The Huntington's education programs interpret the collections and promote life-long learning to a broad audience. Programs range from lively pre-school programs to intensive five-week teacher institutes and an array of programs for the general public.
Each year, more than 20,000 school children experience The Huntington through school visits, facilitated tours and hands-on activities.
Collaborating with Teachers
The Huntington offers more than a dozen different programs, all addressing state and local education standards. The Huntington is also working with educators to help implement the Common Core education standards. Huntington educators have collaborated with classroom teachers to develop more than 75 lesson plans that highlight the collections; these are available online and serve schools nationwide. As many as 500 teachers a year participate in professional development activities that feature scholarly lectures and curriculum development.
Other educational resources online include interactive websites and introductory DVDs.
Welcoming the Community
More than 10,000 people participate each year in public programs, including classes, workshops, performances, and lectures. Audio guides for adults and children are available in the European and American art galleries. An audio tour for the Chinese Garden is available for download in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. A wide range of audio material is also available at iTunes U. Group tours are available by arrangement.
For Museum Professionals
Two courses offer instruction in creating compelling exhibitions
Join renowned museum consultant Beverly Serrell for two seminars in November; The Big Idea: Creating the rationale for developing an exhibition, and Label Writing: Developing engaging interpretive labels. These are the last in a series of seminars supported by IMLS grant “Exhibiting Skills: Exhibition Development for Informal Educators.” more
California Missions Website Supports 4th-Grade Curricula
The Huntington has developed an educational website relating to the exhibition "Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions" based on California’s Common Core State Standards in support of 4th-grade curricula. Discover “Exploring the California Missions”.
American History Website Excites History Buffs of All Ages
Explore issues of independence, rights and equality; read a letter written by Harriet Beecher Stowe; listen to dramatized readings of the written work of historical figures; and view magnified images of objects such as the U.S. Constitution in this interactive and informative new resource. Discover "Explorations in American History."
Huntington U Seminars
These six-week courses feature lectures by distinguished professors and lively discussions, but there are no papers to write and no final test. Each seminar typically costs $250. Recent topics have included William Blake, Shakespeare, medicinal plants and American art. Fall classes have begun but please check back for new seminar topics in the spring.