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The William R. and Clarice V. Spurlock Museum at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Outreach Programs

These tours and programs are available as outreach programs to schools within a 100-mile radius of the Museum. Each topic is presented in an interactive format that encourages engaged participation. The cost is $50 per staff member visit for schools from 0–50 miles from the Museum and $75 for schools 51–100 miles. This fee covers up to three programs, depending upon time limitations and the program selected. In some cases, up to two additional programs may be added for $10 each, depending on staff availability and program length. Maximum group size, chaperone numbers, and cost may vary significantly between the in-house and outreach versions of the same program; please ask about these requirements when you call to make your reservation.

Selected outreach programs can be presented to single classrooms or combined classrooms. A craft is also available with outreach programs for a $20 surcharge and a limit of 50 participants. call for details.

Please read our current list of available dates and further information about reserving programs and tours. In addition, the information detailed online is available in our downloadable program booklet (PDF, 1.2MB).

To schedule a tour or program, Brook Taylor (Office hours Tuesday through Saturday) at (217) 265-0474 or at least three weeks prior to your visit date with the following information:

  • the desired program
  • the date and time you wish to visit—check the Museum’s availability webpage
  • the grade level and number of students involved
  • your contact name, phone number, and email address
  • any questions you may have about your program or the Museum
  • special needs and other relevant information

The availability of these tours and programs is limited. Please contact the Museum early in the school year to reserve your dates.

Documentation Policy: The Spurlock Museum staff frequently videotapes or photographs visitors enjoying Museum programs, tours, special events, or individual time in our galleries. All videotape and photographs are used at the Museum’s discretion and become its sole property. Images are used in various Museum publications and as documentation for reports. The names of the people recorded are not used.

Outreach Program List

Oral Traditions

Learn the values, histories, and traditions of cultures around the world through their folktales and myths.

Program Grade Length
Stories around the World 4 years and up 45-90 min
A Tapestry of Stories K-4 45-75 min
Greek and Roman Mythology 4-12 60-90 min

Ancient Connections

These popular programs explore the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. There may be special funding available for participation in any of our Ancient Connections programs.

Program Grade Length
In the Shadow of the Pyramids 4-7 105 min
Greek and Roman Mythology 4-12 60-90 min
Raiders of the Lost Art 6-12 varies

Medieval European Life

Students go back in time through hands-on experience with medieval technologies, games, stories, and artifacts.

Program Grade Length
A Day as a Knight 3-4 90 min
The Blacksmith's Apprentice 5-7 105 min

Special Programs

The Spurlock Museum brings visiting ethnic and folk artists to the Champaign-Urbana area for outreach appearances in the schools and performances in special school programs held at the Museum, as well as public concerts, demonstrations, and workshops.

Program Grade Length
Visiting Artists in Schools varies varies