How To Book a School Tour at Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
Before your tour… Call the front desk receptionist, who keeps the tour schedule, at (865) 482-1074. Have the following information ready:
– Contact person’s name and phone number
– The name of your school
– The age of the children
– The number of children attending
– The number of teachers and chaperones attending
– The time of your arrival
– State if you plan to have your lunch at the museum. (The museum does not serve food; tours must bring their own lunches.) Larger groups of children may eat picnic style on the floor of the gym when it is not in use, and smaller groups (12 – 16) may use the table in the gym lobby. There are also parks nearby and next to the museum’s parking lots for outdoor picnics.
– Enter through the main lobby
– Check in at the front desk to receive tour information and pay for the tour
– Larger tours (more than 20) will be divided into smaller groups
– Children may leave their coats in the lobby
Tours usually take between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Please remember to fill out an evaluation before leaving.
Attention, Teachers: for large groups visiting the museum, please divide up large groups into smaller ones. Download maps to start smaller groups off at different exhibits in the museum and follow the colored trail. We recommend using a landscape orientation for printing.
Map 1: Tour begins at Lobby
Map 2: Tour begin at Mars Rocket Room
Map 3: Tour begins at the Coal Mine
Map 4: Tour begins at the Ed Westcott Room
Map 5: Tour begins at the Waterworks
Map 6: Tour begins at the World of Trains
“CMOR to Go” Traveling Trunk Program
Children’s Museum has traveling trunks for use in the classroom on a variety of topics.
Teachers may rent the trunks for up to 2 weeks. There is a $25.00 charge along with a refundable deposit of $20.00 to cover any losses or damage. Replacement or damage costs over $20.00 will be requested upon the return of the trunk and after an inventory has been conducted.
To check out a trunk, contact the museum’s education director, Lorraine Bowen, at (865) 482-1074, Ext. 106. She will check to see if the trunk is available and make arrangements for you to pick up the trunk. The museum does not deliver trunks.
The following is a list of available trunks:
– Children of Appalachia
– Native Americans
– Africa (mini-trunk)
– Kid Go Green : Shades of Green Art
– Kids Go Green : Eco-Action
– Kids in Action : Healthy Living
LESSON PLANS AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS
(More lesson plans will be posted soon.)
REGIONAL APPALACHIAN LIBRARY
The Regional Appalachian Library, housed in the museum, has many books and audio visual resources on Appalachian history and culture. Please contact the executive director, Beth Shea by email to make an appointment to use this collection.