Culture CaraVan: Outreach Programs for
School and Community Groups

Let us deliver the world's cultures right to your classroom with objects from the Haffenreffer Museum's famous collections! The Museum has brought experiential educational programs to school classrooms, libraries, camps, and after school programs for more than 30 years. Discover what we have to offer you and your school this year!

Liven up your day with a visit from the Museum's Culture CaraVan!

We bring an assortment of hands-on materials and projects to your classrooms or site so that students can examine real museum objects and natural materials with images and discussions topics tailored to the age of your group. Our engaging programs and pre-visit materials will help you meet a wide range of curriculum standards that will enhance your lesson plan. Choose from eight exciting programs that bring the past and present to life in your classroom. Craft projects are part of most programs.

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For more information or to book a program, contact us at 401-863-5700 or

Scheduling: Culture CaraVan programs are available Monday through Friday in two-hour time slots, however, we can adjust any program to fit shorter class periods. We can adapt each program for any grade level, and we will make every effort to accommodate the needs of your group.

Register as early as possible! Although we may be able to meet shorter requests, six weeks in advance is a good rule of thumb due to the popularity of these programs.

To ensure a quality experience, there is a maximum of 30 students per session. If your group surpasses 30, we recommend scheduling two consecutive sessions.

Cost: One session; $6 per person, $150 minimum charge. Two sessions on the same day (one morning / one afternoon session); $6 per person, $270 minimum charge.  A gas fee of $15 per ten mile increment may be charged to locations over forty miles from the Museum's site in Bristol.

Chaperones: A classroom teacher or aide must be in the classroom at all times to assist the museum educator.

Cancellations: A two-week notice is required for all cancellations or a $50 cancellation fee will be charged (except for snow days).

Special needs: If any in your group have special needs, please let us know when you are scheduling. We are committed to having our programs accessible to all.

Culture CaraVan Programs

Follow the links below for program descriptions and state standards

Culture Caravan Around the World — Yesterday and Today

Sankofa:  African Americans in Rhode Island

Dig It! Discovering Archaeology

Culture Connect:  Experience the Cultures of the World


Native Peoples of the Americas

Indigenous People of Central America

Native People of Southeastern New England

Native People of the Arctic

Native People of the Plains

Native People of the Southwest:  The Hopi


Visit the Museum!

Groups are welcome to visit the Haffenreffer Museum's exhibits located in Manning Hall at Brown University (21 Prospect street, Providence).  Current exhibits are listed on our website.  The Museum is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Groups of more than ten participants are encouraged to call at least two weeks in advance to schedule a visit.  There is a maximum of 40 group participants allowed in the Museum at any one time.  K-12 school groups must be accompanied by one adult chaperone per ten students.  Guided tours and exhibit-related activities may be available upon request.  The Museum is wheelchair accessible.