School Tours & Programs

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum provides school tours and programs that bring the African American experience to life through interactive exhibits, artifacts and activities designed for young learners. School tours align with Maryland State Standards for social studies, language arts and fine arts, and complement curriculum lessons from An African American Journey: A Resource for Learning the History of African Americans in Maryland and the United States created in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education.

Funding for Schools

Financial Assistance is available for free admission and bus transportation for Maryland Title I schools through the museum’s Children’s Access Program (CAP) on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited funds are also available for other Maryland schools. Bus transportation assistance is limited to two buses per museum visit. You must have a minimum of 65 students to receive assistance for two buses and 25 students for one bus. Field Trip Cancellation: Schools receiving transportation assistance must cancel within 48 hours of the schedule visit. Schools will be responsible for the cost of bus transportation if guidelines are not followed. Maryland educators can also check out the Target Field Trips Grant for additional funding in addition to CAP. Target stores are awarding field trip grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued at $700 and grant applications must be submitted between Aug. 1st, 2018 and Oct. 1st, 2018. Click the following link to apply: For more information, click the following link:

School Tours

Guided docent tours are available to school groups up to 10 - 60 students. Self guided tours accommodate school groups up to 100 and come with a museum overview and gallery activity. Learn more about the Theme Tours and Special Exhibition Tours that are available. The museum also schedules joint tours with some of the area museums in downtown Baltimore if your school wishes to visit several museums during a field trip outing. Learn more about the Joint Tours that are available.

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School Programs

Journey in History Theater

Journey in History Theater  offers living history and theatrical performances that highlight prominent African Americans in the museum’s galleries. Morning presentations, can be scheduled Wednesday-Friday at 10:30 am. The Museum requests at least 1-2 week notice to schedule a performance.   A minimum of 50 students is required to schedule this program.  Admission fee is $5 per person.

To secure a reservation for Journey in History Theater a 25% deposit is required.  Full payment is due two weeks in advance of the scheduled performance.  A written cancellation must be received 4 weeks before the performance to receive a refundable deposit.  

Learn more about the Journey in History Theater programs that are available.



Freedom Hour: Pre-School

Pre school groups, ages 3-5, are welcome to participate in Freedom Hour, where younger children hear a story, see museum artifacts and create an art project.  Space is limited to 40 children. Admission fee is $3 per child. 

Learn more about the Freedom Hour programs that are available.

School Outreach: Living History to Go

Schools can schedule living history programs at their sites through the Living History to Go program which brings to life stories and events that are part of African American history. Costumed history performers will engage students with props, artifacts and interactive activities in a 45 minute performance.  This program is suitable for grades K-8.  The program cost is $325 for one presentation and $275 for a second performance scheduled for the same day.

Learn more about the Living History To Go programs that are available.