Education - Programs and Tours
The Hudson Museum offers guided tours and gallery programs for elementary and secondary school groups, as well as programs for University students and learners of all ages. Additionally, we offer programs that support state mandated educational initiatives.
Buses should arrive on campus at least 10 minutes prior to the group’s tour time. UMaine Police advise that all buses should enter campus off Rt. 2 on the Rangeley Road. (Bangor Savings Bank is on the corner). At the Belgrade Road spur, buses should bear left and proceed on Belgrade Road heading towards the Memorial Union Circle. Buses should proceed around the circle and stop to off-load students at the stop sign across from the glass entry pavilion of the Collins Center for the Arts. Once students have exited the bus, buses are to park in the Hilltop lots.
Tour and Gallery Program Information
Excavate the only indoor archaeological site in Maine in the comfort of the Hudson Museum. Students will excavate the Museum’s Arch Box, learn about the techniques that archaeologists use to understand the past; record and identify artifacts; map their locations and understand their context; and determine what types of activities were going on at the site. This activity is designed for 8 to 10 students and requires a minimum of 1 hour. Appropriate for students in grades 3 and up.
Learn about the material culture of Maine’s four tribes, focusing on birchbark work, basketry, and carving traditions. Listen to a traditional Penobscot tale, play waltes, a Northeastern bowl and dice game, and make a bookmark or traditional container.
This program focuses on the Native Peoples of Maine, the Southwest, the Northwest Coast and the Arctic. Learn about the environments in which they live, their way of life through the objects that they make, and traditional artforms and activities.
Learn about the civilizations–Olmec to Aztec–of Mesoamerica through artifacts from the Hudson Museum’s collection. This program is geared to middle school students.
New Web-based Educational Resources to support the teaching of Maine Indian History and Culture. The video segments that are featured in the Maine Indian Gallery’s Native Voices kiosks are available for use in your classroom now.
The Quimby Family Foundation is generously sponsoring a fieldtrip fund, which will help defray transportation costs and tour and performance fees for Collins Center for the Arts. Funds will support fieldtrips taken during the 2013-2014 school year, for schools in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, Waldo, Hancock and Aroostook counties.
To apply to this fund, school teachers must complete a one-page application addressing the goals of their trip, how it meets state mandated education initiatives, and how this opportunity will enhance classroom learning. The application form requests specific budget information for transportation costs based on a per mile expense for the bus plus driver costs. Schools are be required to match 1:1 the amount requested and requests may not exceed $500 per school.
Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the intended visit or performance date. Please apply early, as we do not expect to be able to accommodate all requests!