Learn - Student & Teacher Resources

Thinking of bringing a group of schoolchildren to the Museum of Durham History?

Here are a few things to know:

  • There is parking available next to the museum and we can accommodate most school/activity busses.
  • For group visits, the museum comfortably holds groups of 10-15 students and chaperones. This allows enough room for people to move around, look at the exhibits, and complete the self-guided activities. Larger groups can divide into sub-groups and rotate through the museum while other groups go on self-guided walking tours. If you have a larger group, contact Jeanette Shaffer at 919-246-9993 or jshaffer@modh.org to discuss options.
  • You are welcome to make use of our large gazebo for a snack or lunch before or after your visit.
  • We currently have two self-guided activities at the museum: I-Spy Activity for lower-elementary and the MoDH Scavenger Hunt for upper-elementary students (and above). These activities are updated as exhibits rotate, so it’s a good idea to touch base with us for the most recent version.


Online Resources for Students & Teachers:

North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library – an extensive collection of digitized photographs, online exhibits and other resources.

Open Durham – an open source community archive of people and places in Durham. Open Durham is compiled by community members – consider having advanced students add to the database.

Durham, A Self Portrait – documentary film of national broadcast quality with a companion school video and teaching guide.

Emergence of Early Advertising – Duke University Rubenstein Library  – a digitized collection of early advertisements, including many from Durham tobacco companies.

John Hope Franklin Research Center for African American History & Culture

Mapping Civil & Human Rights History in Durham – The Pauli Murray Project

The Bull City:  A Short History of Durham, North Carolina  – compiled by Lynn Richardson, local history librarian, Durham County Library, and adapted from Durham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina by Jean Anderson

Women on Durham’s Black Wall Street – The Pauli Murray Project