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Request a Traveling Trunk

Can’t visit The Columbus Museum in person? Request one of our Traveling Trunks! These multi-media kits are packed full of resources to provide you and your students with a hands-on, immersive learning experience that explores American art and regional history. Each trunk includes lesson plans, PowerPoints that provide access to primary source documents and images relating to the trunk’s topic, and relevant objects.

Traveling Trunk Options


    Interested in finding out how art and regional history can bring science and math to life? Check out our STEAM Trunk for a hands-on, minds-on exploration of the stories and objects – from mind-boggling optical illusions to American quilts – that animate the Museum’s permanent collection. Each lesson is accompanied by hands-on objects, additional resources and supplemental readings, and an extension activity. This trunk is recommended for grades 2 and up.

    Focus on Science: 3D Visualization and Optical Art - Investigate the science behind some of the mind-bending objects in our collection and experiment with creating your own optical illusion. (P.S. The poster and 3D glasses accompanying this lesson are yours to keep!)

    Focus on Technology: What Makes an Airplane Fly? - Join Amelia Earhart as she visits Columbus, GA, and takes you on your first lesson in basic aviation.

    Focus on Engineering: Popsicle Bridge - Learn about nationally renowned bridge-builder, Horace King. Look closely at two of King’s bridges in the Chattahoochee Valley, and practice four engineering habits of mind as you design and build your very own popsicle stick bridge.

    Focus on Math: Quilted Tessellations - Learn about the intersections between math and art as you and your students delve in the Museum’s collection of 19th and 20th-century quilts before creating your own quilt pattern from a unique tessellation.

    To view an inventory of this trunk’s contents, please click here.

  • Historic Tribes of Georgia

    Take a deep dive into the cultural heritage and history of the Muscogee (Creek), Yuchi, and Cherokee Indians with our Historic Tribes of Georgia Trunk. Discover where the descendants of these tribes are today and what they are doing to make sure their legacy continues. 

    The three lesson plans included in the trunk are tailored for 2nd, 3rd, and 8th-grade classes. However, each lesson can be adapted to suit any grade level.

    To view an inventory of this trunk’s contents, click here.


Request Information

  • Trunks may be checked out for up to two weeks from Tuesday to Tuesday.
  • Trunks are free to teachers and home school co-ops.
  • Trunks may be picked up at The Columbus Museum or you can request that it be sent to your school via Pony Mail (Muscogee County School District only).
  • Once you submit your request form, a staff member will contact you to confirm your reservation. Your request is not confirmed until you have received an email confirmation.
Traveling Trunk Request Form
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