My First Museum Visit Tours - Pre-K to 2nd Grade

In 2015 Ruthmere Museum introduced to wide public acclaim the “My First Museum Visit” tour program for younger children from preschool through 2nd grade.  Our goal is to introduce younger children to the museum experience.  Students will learn the history of Elkhart through a fun interactive puppet show that brings the stories of Dr. Havilah Beardsley, Chief Pierre Moran, and Albert and Elizabeth Beardsley to life before their very eyes. The limit is 40 students per tour, or two classrooms.Through a grant from Elkhart Noon Kiwanis admission for students and teachers is FREE. Schools are reimbursed $1 per student for transportation costs. Transportation needs are the responsibility of the school or parents. For more information about the program, or to book a "My First Museum Visit" tour, call Carolyn Bonanno at 574-264-0330 ext. 101.


Ruthmere Campus Field Trip Assistance Program

My First Museum Visit Tours are eligible for the Ruthmere Campus Field Trip Assistance Program.  Through the generous sponsorship of an annonymous matching donor Ruthmere is pleased to offer field trip assistance to the first 2,000 students residing in Elkhart County.  The sponsorship pays for the tour experience for students, teachers and one adult chaperone for every 8 students and offers a $1 per student transportation stipend that is paid to the student's school after the field trip has taken place.  Additional adult chaperones are admitted at the group tour rate of $7 for Ruthmere tour, $3 for Havilah Beardsley House tour or $10 for full campus tour.

NEW FOR 2017, all Elkhart County school tours (public, private and registered home schools) include a student membership valued at $25 per year, that goes to every participating student.  These student memberships are valid from the day of the student's field trip until their high school graduation.  


(574)-264-0330

(888)-287-7696


302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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