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Hands on History 

“Hands on History” is the museum’s interactive series of children’s programming that brings fun facts, objects, and activities out of the past to your family today!

The series, targeted at ages 2-5, will be held monthly. Each month will feature a different craft inspired by local history. Past programs have included flying kites, drawing maps, and making your own dinosaur tracks!

There is no admission fee for this program. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Jayne Hall,  Education Coordinator, at or call 540-829-1749.

The museum continues to follow COVID masking, cleaning and social distancing protocols for children’s programs. Participating children and their families are requested to mask during the program.

Admission to these programs is FREE thanks to funding from the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative through a Power of Change grant.

Upcoming Dates

July 26
10:30-11:30 AM

We all know that George Washington was our first president. But did you know that he had a favorite sweet treat? He loved ice cream!  Come learn with us this July about the history of the Father of our Country and make some delicious ice cream.

August 16
10:30-11:30 AM

Young historians will explore the Eastern Woodland Indians who lived in our area and the  “Legend of the Three Sisters” from Native American lore. We will have lots of fun learning about the foods they grew and ate.



September 20
10:30-11:30 AM

Dinosaurs Galore!  Did you know that Dinosaurs once roamed here in the Culpeper area? Young paleontologists will explore the world of dinosaurs with stories, games, and crafts. Join us for a DINO-MITE morning!

Space is limited, please register in advance!

October 18

Explore what it was like to live during the time when Virginia was a colony. Young historians will learn about daily life, customs, and even some games that colonial children played.

November 17
10:30-11:30 AM

Learn about Virginia’s Thanksgiving heritage as we tell the story of the settlers on the ship Margaret in 1619, their Thanksgiving day, and their contacts with Powhatan and Manhoac peoples. Build a sailing ship of your own to cross the ocean!

December 21
10:30-11:30 AM

Learn about Christmas traditions as we talk about how Culpeper was part of creating the image of Santa Claus today! Listen to “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and decorate a stocking!

Hands On History: Video Series

Episode 1: Dinosaur Balloons

Join us to make some dinosaur balloon decorations, and learn some interesting facts about dinosaurs! For PDF template mentioned in video, click here:…

Episode 2: Apple Bread Pudding

Join us to make a historically inspired recipe using ingredients accurate to the Colonial Period!

Follow the link below for measurements and some examples of Colonial cooking tools:

Apple Bread Pudding Recipe

Episode 3: Natural History Museum

Learn how to design your own Natural History Museum with dinosaur skeletons made of glue!

For skeleton base, please follow this link:Dino Skeletons

Episode 4: Dinosaur Landscape

Want to learn a cool trick for free hand drawing? Try out the grid technique using our pre-made dinosaur landscape!

Episode 5: Clara Barton

Celebrate Women’s History Month by tuning in for a look at Clara Barton, nationally known, and an important figure in Culpeper’s history.

Episode 6: Make Your Own Crazy Quilt

Inspired by our current Crazy in Culpeper Exhibit, here is a video showing kids how to make their own crazy quilt out of paper!

Contact Us

Museum of Culpeper History
113 S. Commerce Street
Culpeper, VA 22701

Phone: (540) 829-1749


10am – 4pm
CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day



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