Today we decided to go on an adventure through time at the Missouri History Museum. Even though I’ve lived close to St. Louis for the majority of my life, I had somehow never gotten around to checking this museum out until now.
I know, worst “St. Louisan” ever!
(Unfortunately my photos from this trip are terrible quality. That’s what I get for bringing my cell phone into dimly lit rooms! Lesson learned!)
Homeschool Field Trip: Missouri History Museum
As a family of homeschoolers who loves to travel, one of our favorite ways to learn is by exploring life outside the textbooks. Even though we didn’t have to travel far for this field trip, it was still an exciting adventure for our family.
I was actually pretty surprised by how much I enjoyed the museum because honestly, I’m not a huge fan of history or museums for that matter. The girls surprisingly loved it as well! Sometimes I think I underestimate how much they love to learn!
Hands down, our favorite exhibit we saw was the kids clubhouse, and it definitely did not disappoint!
Here the girls were able to learn more about what life was like throughout Missouri’s history in a more hands-on way.
This section of the museum was like a giant game of make believe that took place back in time as the girls explored replica’s of old diners and even riverboats traveling along the Mississippi River.
They were able to dress up in period clothing, and pretend like they were servers and passengers just as past Missourians once did.
Their favorite part of this area was the Cahokia exhibit. They had a replica homestead complete with a hut, canoe and a lake to go “fishing”in. There was also a fake campfire, garden area, and so much more. The girls were having a blast in there!
Other highlights of our trip included various section of temporary exhibits throughout the museum.
My favorite exhibit was one dedicated to the old Busch Stadium. It was my favorite because the Hubsterdude and I actually attended the final game ever played in the stadium.
Being there brought me back to that night and the flood of memories, both happy and sad, that came along with the night we said goodbye to the old Stadium
There was also an exhibit that featured the effects of Hitlers propaganda which was the hubsterdude’s favorite since he’s a major history buff.
KK discovered a “really old phone” here in the cutest little 50’s kitchen set up. I couldn’t stop laughing at how funny she was when she noticed it.
The girls really enjoyed an exhibit called “A Walk in 1875 St. Louis”. They learned about what kids played with and what hadn’t even been invented yet in those days.
If you ever have a chance to visit this museum I highly recommend it. The exhibits are always changing so there’s always something new to see and learn about.
They also offer a special day for homeschool families on the first Monday of each month of the school year. There are special presentations and classes, as well as crafts and more during these days. Click here to learn more about this.
Have you ever visited the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park? If so, comment below and let us know what your favorite exhibit was!
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