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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 on second Wednesdays. 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!

We will be adding a session for ages 6-11 on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Check back here for details.

There is no admission fee for this program. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Helen Thompson,  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


Hands On History will be taking a brief hiatus this month, but will be returning in June!

June 8th

10:30 AM – 11 AM

To be decided….


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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