History Mystery Museum Summer Camp

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History Mystery Museum Summer Camp
 

Institute of Texan Cultures turns campers into curators


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SAN ANTONIO – Museums are full of artifacts that spark the imagination: What is this object? What was it used for? What is it made of?  For children with a naturally curious nature, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures presents an engaging summer camp experience solving history’s mysteries.

The Institute of Texan Cultures will present two sessions of History Mystery Museum Summer Camp, June 27 to July 1 and July 25 to 29. Registration for the camp begins March 15 at TexanCultures.com/SummerCamp.

Campers will hone their investigative skills as they interviewing witnesses and experts, then make their case by presenting evidence through their exhibits. They will get to enjoy a sense of accomplishment as they gather more clues and develop a more complete picture of a moment in history.

Working in teams, campers will investigate how museums use artifacts, oral histories, and research to unravel stories about our past. They will explore the museum behind the scenes, handling artifacts and getting a look at some not on display in the museum's storage rooms. A visit to the fabrication department will show how color, graphics and design enhance exhibits, and education department staff will demystify the storytelling techniques used to engage visitors. On the last day, campers will demonstrate what they have learned throughout the week in the form of an exhibit they create, with family and friends invited to this private showing for VIP guests.

"This camp is an awesome melding of research and reasoning with design and creativity to solve a mystery and tell a story," said museum educator Lynn Yakubik. "Museums are fantastic for honing these skills. Campers will experience parts of the exhibit research and design processes that few people get to see. They’ll have museum professionals there to coach them. It’s going to be an involved and engaging week."

The museum’s camp is also an opportunity for campers to get their hands dirty on the Back 40 living history area. Gardening, pioneer games and exploration of the 1800s Texas frontier buildings will bring history to life and fuel new questions.

Camp goes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and campers should bring a sack lunch. Session 1, June 27 to July 1, is for children ages 8 to 10. Session 2, July 25 to 29, is for children ages 11 to 12. Tuition is $160. A rate of $145 is available for museum members. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.
 
 

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