Education


Education and tours

Guided School Tours

The Berks History Center offers guided tours for students in elementary, middle and high school, as well as college-age students. Home-schooled children and scout groups are most welcome. Pre-school age children are invited to visit the Hands-On History Room and a shortened tour of the museum. Guided tours are also offered to adult groups including assisted living facilities and senior groups.

Tour Fees

Museum admission is $2 per person for guided tours for groups. A ratio of one accompanying adult per six students is required for children ages seven years and younger, and a ratio of one adult per ten students is required for children ages eight and older. Guided tours are conducted by professionally trained volunteer docents as well as the Education Curator of the Berks History Center.

Scheduling Your Group Tour

To schedule a tour for school, college, home-school or adult groups contact Vicky Heffner, Education Curator, at education@berkshistory.org or 610.375.4375.

Payment

Payment can be made day of tour with cash, check or credit card. Groups will be charged only for the number of persons who are present for the tour.

Arrival

For groups arriving by bus, please drop off directly in front of the museum on Centre Avenue. The bus will need to park further down the street. If arriving by car, street parking is ample directly in front of the museum on Centre Avenue, behind the building on Second Street, and groups can also park in the lot surrounding the Henry Janssen Library located on Spring Street. For persons requiring handicapped accessibility, park in the lot or on Second Street and enter the building by the side door. The Education Curator will greet your group upon arrival.

Educational Improvement Organization

The Berks History Center is now recognized as an Educational Improvement Organization. Please inquire about assistance with busing and admission fee waivers for your school group.

Academic Standards

Berks History Center’s educational programs fulfill all four of the academic standards for history as set forth by the state of Pennsylvania for grades K-12:

  • Political and cultural contributions of individuals and groups
    • 2.A. – Identify historical figures in the local community.
    • 2.A. – Identify the social, political, cultural, and economic contributions of individuals and groups from Pennsylvania.
  • How societal change has influenced our history
    • 2.C. – Identify how commerce and industry and social organizations have changed over time in Pennsylvania.
    • 2.C. – Identify and describe how continuity and change have impacted Pennsylvania history.
  • Examination of material artifacts
    • 2.B. – Identify and locate historical documents, artifacts, and places critical to Pennsylvania history.
    • 2.B. – Identify important buildings, statues, and monuments associated with the state’s history.
  • Discussion about social relations among Berks County’s various ethnic groups
    • 2.D. – Identify how conflict is impacted by ethnicity and race, working conditions, immigration, military conflict, and economics.
    • 2.D. – Identify and describe how conflict and cooperation among groups and organizations have impacted the history and development of Pennsylvania.

BHC programs also reinforce the Language Arts component of the State Standards by helping students use reading, writing, speaking, and listening to learn and make sense of their world.