Gilcrease on Wheels, a mobile museum experience, is an innovative initiative that utilizes Gilcrease Museum’s extraordinary American collections in a multi-faceted educational package that includes on-site programming, pre-visit preparation, and post-visit activities and evaluation to rural school districts and communities in Oklahoma.
Gilcrease on Wheels utilizes the museum’s extensive collections of American (North America, Mesoamerica, and South America) art, archaeology, and historical documents to enliven the classroom experience while addressing appropriate teaching standards in social studies, art, and language arts to offer a well-rounded, complementary learning experience through exhibits on United States history, Oklahoma history and Native American cultures. By introducing Gilcrease collections, in-class enrichment, new activities, and incentives to explore local history, this program promotes critical thinking and encourages students to explore their part of the world.
Projects inside and outside of class encourage students to develop a sense of local history and better understand that “History is where you are.” Opportunities to infer and connect, provide new parent-school interactions, and utilize multiple learning styles are incorporated in the curriculum, which will help students understand that history happens in their home communities which are connected to historical developments in the rest of the state, the nation, and the world.
In a little more than a year, Gilcrease on Wheels has already served more than 7,500 children throughout 16 counties in rural Oklahoma.
Contact Gilcrease on Wheels
To schedule a Gilcrease on Wheels visit at your school, please contact the program coordinator at 918-596-2790.
Presentations are available for third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms. An exhibit walk through is available for after-school programs and community events.