You know your students best. If you’d prefer a less structured Museum experience, consider printing out a class set of our Museum Self-Guides. These resources direct students to the most interactive exhibit areas and contain engaging activities that correspond to the exhibits.
Students will explore the exhibit floor and engage with artifacts in collections that tell the history of American law enforcement, showcase modern and historical police technology, and allow students to imagine themselves in various law enforcement professions.
Students learn about the individual freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights and the role law enforcement officers play in enforcing the Constitution. Through an interactive tour of the Museum’s collection, students will learn about how the first 10 amendments of the Constitution guide how officers respond to incidents, arrest suspects, give evidence in trials, and patrol prisons.
Students will learn how police technology, including radios and squad cars, increase efficiency and how forensic science helps catch criminals. Students will learn how engineering is used to design bomb disposal robots, and how blood spatter experts use math to calculate the height of a suspect.
Students will travel through 400 years of American history, from law enforcement’s origins to the issues facing modern day communities. The tour will take students on a journey that will include the night watches of Colonial Boston, the slave patrols of the antebellum South, the U.S. Marshals of the Wild West and the reformers of the Progressive Era. Students will view major historical events such as Prohibition and the civil rights era through the lens of law enforcement and see how the history of this nation is inextricably connected to law enforcement.