School Tours for Grades K through 12

dsc08141-1Enrich your students’ learning experience with a trip to the Everhart Museum. We offer guided tours of our collections, as well as content-focused workshops that include hands-on activities, for grades K through 12.

Costs include the tour, as well as admission to the Everhart Museum for the rest of the day!  Please note our weekday and weekend rates.  A 20% deposit is due before your visit.

Don’t see what you are looking for? Ask us! We will work with individual teachers to supplement their classroom curriculum.

For more information, contact the Everhart Museum at 570-346-7186 ext. 516 or email


Your group may choose from the following options:

(Group size 15- 45 children)
Option 1-
$5 per student, $5 per chaperon
10:00a-11:30a + 30 minute lunch (BYO)

1.5-hours guided tours/lunch in Nay Aug Park

Option 2-
$5 per student, $5 per chaperon
10:00a-12:00p + 30 minute lunch (BYO)
1.5-hours guided tours/gift shop/lunch in Nay Aug Park

Option 3- 10:00a-11:30a +30 minute lunch (BYO)
$7 per student, $5 per chaperon

1-hour Guided tours/one workshop/lunch in Nay Aug Park

Option 4- 10:00a-12:00p + 30 minute lunch (BYO)
$7 per student, $5 per chaperon

1-hour Guided tours/one workshop/gift shop/lunch in Nay Aug Park

Option 5- 10:00a-12:30p + 30 minute lunch (BYO)
$9 per student, $5 per chaperon

1-hour Guided tours/two workshops/gift shop/lunch in Nay Aug Park

(Group size 46-90 children- add 30 minutes to the options above.  Groups larger than 90 may be done over several days OR on a morning and afternoon schedule. Please call for summer schedule availability.)


An additional $2 per person will be charged for scheduled weekend tours.


Due to several events and programs run at the museum daily throughout the summer, guided tour times will change between the last week of June and second week of August.  Additionally, workshops options will not be available at this time.

All tours are subject to the availability of staff and the availability of the galleries.  Groups are encouraged to choose one or two alternative dates when planning.

(There is a minimum of 15 person(s) for group tours.  One chaperon will receive free admission for every ten students, and the tour rates above apply to all additional adults.  If group size is under 15 people, the group will still be invoiced for the minimum of 15).

Students will receive a round-robin guided tour of up to three museum exhibits. Tour options are as follows:


Grades K-2
“What do you see?”

What is a landscape?
What is a portrait?
What is a still life?

As a group, students will be toured through the main collection at the Everhart Museum. During this tour, students will be shown specific types of painting, including the introductory styles of landscape, portrait, and still life. Students will learn basic features which identify each type of painting, and then with guidance, browse the rest of the collection identifying paintings based off of the qualities of the pieces shown prior.

Grades 3-6
“Storytelling Through Art”

How do paintings tell a story?
How does the painting make you FEEL?

While investigating the Everhart’s main gallery, students will be brought to specific paintings which focus primarily on the idea of storytelling and create emotion either through scenery, colors used, or style of painting. Students will be asked to identify what type of story or emotion is being depicted.  After initial instruction, students will be able to point out other pieces in the exhibit which have similar qualities to ones previously shown.

Grades 7-12
“Industrial Revolution in Landscape”

How did industry affect local and regional artwork?
How are different styles used in landscape and portraiture?

At the beginning of the tour, students will learn a quick basic history of the local industry of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Students will then be shown specific art works that represent not only our local industry but also how different types of art reflect its impact on society. After the initial tour, students will be able to determine which works of art either focus directly on the industrial revolution or have to work around its effect on the landscape.

Arts and Humanities Standards: 9.1.3.A, 9.1.5.A, 9.1.8.A, 9.3.3.B


Grades K-12
“Ceremonial Masks and Music”

What were the masks used for?
What kind of music was made?

Students of all ages will investigate the cultures of Africa and Papua New Guinea and experience how their cultures create art through their ceremonies. Focusing primarily on masks and their unique instruments, students will explore the cultures’ historical and modern day use of items along with focusing on the craft behind them.

Arts and Humanities, History Standards: 9.2.3.g, 9.2.5.g, 9.2.8.g, 9.2.12.g, 8.4.3.C, 8.4.K.C, 8.4.1.C, 8.4.3.C, 8.4.5.B, 8.4.4.B, 8.4.6.B, 8.4.7.B, 8.4.8.B, 8.4.9.B


Grades K-6
“Material Culture: Cultural Exploration Through Everyday Items”

Students will explore the ancient worlds of Egypt, Rome, Papua New Guinea, and Native America to see how these cultures created and used daily items which are still in use today. Students will investigate different types of everyday objects, what materials were available to create them, and the different kind of uses they were created for.

