Historians Are Detectives
Use this lesson from the National Museum of American History to teach students the differences between primary and secondary sources as well as the value of primary sources in history. By using primary sources to answer a series of questions, students will see that, much like detectives, historians have to provide evidence to prove that their answers are correct.
Mystery Skull Interactive
In this activity from the National Museum of Natural History, students compare unknown fossils with previously identified ones in order to place them in the timeline of human evolution.
Meet Me at Midnight
This online game magically takes players to the Smithsonian American Art Museum after hours. In the museum, they find that the artworks are mixed up—all because of the troublesome Root Monster! To get back home, players must solve mysteries—and help their new friends find their artworks.
Lost in the Coin Vault
This interactive game from the National Museum of American History is a fun way for students to learn about currency and explore American history. Players enhance their analytical skills as they decipher clues and closely examine objects from the National Numismatics Collection to solve mysteries and escape from the coin vault.
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