Culture CaraVan

Outreach programs from the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Let us deliver the world’s cultures right to you with objects from the Haffenreffer Museum’s famous collections!  Engage your students with a visit from the Museum’s Culture CaraVan.  An experienced teacher will come to your classroom or site with real museum objects, natural materials, and images for close examination.  Hands-on activities and participatory discussions are tailored to the needs of your group.  The Museum has brought experiential educational programs to school classrooms, libraries, camps, and senior centers for more than 40 years.  Discover what we have to offer you this year!

To book a program:

Check our calendar of availability, then submit your request online. You can also contact us at: 401-863-5700 or

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Scheduling:  CaraVan programs are available Monday through Friday in two-hour time slots, however, we can adjust any program to fit shorter class periods such as a middle or high school bell schedule.

*We cannot schedule two schools on the same day.  If a date is listed as "busy," that date cannot be scheduled regardless of the time.

Group Size:  There is a maximum of 30 participants per session.  If your group surpasses 30, you will need to schedule multiple sessions.  We can accommodate up to two sessions (at one location) per day.

Cost:  The cost is $6 per person.  There is a $150 minimum charge each day.  A gas fee of $15 per ten mile increment may be charged to locations over forty miles from the Museum's site in Bristol.

Cancellations:  A two-week notice is required for all cancellations or a $50 cancellation fee will be charged (except for snow days).

Chaperones:  For groups including participants under age 18, we require an adult in the room at all times to assist the museum educator.

Special Needs:  Please inform us of any needs your group may have.  We are committed to having our programs accessible to all.

Common Core and State Standards

Teachers needing to meet standards will find that all programs address Common Core ELA standards by teaching students how to act like historians, use cultural objects as primary resources, “read” museum objects, and use academic vocabulary.  Exposure to our programs will also help students 'come to understand other perspectives and cultures.*  Most programs also cover Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations and Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in the social sciences and visual arts.  In addition, some programs address standards in math, science, music, and dance.  Many programs have complementary curriculum packets available on our website that further address Common Core with an investigation of historical text through reading, writing, and speaking activities.  See program descriptions below for a list of standards addressed by each program.

* Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, page 7

Program Descriptions

Follow the links below for program descriptions and curriculum standards

Dig It! Discovering Archaeology

Culture Connect:  Experience the Cultures of the World

Sankofa:  African Americans in Rhode Island

Indigenous People of Central America

Native People of Southeastern New England

Native People of the Arctic

Native People of the Plains

Native People of the Southwest:  The Hopi

Submit your program request online today!