Winner of the 2016 Award of Project Excellence from the Washington Museum Association!
Bringing Tacoma's birthplace to life
through interactive learning
for elementary students and our community
To help support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, and to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, Job Carr Cabin Museum is temporarily closed. We have suspended our in-person public programming.
Thank you for your understanding.
PRESCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
“Thanks again. It was a fun well-timed field trip. I look forward to doing this again next year. I will certainly tell other preschool co-ops how much fun we had.”
– Preschool Coordinator
HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
“Thank you so much for the outstanding visit today for our homeschoolers! You exceeded our expectations in a grand way. The kids and parents are all bragging about the great day. Bravo!”
– Homeschool parent
“I had a blast. It was really fun. You guys taught me some new things I didn’t know. I like when we made butter and had gunny sack races. I can’t wait to come again. It was a really awesome field trip.”
– Third grade student
Bring the Museum to your Classroom!
Downloadable Lesson Plans
Resources for Schools
Designed for 3rd and 4th grade students, this lesson plan includes reading, social studies, writing and art. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about Job Carr's life before he traveled west along the Oregon Trail. Students conduct a close reading of a first-person historical narrative, complete a timeline of sequential events, and create an illustrated storyboard of these events.
Designed for 4th grade students, this lesson plan includes math, reading, writing, and social studies. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about important landmarks along the Oregon Trail. Students use a grid map to plot a route across the western United States, complete a close reading activity about Oregon Trail landmarks, and write an opinion paragraph about which landmark was most important to the pioneers.
Designed for 4th grade students, this lesson plan includes reading, social studies, writing and art. It encourages students to think critically about what the Puget Sound area looked like when settlers first began to arrive. It provides students with an opportunity to compare and contrast primary and secondary historical sources.
What Would It Be Like For Job Carr To Travel Through Puget Sound?
Designed for 4th grade students, this lesson plan includes social studies, P.E., math, and writing. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about daily life and transportation in Washington territory for the era prior to statehood.
**Please note that reservations for our traveling trunks are currently paused.**
Job Carr Cabin Museum offers a FREE hands-on interdisciplinary curriculum with everything a 3rd or 4th grade teachers needs for a fun and creative history experience.
Follow Tacoma’s first pioneer, Job Carr, as he makes his trip west with lessons that include stories, activities, art projects and more!
Our school trunks are in high-demand by educators throughout Puget Sound. The lesson plans are meticulously thought out and easy to follow. Teachers and home school groups consistently rate our trunks as outstanding and engaging.
Virtual Field Trips
Customizable video visits for school groups
We are adapting the museum field trip experience for online classrooms. Our education team is working with teachers to provide an engaging and customizable learning opportunity for third and fourth grade students to discover the past.
Available for elementary schools
How does it work?
Contact us for more information!
Our Field Trips Are Fee-Free!
Thank you to our generous donors and sponsors!
We want every child in Tacoma to have the opportunity to experience the Cabin and learn about local history.
If your school or PTA would like to donate to support the Cabin’s education programs, please contact our staff.
Take a walk and explore the neighborhood where the city of Tacoma began to develop. Find out about the people and places there are part of the history of this area.
This printable scavenger hunt begins and ends at Job Carr Cabin Museum in Old Town Park -- 2350 N 30th St, Tacoma.
**Please note that reservations for guided walking tours are currently paused.**
Explore Tacoma history in-person with a guided walking tour for your school or community group.
Visit Old Town Tacoma’s historic sites and hear tales about the people who lived here over 100 years ago.
We can show you many of Tacoma's important firsts. Discover where Job’s cabin originally stood, the site of the first schoolhouse, first hotel, first jail, first church, first hospital, and first main street. Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides discuss the immigrants, fishing, tall ships, timber and railroad that were all so important to the beginning of Tacoma.
We offer customized tours for elementary school, middle school, high school and college classes with areas of study including Washington state history, migration and immigration, women's stories, and the industry's that put Tacoma on the map.
History walks are best suited for ages 9 to adult.
See and hear how visitors have fun with history at Job Carr Cabin Museum.
2016 Pioneer Days
During our annual community festival, teachers talk about our Schools Outreach Program.
You can also find out more about the Museum and Job Carr's legacy in Tacoma with this 2019 video from KBTC Profiles.