Educational Initiatives

The Museum's Department of Education offer guided tours in conjunction with the SOL's.

Elementary, Middle School, and Junior High Programs

Elementary, Middle school and High school programs are available for grades 2nd through 8. Offerings for students at these grade levels provide introduction to the Museum's collection of art and artifacts in proper cultural and historical context and explore the relationship between form and meaning. High school programs are structured to facilitate in-depth exploration of the Museum's collection. The Museum's Department of Education offer guided tours in conjunction with the SOL's.

Contact crystalc.johnson@hamptonu.edu or 757.727-5980 to schedule a tour.

For pre-K through 1st grade you may be interested in reserving a space in The Curiosity Room.

The Curiosity Room is located on the 2nd floor of the Hampton University Museum. It is a place where children can learn to appreciate and explore the many facets of art. The room is designed for pre-school with structured activities in the room. Children receive guided tours designed for their age level. The room is open on the following Thursdays:

  • March 21, 2013
  • April 18, 2013
  • May 16, 2013

For reservations please call 757.727.5508 or vanessa.thaxton-ward@hamptonu.edu. Maximum class size is ten and the minimum class size is three. The room is sponsored by GWWA (The Greater Williamsburg Women's Association).

Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens are welcomed for guided tours of the museum and campus. Contact vanessa.thaxton-ward@hamptonu.edu.

To Schedule a tour of the museum please call a minimum of two weeks in advance - 757.727.5308.

Special Workshops for Students

HUM is looking for African American students in grades 8 -12 to participate in our LIFE AS A MP: MUSEUM PROFESSIONALS SATURDAY EXPLORATORY SERIES. This program is grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We offer hands-on, interactive workshops to expose African American middle and high school students to the wide array of careers within the museum and archival field. Workshops include guest speakers who are currently working within the museum fields of installations, design, conservation and digitization. The deadline for applications has been extended so apply soon. The first session will begin on February 9, 2013.

Contact Ms. Johnson or Ms. Thaxton-Ward for applications to participate in this program. Last year we had students from Eaton MS, Tabb HS, Woodside HS, Phoebus HS and Bethel HS; this year we hope to add students from your school.  For more information, contact Crystal Johnson (crystalc.johnson@hamptonu.edu) or Vanessa Thaxton-Ward (vanessa.thaxton-ward@hamptonu.edu).

This program has been filled.  Please review photographs from the 2011-2012 MP Workshops.