Outreach Programs

Let us bring the museum to you!

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Our programs cover such themes as:

  • History 1890 – Present
  • Transportation changes & impacts on American society
  • Transportation technologies: Steam, gas, electric systems
  • Engineering design, process & prototyping
  • Conservation & preservation
  • Primary sources & learning from objects

Some of our special activities include:

  • Group assembly lines
  • Building car & train models out of recycled materials
  • Arts & craft projects
  • Free play activities (preschool)

We are happy to adjust any of our programs to match your age group and teaching needs. Have a question or not sure what would work best for your group? Fill out our simple program request form, and our Director of Education will put together what she thinks will work best for your group and its needs. Or consider visiting us and book a field trip. We are also happy to come to you and give a presentation to your teachers about what options are available from the Marshall Steam Museum for your students.

TEACHERS: View Teacher Outlines after each program for individual descriptions, learning objectives, and standards.


  • Program Duration: 1 Hour
  • Program Cost: $100 Program Fee for a 60-minute program at locations within a 30-mile radius of the Marshall Steam Museum. $85 for each additional program at the same location for same day. For locations outside a 30-mile radius, please call for pricing information.
  • Group size: 1 Classroom, maximum of 30 students per 1-hour program
  • A minimum of one adult chaperone per group is required for all programs and must remain with the students during the length of the program.
  • Minimum age for Story Time is 3 years old.


Story Time with the Marshall Steam Museum

Building railroad tracks at a story time program.

Story time is designed for our youngest audience ages 3 to 6. Themed lessons encourage participants to engage with history, science, technology and more. Programs are 1 hour long and include reading 2 books, interactive discussions using images and objects, and finish with a craft to take home. Click on the individual program names for Teacher Outlines.

Current Programs Include:

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
Train Math
T Is for Track
Engineer It!



Cars, Trips and Me!

kids and crafts

Investigate what travel was like when Alice Ramsey became the first women to drive an automobile across the United State in 1909. We will unpack a “historical suitcase” and finish the program by making our own suitcase to take home, decorated with the places we want to travel and the things we will take with us.

  • Suggested for Grades K through 3

DE Standards: G1.K-3a, H1.K-3a, H2.K-3a, H3.K-3a, H4.K-3a&b
Common Core ELA: RIK.1-3, RIK.7, RI1.1-3, RI1.6-7, RI2.1-3, RI2.7, RI3.1-3, RI3.7, WK.1-3, SLK.1-6, SL1.1-5, SL2.1-4, SL3.1-4

Amazing Automobile Race

Learn about the first automobile race that took place in America back in 1895 Chicago through an interactive storytelling with kid participants as our racers. Then kids will put their engineering minds to work building cars using recycled materials, such as plastic food containers, boxes, cardboard tubes, bottle caps, toothpicks, skewers, and more. Program Schedule: 20-minute introduction & group reenactment; remaining 40 minutes are left for creative building time.

  • Great for Grades 2 & up

Early Engineers Great Addition to Motion & Design or Engineering Units

Building sail cars out of recycled materials.

Fifth graders build sail cars out of recycled materials.

Examine the accomplishments of engineers who designed the first automobiles, such as Karl Benz and Henry Ford, while learning the steps engineers follow to solve problems. Practice new skills during an assembly line activity and by building a sail car out of recycled materials to take home. Technology Requirement: Access to presentation software or wall on which to project presentation. 

  • Suggested for Grades 4+

DE Standards: H1.4-5a, H2.4-5b, H4.4-5a&b, E1.4-5a&b
Common Core ELA: RI4&5.1, RI4&5.3, RI4&5.9, SL4&5.1, SL4&5.2, SL4&5.4, L4&5.1
NGSS: Engineering Design: 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3
Click here for the Teacher Outline.




For the Month of December

Old-Fashioned Holiday

Enjoy a winter-themed program with the Marshall Steam Museum. Learn about the conductor on a train before reading The Polar Express. Then pretend to be your favorite parts of winter, such as snow and sleds. Finally, get creative with our make-and-take activities.

  • Program Fee: $125 for location within 20 miles of the Marshall Steam Museum
  • Maximum 30 participants; Suggested for Pre-K to Grade 2
  • Discounts if you book back-to-back programs


For more information regarding booking an outreach program with the Marshall Steam Museum, please contact:

Director of Education

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