Family Activity Haversacks

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The Hammond-Harwood House Museum garden is open to the public free of charge during our season April to December.

The museum has recently developed interpretative signage and a backpack program. The activity haversacks can rented from the museum’s visitor center free of charge to be used in the garden. Each backpack has 5 games and learning tools to engage visitors in their surroundings. The activities are designed to have multiple reuses. The backpacks teach children about architecture, sustainable practices, and local artisans such as cabinetmaker John Shaw, architect William Buckland, and artist Charles Willson Peale. The target age group is ages 6 to 10, but children younger and older will enjoy the activities.

The backpacks are an approachable way to introduce younger audiences to historic house museums and gardens. They incorporate a variety of different learning styles to build tactile, visual, and logical skills.

The Outdoor Discovery project also includes two interpretative signs in the garden that contextualize both the seen world like architecture and plants and the unseen such as archaeology and social history of the property.

The museum worked with Annapolis Green to develop material for audiences to learn about green practices and how to incorporate sustainability in their own homes. The museum received support from the Four Rivers Heritage Area and Four Rivers Garden Club for this project. The panels were developed by First Floor Graphics in Baltimore.

The Outdoor Discovery project is open for families, field trips, and the general public free of charge during normal tour hours Monday to Sunday (Tuesday closed) noon to 4pm.

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