Wornall Majors House Museums

Youth Field Trips

Interested in a field trip at either the Wornall House or Majors House? We offer a variety of field trip packages to fit multiple age ranges, group sizes, and curricula. Questions or ready to book? Contact Director of Programs Sarah Bader-King at programs@wornallmajors.org or 816-444-1858.

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Field Trip Option 1: House Tour Only

Take a one-hour tour of either the John Wornall House or Alexander Majors House.

Ideal For: High school and college groups, small groups with limited time
Cost: $5/students, $5/teachers & chaperones
Minimum group size: 10; maximum group size: 35

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Field Trip Option 2: House Tour + One Life on the Frontier Activity

Take a one-hour tour of either the John Wornall House or Alexander Majors House, plus add on one “life on the frontier” activity: butter making, corn husk dolls, or outdoor scavenger hunt (weather permitting). A second activity can be added for an additional $1/student.

Ideal For: Girl/Boy Scout troops, small groups, younger children, special needs groups, classrooms of 35 or fewer
Cost: $6/students, $5 teachers & chaperones
Minimum group size: 10; maximum group size 35

Field Trip Option 3: Field Trip Package

Choose a thematic field trip package, which includes a house tour and specially crafted activities meant to enhance curriculum and immerse students in a specific topic. See below for full descriptions. A full listing of how these field trips may meet Kansas or Missouri standards and/or expectations is available here.
Ideal For: School groups of all ages and sizes

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A Civil War Field Hospital

Ideal for: Third grade and up, particularly suited for grades 3-6
Topics: Civil War, local history, Battle of Westport, Civil War medicine
Location: John Wornall House

The John Wornall House, built in 1858, was used as a field hospital during the Battle of Westport by both Confederate and Union soldiers. Students will learn about the Wornall family and how their lives were shaped by the Civil War, hear about the daily life of a Civil War soldier, and examine artifacts and learn to make inferences and draw conclusions. Whenever possible, costumed reenactors will be present (subject to availability).

Cost: $8/student, teachers & chaperones free
Minimum group size: 10; Maximum group size: 80
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Sustainability on the Frontier

Ideal for: Third grade and up, particularly suited for grade 5
Topics: Water conservation and the watershed, agriculture, local history, sustainability, ecology
Location: John Wornall House

When farmers arrived on uncultivated lands on the frontier, they made a significant impact on the local ecosystem. In addition to taking a social studies-focused tour of the Wornall House, students will explore the grounds of the former farmstead through STEM-based activities focused on native vs. exotic plants and the watershed. A unique merging of social studies and science, this field trip is a multi-disciplinary experience showing the interconnections of people and their environment.

Cost: $9/student, teachers and chaperones free
Minimum group size: 10; maximum group size: 60
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Daily Life in the Nineteenth Century

Ideal for: All ages, particularly suited for K-3
Topics: Local history, life on the frontier, westward expansion, Civil War, women & children
Location: John Wornall House OR Alexander Majors House

Ideal for classrooms that are looking for a more general glimpse into the past, our “Daily Life in the Nineteenth Century” field trip explores the lives of the Wornall or Majors family and how they interacted with their home spaces and objects inside of them. All field trip participants will take a museum tour, participate in a hands-on activity, and interact with artifacts.

Cost: $8/student, teachers and chaperones free
Minimum group size: 10; maximum group size 60 at Wornall House, 100 at Majors House
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A Journey Westward

Ideal for: Third grade and up, particularly suited for grades 3-5
Topics: Local history, westward expansion, travel & transportation, communication across the West
Location: Alexander Majors House

Alexander Majors ran a shipping empire. Briefly, the company he co-owned held a near-monopoly on government freighting west of the Mississippi River. Through Majors’ story, learn about how people traveled and communicated across the “wild” west. Students receive a house tour, participate in a “load your wagon” activity and put themselves in the mindset of travelers exploring new frontiers through the use of primary sources.

Cost: $8/student, teachers and chaperones free
Minimum group size: 10; maximum group size 100

Coming Fall 2020: Using Primary Sources to Explore Slavery in Missouri

Based on new research done by Wornall/Majors House Museums staff, examine the perspectives and experiences of those enslaved on the Wornall farmstead in the 1850-60s and learn how they, and other enslaved Missourians, achieved their freedom.

Questions or ready to book? Contact Director of Programs Sarah Bader-King at programs@wornallmajors.org or 816-444-1858.

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The John Wornall House

6115 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO. 64113

816.444.1858

The Alexander Majors House & Barn

8201 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO. 64114

816.444.1858

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Photo Credits: Jeri Adams, Sarah Bader-King, John Browning, and Bruce Mathews