The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center's education program seeks provide quality educational programming and classes emphasizing African American and African Diaspora contributions to the arts, history, culture, society, and thought to Austin and surrounding communities. We offer museum tours, ongoing classes, movable school outreach program, spring break and summer camps, and a volunteer program.
Mommy, Daddy and Tween is a parent and children's book club that aims to encourage children from grades 3rd to 6th to read with their parents/guardians and discuss works with others. This offering will be led by Yolanda King, a mom and local children's book author.
Children and families can read the books before the book club discussion.
Weekly webstream of San Diego State University's Black Minds Matter course with facilitated discussion by Austin community leaders in education.
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
*No session November 22nd
December 6, 2017 - Holistic Support for Black Male Learners, Dr. Ryan Sutton (UT)
December 13, 2017 - Advancing Black Male Policy, Support and Research, Kaye Crawford
December 20, 2017 - Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes, Jackson Brown (UT) and Binta Brown
Rates & Scheduling
Guided tours of the Carver Museum are free of charge. To schedule a tour, please complete our Tour Requestform, and return it to Faith Weaver by email or fax (512) 974-3699. For questions, please contact the museum staff at (512) 974-3671.
NOTE: Two weeks notice in advance is required for scheduling tours.
Time & Duration
Tours are offered at the following times and are available on a first come, first served basis:
Monday – Friday: By reservation from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: No Guided Tours Offered
Sunday: Museum Closed
Though tour duration may vary based on group size, the average tour length is 45 minutes to an hour.
Tours are guided through the museum in groups of up to 50. If your group size exceeds this amount, it is recommended that you schedule your tour over a period of days, or at different times per day. (i.e. morning and afternoon)
Students and children must remain with a chaperone at all times. For groups of students and children, please observe the following adult to child ratios:
School Type and/or Average age
Adult to Child Ratio
Elementary School (ages 11 and younger)
one adult per five students
Middle School and High School (ages 12 and older)
one adult per ten students
Special Needs Students
one adult per five students
Rules / Behavior
Prior to your visit, please educate all members of your group (especially children) on the following rules of behavior:
- No gum, candy, or other outside food or drink is allowed in the museum.
- No running, pushing, shouting, or other horseplay is allowed.
- Visitors may touch only those interactive exhibits that are labeled accordingly.
Photography is NOT allowed in the museum gallery, but is okay in the main lobby and Children’s Gallery.
If your group would like to bring a lunch to eat before or after their tour, there are picnic areas and playground equipment available for use in Kealing Park directly behind the building. Restrooms are available for visitors of the museum, and children must be accompanied to the restroom by an adult.
Re-Scheduling / Cancellation
Should you need to change or cancel your reservation, please contact the museum at least two days in advance of your scheduled tour.
Instructor: Susan Richter
Presented by the American Recorder Society, Austin Chapter
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Perhaps you want to learn to play along with your child who has a recorder or you want to play for your own pleasure.
You will learn: About the recorder and how it makes sound; how to hold the recorder; how to use your breath to make a beautiful tone; basic fingerings for part of the range of the instrument (plus the names of those notes, and how to read them on the page). Loaner instruments will be provided, but if you have a recorder bring your own.
For youth who want to immerse themselves in all styles of dance, to artistically and physically articulate and expand their knowledge of the art. The diverse range of dance styles trains youth for a new era in the field that values tradition, technical versatility, innovation, and individuality.
Students will be introduced to the history and performance of: ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theatre, hip-hop, experimental and multicultural dance. Students will learn original choreography and gain the skills to create their own work. Our students will be able to integrate all forms and levels of dance and will have the opportunity to choreograph their own work.
A pre-professional program is designed for those interested in the art of stage or film acting, directing and more. We focus on original collaborative work so that our students grow rich in the experience of ensemble-building through creating their own productions.
Here is a FREE opportunity for Black and Hispanic young men in 4th-12th grades and their parents to attend a FREE Coding Makerspace session at the Carver Museum. Attendees will join a Cyber Patriot apprenticeship team, create digital problem solving projects, and prepare for jobs in cybersecurity! If you know young men of color, please let them know about the MBK Coding Makerspace. Free breakfast and lunch, plus electronic kits.
Museum in a Basket is an interactive story telling presentation and history program offered to local schools and groups that visually conveys the story of the African-American. Its purpose is to foster an accurate under-standing of our country's development and current culture, as influenced by past events. Each particular basket presents a different aspect of African-American history.
Baskets Currently Available: George Washington Carver
NOTE: This program is for small groups and is not recommended for school assemblies
In this storytelling program, guest performers travel to schools and community groups to bring ethnic history and fables to life. The museum-sponsored artists recount tales of fantasy, mystery, heroes,and everyday life from many regions of Africa and the Americas.
Folktales Currently Available: Rhythmns African Drums, The Story of Capoeria.
NOTE: This program is offered to larger groups and school assemblies.
Introduction to Genealogy
Check out the George Washington Carver Traveling Trunk to teach your class about the life and impact of this great inventor and educator's life and influence. Contents include videos, curriculum, books, and more.
The George Washington Carver Genealogy Center has developed a High School curriculm to teach genealogy. Request a teacher's workshop to learn more or have our Genealogist come to your class.
“Women Against the Odds” a Smithsonian-developed exhibit features African American women trailblazers in fields such as science, sports, music and more. Lendable for up to 4 b&w panels per request.
“African American Artists” is a collection with artists bios with visual examples of work. Lendable for up to 4 framed artist selections per request.
“You Need to Know” is a 3-dimensional exhibit on Willie Ray Davis, one of Austin’s first Black firefighters. Includes Davis’ fire jacket and helmet. Set-up required.
Summer and Spring Break Camps at the Carver
Youth Arts Safari Camp
Broadway Bound Theatre Camp
Join youth from all over Austin for a creative adventure as we explore CREATIVITY through music, dance, arts, and crafts. Youth Arts Safari will allow students to use their imaginations– to create artworks, play the drums, and dance. Registration for the Spring Break and Summer Camps begins in February 18, 2017. Youth Arts Safari Spring Break is a 1 week camp, and YAS Summer Camp is a 3 week camp both run Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.— 5:30 p.m. The enrollment fee MUST accompany the registration form in order to guarantee your child's place in camp.
Join youth from all over Austin this summer as we explore the possibilities of the performing arts. Students will not only have a great summer; they will also walk away from our camp having achieved a greater sense of self, poise, and confidence. Broadway Bound focuses on movement, voice, and the discipline it takes to pull off a successful performance. Registration begins in February 18, 2017. Broadway Bound is a 7 week camp, Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.— 5:30 p.m. The enrollment fee MUST accompany the registration form in order to guarantee your child's place in camp.
2017 Summer Camp Dates July 31—August 18th
For students 6-12 years old.
Camp fee is $115.00 per week
20% deposit required at time of registration, per week/ per child
Camp hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Early drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast, lunch and a snack provided.
2017 Camp Dates June 12th– July 28th
For students 7-17 years old.
Camp fee is $675(camp fee can be broken down into weekly payments).
20% deposit required at time of registration
Camp hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Early drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m.
Must attend all 7 weeks. All students are required to take part in the final production.
Breakfast, lunch and a snack are provided.