Study TripsCheck out our Study Trip guides and Tips!
Each year a growing number of students visit the NCSML on a study trip. These tours are designed to enrich teachers’ curriculum in the areas of history, immigration, home and family.
A study trip to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is an exciting extension of classroom and in-home learning. The NCSML education staff welcomes pre-K to college students. Study trips may range from one to two hours, with a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 60 students per tour.
Offerings / Focuses
Maňa: One Girl’s Story –
Geared toward elementary students studying immigration, ties in direction with the Bringing History Home curriculum. To learn more about Maňa: One Girl’s Story, click here.
20th Century History –
The Czech and Slovak story in the 20th century connects directly with WWI and WWII, democracy, communism, revolution, government upheavals, refugees, and immigration.
Example tour: Students take an interactive tour of the Faces of Freedom exhibit, learning about the European perspective of the World Wars and life under the Iron Curtain. Time can also be spent watching oral histories from Czechs who moved or escaped during tumultuous times, and analyzing real letters sent between Czechs and their relatives in America during World War II.
Current Exhibits –
Tours with content specific to current exhibits. To check out current and upcoming exhibits, click here.
Czechs in Cedar Rapids –
Adaptable for all grade levels. Students can learn about the development in Cedar Rapids and why Czechs moved.
Summer Tours –
Available and customizable for all ages! Resources available include:
- Tours of our 19th century Sleger Immigrant Home
- Interactive tours in any of our three exhibit spaces
- Crafts in our classroom
Book Your Trip
Use the form below to request a study trip:
After reserving your tour, you will receive a confirmation letter by e-mail. Please review the confirmation letter for accuracy and contact Nicholas Hartmann if you need to alter your tour arrangements.
If you would like to lunch in Czech Village, you may use Sokol Park, located at the corner of 16th Avenue SW and A Street SW. Please encourage your students to bring a ‘no waste’ lunch. We request that you bring a trash bag and remove your waste from the park.
Preparing for Your Trip
Now that you’ve scheduled, here’s what you need to know for your trip. The Education Department hopes that you and your students have an engaging experience!
- Read and confirm the date and time listed in the confirmation letter
- Communicate with the staff if you have any students with special needs
- If available, make use of the pre-visit materials offered
- Print and share the chaperone expectations letter with chaperones volunteering on the trip
- Have students ready to divide into groups of no more than 15 students with 2 adults per group
- Have students arrive with nametags in a visible location
- Plan on arriving 5-10 minutes before the tour begins
- Upon arrival, report total number of students, teachers, and chaperones to the Welcome Desk
Expectations for Students
The NCSML expects students to come with:
- Good questions and observations when appropriate
- Listening ears
- Respectful voices
- Walking feet
- Nametags where guides can see them
Expectations for Chaperones
Modeling engaged behavior sets a good example for students and makes the study trip a positive experience for students, teachers, chaperones, and museum volunteers. The NCSML asks study trip chaperones to:
- Arrive on time for the start of the tour
- Refrain from making phone calls, texting, or accessing social media during the tour
- Keep students focused and on-task
- Listen to staff and docent’s directions so you are able to assist students
- Stay with the group for the duration of the tour
- Refrain from giving answers for challenging questions and allowing students time to think.
If arriving in a separate car, chaperones may park in our free attached parking garage and take the elevator to the main hall to meet the group.
You’ve Arrived! Now What?
1) Plan to quickly disembark upon your arrival.
2) Bus drop-off and free bus parking is available in front of the NCSML building. Visitors may enter the building through the main entrance. Additional parking is available in our free parking garage.
3) NCSML staff and docents will meet large student groups in front of the museum. Please have students in their groups before the welcome begins.
4) Teachers and school aides, please identify yourselves to the NCSML docent or staff member leading your group.
5) Restrooms and drinking fountains are available.
6) Have fun!