just right for your group is difficult, however, which is why we've compiled what we believe to be 5 of the very best, and most varied, heritage museums across the U.S.
Below is a list of some of the most sought out heritage museums in the U.S.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
This is a museum that would be perfect for history teachers wishing to delve deeper into Jewish American heritage.The Museum of Jewish Heritage is dedicated to 'teaching the next generations how disastrous an intolerant generation can be'. MJH has tours for different aged school groups and even an ASL interpreter for the hearing impaired, making it perfect for a class trip.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
A great place to explore Western History is the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. It covers cowboys and Indians, as one might expect, but also touches on the development of the West, along with western towns and their people. You can visit the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City.
Nordic Heritage Museum
Located in Seattle, Washington, the Nordic Heritage Museum covers the immigration of Nordic people to America. The Nordic countries include Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Look out for events like Viking Days, musical guests and a variety of artists, when picking your dates to make for an exceptional experience.
Scottish Rite Historical Museum & Library
Free to visit, the Scottish Rite Historical Museum & Library in Lexington, Massachusetts will give you and your students an inside look into the lives of Freemasons. Attached to the museum is the Van Gorden-Williams Library, for those interested in further study. Collectively, Freemasons have played a large part in American history, students will get the opportunity to see documents and hear stories from colonial times to the present.
Heritage Square Museum
Comprised of Victorian Era buildings, the Heritage Square Museum presents the history of how Southern California came to be. HSM even goes as far as keeping the grounds landscaped the same as they would have been in that era. Located in Los Angeles, this nostalgic museum will have you feeling like you traveled back in time.
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