Museum of Man K-12 Education Programs

Education programs at the Museum of Man are designed to meet each grade level’s need through engaging, standards based hands-on museum experiences. Let SDMoM support your students’ knowledge and growth while meeting a variety of CA state standards year round!

Educational Experiences include:

  • Self-Guided ($5.00 per student): Includes general admission to the Museum and allows chaperone-led student groups to explore at their own pace. Plan for a 60 minute experience.
  • Guided Tour ($6.00 per student): Gives students access to the Museum, as well as an in-depth one hour tour on an exhibit of your choice led by a museum educator. Plan for a 90 minute experience.
  • Workshop ($9.00 per student): Art workshops are available as an add-on to guided tours. This includes the guided tour and a 45 minute hands-on art project expanding on the themes of the tour. Plan for a 1.5 hour experience.

Education Program Reservations do not include entrance to special exhibits that require an extra charge. Do not use the register today link for special exhibitions, please contact directly.

Please visit your grade level page to see a complete listing of recommended programs and the California state standards they meet.

Popular exhibit education programs:

 Ancient Egypt

Students will journey back in time to the ancient city of Amarna, the childhood home of King Tut! In this fascinating exhibit showcasing 3,000-year-old artifacts, students can observe ancient life and death on the Nile. This experience will inspire scientific inquiry and awe through the artistic creativity of these priceless artifacts, including the rare coffin of a young child, one of seven in the known world!


Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth

This exhibit features awe inspiring replicas of majestic Maya monuments from the Maya city of Quirigua, Guatemala. Translations of intricate glyphs carved on the monuments recount events in Maya history and the lives of Maya rulers. The exhibit demonstrates how these colossal monuments were constructed and features artifacts from Maya culture, including jade, pottery, figurines, sacred ceramic offering vessels, and more.


Footsteps Through Time: 4 Million Years of Evolution

This exhibit is presented through more than 75 interactive exhibit components funded by the National Science Foundation. Explore concepts of change over time, genetics, natural selection, bipedalism, biotechnology, cultural development, and archaeology. A three-dimensional stratigraphy wall explains how geological layers and scientific tools are used to determine the age of an archaeological finding. Learn about the prehistoric tools of the first handy man, Homo habilis. Investigate how tools have evolved with the hands-on tool box.


Kumeyaay: Native Californians

Explore the indigenous culture of San Diego’s Kumeyaay people. See how the abundant natural resources of our region provided food, water, clothing, shelter, and medicine to local inhabitants. This exhibit of the indigenous Kumeyaay people of San Diego sheds light on the rich cultural history and traditions of San Diego County. Observe authentic artifacts such as: pottery, basketry, tools for hunting, traditional dress, and objects of daily life. Learn how the Kumeyaay adapted and utilized seasonal resources responsibly and respectfully in a diverse climate before freeways and supermarkets.


Race: Are We So Different?

This exhibit explains in clear, helpful language the origins of race and racism, and helps us understand how to deal with them in productive, enlightening ways. The tour aims to teach about the history of race in America, the unfounded scientific basis of race as a tool for division and discrimination, and the ways in which all of our lives are impacted, in one way or another, by race and ethnicity. Engage in a small-group dialogue and hands-on activities to improve communication and understanding of differences at school and beyond.