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3 Ideas for Field Trips in Memphis

Back-to-School Planning

by: Saleama A. Ruvalcaba

My friend Deidra L. Tolliver, regular contributor for Homeschooling in Memphis, texted me the other day and asked if I had any blog posts dealing with art.

After I stopped laughing, I reminded my sweet friend that I do not have an art bone anywhere in body.

Take this picture;

I will be 43-years-old in a few weeks. I drew this picture only six-months ago. This was my serious attempt to replicate Abraham Lincoln. So, no, I do not write about art!

I stick to topics I am well versed in – and one topic is – field trips.

It is back-to-school season. While you’re out buying papers, pens, notebooks and every school supply you can think of, don’t forget to plan your learning outside the home.

If you’ve learned anything about me since following my blog, you know that I LOVE to learn through museums and field trips. I asked my children to name their top 3 field trips from last year to share with you – and we hope you will enjoy these adventures if you haven’t already done so.

  1. The Metal Museum

The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork. This is achieved through exhibitions, collections, conservation, restoration and consulting services, classes, internship opportunities, artist residencies and apprenticeships, research and on site fabrication of artwork and architectural elements.

The value of the Metal Museum extends well beyond its exhibitions and facilities. As the only institution of its kind, it leads the way in recognizing and promoting the careers of metal-smiths.

Located on a 3.2 acre site overlooking the Mississippi River, the property had once been part of the public health service hospital.

We thoroughly enjoyed our field trip to the Metal Museum.

We visited last August on a Friday morning. It was a beautiful day.

 We learned a great deal about the art of metal and it helped us to become aware of the many items in our home-made of metal – for example our fireplace screen.

The best part about our visit was the lunch area outside. Picnic tables are set up in their garden outside. We packed our lunch that morning and our family enjoyed lunch outside on a beautiful day at a wonderful educational landmark in our city. Remember to visit The Metal Museum this school year.

2. The Bible Museum on the Square

Located in Collierville, TN, The Bible Museum on the Square educates the public through archaeology and the Bible through their unique non denominational museum to bring understanding and awareness of the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Bible.

We visited in December for the Away in 100 Mangers display. The museum had on display Manger depictions from all over the world. We were able to see how Mexico and Ireland and other countries understood the birth of Jesus Christ.

The students also created crafts, saw a display of the birth of Jesus Christ and heard stories.

Although we visited during December, The Bible Museum on the Square has many educational workshops throughout the school year, including a demonstration of the Gutenberg Press (You can see it behind the man in the picture above). A group field trip is affordable, plus the time, effort, and commitment exhausted into teaching parents and students Biblical history is well worth it.

This is a great field trip.

There’s also a few places to eat lunch right outside on the ‘square”.

3. WMC-TV Station

This third field trip was a fantastic field trip. This was a Father/Son Daughter field trip for Proverbs Twenty-Two Six Homeschoolers. It was a huge hit!

Eight dad’s took the day off to take their children to this informative and fun outing.

The students and dad’s learned about engineering, the weather, and were able to meet a few reporters.

The parents and student also learned what to wear while on-screen. The color green is obviously not a color to wear!

(You can see that one of the students is wearing a green sweater which blended into the background of the green screen)

After the tour at WMC-TV everyone stayed and had lunch together at a nearby Chick-fil-A.

This was an easy field trip to set up. You simply call the station and ask to speak with the events coordinator or tour coordinator. If I remember correctly you will need at least 10 people attending. They do start ON TIME, so if anyone in your group is late they will miss the first part of the tour.

WMC-TV was a great end-of-the year field trip and highly recommended.

Obviously there are many wonderful places throughout the city to visit. We hope you’ve enjoyed three of our favorites from last year.

A few other notable mentions from last year are; The Memphis Zoo, Beale Street Landing (The Columbus Foundation), A Christmas Carol (Play), and Pitter Potter.

Be sure to take time and plan your out-of-the-house learning adventures for this school year.

-Saleama A. Ruvalcaba



2 thoughts on “3 Ideas for Field Trips in Memphis

  1. I enjoyed and learned from this post. Thank you. This may seem macabre to some people, but we enjoy exploring cemeteries, the inscriptions on the headstones, the architecture of the mausoleums, the old dates, and sometimes a picture or likeness of the loved one. When we travel we try to take time to visit historic cemeteries so that we can relate the dates to stories we know from history.
    In Memphis we have two favorites, but there are many more that are of great interest. Elmwood Cemetery,, 824 S. Dudley St, claims to be one of the most historic grounds in this part of the world. It is 160 years old and is the resting place of mayors, other famous people, and veterans from every American war back to the American Revolution. You can walk it by yourself or plan a tour.
    The Crystal Shrine Grotto at Memorial Park Cemetery, , 5668 Poplar, is a work of art to say there least. Memphis City Magazine has a good article describing the artist and his work . The cave is made of almost 5 tons of natural crystals that the artist, Dionicio Rodriguez, hand placed onto the cave walls and ceiling. The scenes he created were taken from the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible.


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