Outreach Programs

Museum educators will bring the museum to your classroom with a special interactive presentation involving artifacts and documents from the museum’s demonstration collection. The following programs are available by reservation.



History Case
By examining historic artifacts and placing them in the context of San Diego in the late 1700’s, students are introduced to the historian’s craft while learning about the lives of the early inhabitants of the Presidio.

Dirt Detectives
This program introduces children to the science of archaeology. Students observe authentic artifacts, learn about tools used by archaeologists, and participate in a mock dig. After piecing together reproduction artifacts like in an archaeological laboratory, students are asked to consider what these artifacts tell us about San Diego’s history.

Coming to California 
Through role-playing and hands-on opportunities to examine historic artifacts, students explore the identities, perspectives and contributions of the diverse groups of people who settled in California in the decades after 1840.

Program Levels Grades 3, 4, 5
Program Cost $125.00
Dates Offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, September - July
Time Flexible
Maximum Number of Students 36

San Diego Voices
In this program students are introduced to the importance of oral histories and the unique role they play in documenting and understanding our past.  During an hour-long presentation by a museum archivist, students listen to excerpts of the fascinating oral histories in SDHC's permanent collection and learn how to create their own museum quality oral histoies.

Program Levels Middle; High
Program Cost $125.00 (extra mileage charges may apply for schools outside San Diego)
Dates Offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, depending on availability, September - July
Time Flexible
Maximum Number of Students 40



To make a reservation, or for any questions, please call our School Programs Manager at (619) 232-6203 ext. 112. We look forward to welcoming you at San Diego History Center!