In the Classroom

In the Classroom

The museum fosters growing partnerships with Valdez area schools and home school families to teach subjects that dovetail with K-12 curriculum. Many different tools— storytelling, role play, music, art-making and hands-on activities—are used to promote active learning about a subject. Museum collections, conveyed to classrooms, are closely examined by students and illustrate lessons. Students create and then exhibit 325 works of art at the museum in the annual student art show, “Spring into Art.”

Teachers and museum educators collaborate on new lessons and innovative approaches to teaching math, language arts, social studies, geography, history, art, music and science. Learning takes place both in classrooms and in the great Alaskan outdoors.

Museum Education Topics include, but are not limited to:


  • Birds and Animals
  • Aviation
  • Community
  • Earthquakes and Tsunamis
  • Fire History
  • Fishing History
  • Geography
  • Gold Rush
  • Historic Figures
  • Lighthouses
  • Mining
  • Oil and Pipeline
  • Old Town Valdez
  • Native Culture and History
  • Natural History
  • Transportation
  • Roads and Trails
  • Statehood