Education Programming


Field Trips

Field trips for school and youth groups include the underground tour of the 1845 Bevans Lead Mine, aboveground mine train ride (weather permitting), the Mining Museum exhibits, and the Rollo Jamison Museum exhibits. Tour are easily modified to fit with your learning objectives and benchmarks.


  • A typical tour takes two hours.
  • Field trips are available year-round.
  • Cost: $4.00 per student and parent chaperones.
  • Teachers and student aides are complimentary.
  • Group size should not exceed 100 students.
  • Call (608) 348-3301 or email to schedule or with questions.

Special Exhibit Field Trips

Groups can tour the special exhibits such as the Christmas exhibit, toy train exhibit or any of the changing exhibits focusing on local history. Call (608) 348-3301 or email to schedule or with questions.

Visits to Schools

Museum staff can visit your classroom with artifacts (some hands-on) for show and tell. Because the museum has a wide range of items in its collection, new topics can be designed to fit a teacher's theme. Call (608) 348-3301 or email to schedule or with questions.

Past themes include:

  • Lead and Zinc Mining
  • Colonial Days
  • Pioneer Life
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder's World
  • Logging Tools
  • Games of the Past
  • Butter Making
  • All Kinds of Hats (or Hats-The Letter H for kindergarten classes)

Young Pioneers

This summer program is open to those entering 2nd through 5th grades. The Young Pioneers learn about Native Americans, dig for lead ore, prepare 19th century foods, and play games from the past. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required