Grades 7-12
“Historical Contexts of Culture” (Exploration of the Ancient Cultures of Egypt, Rome, Papua New Guinea, and Native America)

Touring the Everhart around the World exhibit, students will travel across ancient worlds exploring each culture through ceremonial, funerary, and everyday items. Students will have the opportunity to learn and discuss the historical context of items, why and how they were used, and how our society has expanded on these original creations.

Arts and Humanities, History Standards: 9.2.3.g, 9.2.5.g, 9.2.8.g, 9.2.12.g, 8.4.3.C, 8.4.K.C, 8.4.1.C, 8.4.3.C, 8.4.5.B, 8.4.4.B, 8.4.6.B, 8.4.7.B, 8.4.8.B, 8.4.9.B


Grades K-2
“Earth Rocks! – Layers of the Earth”

Layers of the earth, what can be found?

Students will participate in a hands-on exploration of the layers of earth and discover what kind of geology and other surprises can be found on each layer.

Grades 3-6
“Rocks Rock! – Exploration of Rocks and Minerals”

What are the differences between rocks and minerals?
Where do we get our metals from?
Are there rocks and minerals that are mined locally?

In this investigation, students will be educated on the local importance of anthracite.  After discovering how metals occur naturally, students will also be able to determine the primary difference and classifications between rocks and minerals.

Grades 7-12
“Geology Rocks! – A Study of Chemical Composition of Rocks and Minerals”

What is the periodic table?
How do geology and chemistry relate?

In this exploration, students will be encouraged to incorporate their understanding of the periodic table and discover its relationship to geology. After discussing the chemical makeup of certain rocks and minerals, students will continue to investigate each characteristic and be introduced to the Mohs Scale of Hardness.

Science, Technology & Engineering Education, Environment & Ecology Standards: 3.3.K.A1, 3.3.4.A2, 3.3.7.A1, 3.3.10.A1, 4.1.7.B, 4.1.8.B


Grades K-6
“Tall Tales: Investigation into American Folk-Lore”

Students will have the opportunity to investigate the legends, music, oral history, fairy tales, stories, tall tales and customs that is represented in Folk Art.  Students will explore how Folk Art captures the magical and mundane elements of everyday life.

Grades 7-12
“People, Places, and Things”

Can you find symbolism in folk art?
What is art as a function?
How do these images convey ideas or stories?

While exploring the gallery, students will be shown examples of different characteristics of folk art. Students will investigate the reasons behind the creation of folk art, and interpret the symbolism included. Afterward, students will be able to decipher the stories about the time they were created.

Arts and Humanities, English Language Proficiency Standards: ELP.3.R.PK-K.3.1, 9.1.5.J


Grades K-2

What is a fossil?
What kinds of dinosaurs once lived?

In this introductory tour, students will learn about the creation of fossils and what they teach us. Students will also journey from sea to land as they discover what type of biological life once existed on our planet!

Grades 3-12
“Pre-History’s Flora and Fauna”

What is a fossil?
What are the main differences between carnivores and herbivores?
Who is Charles Knight?
What was our area like during the Coal Age?

As students progress through the Fossil Gallery, they will be presented with several types of fossils spanning from several pre-historic ages. Students will have the opportunity to identify familiar looking ancestors of plants and animals as they browse the Everhart’s collection of prehistoric casts. Students will also be introduced to the works of illustrator Charles Knight, one of the first artists to envision the modern image of dinosaurs.

Science, Technology & Engineering Education Standards: 3.1.2.C3, 3.1.3.C3, 3.1.4.C3, 3.3.4.A3, 3.1.7.C3, 3.3.7.A3


Grades K-2
“Early Aviators”

What do birds eat?
Where do birds live?

Students will discover and learn about different habitats that birds reside in. Additionally, they will learn about different food sources, based upon where each species is from. After their lesson, students will be challenged to group our feathered friends into like habitats based upon individual characteristics.

Grades 3-12
“The Birds of Everhart”

Where can we find them?
What are the characteristics?
Which ones are from Pennsylvania?

As students explore the Bird Gallery, they will learn about characteristics that make each bird unique. After learning about different types of habitats, students will be challenged to categorize groups of birds, determining which home suits them the best. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about birds from our backyard, along with learning about extinct species and ones that soon might be.

Science Standards: S7.B.1.1.2


In the event you must cancel your paid program reservation with us,  you will receive a refund as defined below:

1. There is a 20% non-refundable registration fee for all Museum programs.

2. Groups must submit the number of participants no later than one week before the visit.  Groups will be charged for this number of participants on the day of the program.  

3. Cancellations received in the six days before the visit will end in automatic forfeit of full payment and groups will be invoiced for the full amount.

4. A $25 cancellation fee will be applied to all groups that cancel a week or more prior to the visit.  This fee is in addition to the 20% registration fee.

5. Groups that need to postpone or change their original date, must call a week or more in advance to reschedule with no penalties.  

6. Groups that postpone or change their original date less than a week prior to visit will be charged the $25.00 cancellation fee in addition to the 20% security deposit that will remain on hold.