The International African American Museum (IAAM) is calling out to students and educators to come explore the rich cultural and historical narratives by booking a field trip to one of Charleston’s newest and most significant cultural landmarks.
The museum gives students the opportunity to engage with African American history and culture through a series of curated exhibitions and interactive experiences. The self-guided school group tours, offered at free or reduced rates, are designed to enrich a student’s understanding of African American history and culture outside the traditional classroom setting.
IAAM Director of Education, Dr. Felice Knight, says, “The purpose of IAAM’s school field trip program is to support elementary through high school students in their formal academic pursuits by using the power of informal learning at one of our nation’s most inspiring historical and cultural institutions. This initiative reflects IAAM’s dedication to education and its role in shaping informed and respectful future generations.”
All South Carolina public, private and independent school groups will receive free admission to the museum. Out-of-state public and accredited school groups will receive reduced rates. A field trip at IAAM is a 75-minute self-guided experience curated by IAAM education staff. Offered Tuesday through Thursday at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30 a.m., they should be scheduled at least a month in advance. Special arrangements and accommodations have been made to cater to the diverse needs of visiting groups, including accessibility features for individuals with disabilities.
Schools interested in booking a field trip for their students should review the guidelines and FAQs for helpful information about visiting the museum. Field trips can be booked by submitting a request form. Museum staff is prepared to assist educators in planning their visit, ensuring a seamless and impactful experience for students.
The International African American Museum (IAAM) explores the history, culture, and impact of the African American journey on Charleston, the nation, and the world, shining light and sharing stories of the diverse journeys, origin, and achievements of descendants of the African Diaspora. Across eleven galleries and a memorial garden with art, objects, artifacts, and multi-media interaction, IAAM is a champion of authentic, empathetic storytelling of American history. As a result, the museum will stand as one of the nation’s newest platforms for the disruption of institutionalized racism as it evolves today. The mission of IAAM is to honor the untold stories of the African American journey at the historically sacred site of Gadsden’s Wharf and beyond. For more information, please visit iaamuseum.org or call 843-872-5352.