Teacher & Educator Information

Take a trip to the Santa Clara Valley's past and engage your class in high  quality programs designed to enthuse young learners.  Schedule a field trip at one or both of our two museum sites: t the Campbell Historical Museum and/ or the Ainsley House.

Both museums offer interactive inquiry based programs that allow students the opportunity to creatively explore historical topics and sharpen their critical thinking skills.  Each program complements classroom teaching while providing students with a morning full of discovery and fun.

Museum programs support
Common Core Curriculum

Common Core Curriculum is supported through:

Building Strong Content Knowledge:

Expand student's knowledge of social studies through listening, discussion and hands-on-activities.
Comprehending a s well as Critiquing:
Discussions and activities during the field trip allow students to compare and question assumptions about current and historical ideas that provide an engaged and open minded debate.
Valuing Evidence:
Students evaluate primary sources such as artifacts and photographs to support learning across content areas.  This allows students to use their reasoning skills in real life scenarios.
Coming to Understand Other Perspectives and Cultures:
Develop historical empathy-the ability to understand and appreciate what life was like for people who lived in a different time and place.

Arranging your visit
To schedule a field trip, please contact Kerry Perkins, Education Specialist at 408-866-2718 or email Kerry.

  • Minimum of $120 for 20 students or fewer.
  • $6 for each additional student.
  • Hands on History: maximum student capacity: 48 students
  • History Detectives: maximum student capacity: 36 students
  • Teacher and required chaperones are free.
  • Programs available Mon-Fri and only run 9am-12pm.

Five reasons why school groups should visit museums:
  1. Museums teach critical thinking, empathy, and other generally important skills and dispositions.
  2. Trips to museums help get kids excited about school subjects.
  3. Museums teach subject-specific content and skills.
  4. Museums expand the general world knowledge of students.
  5. Museum visits increase students’ cultural capital.
The Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation offers scholarship funds for schools to attend Hands on History or History Detectives.  Schools can apply for program fee grants or transportation grants. Grants awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact the Education Specialist for a grant application at (408) 866-2718 or kerryp@cityofcampbell.com