• Educational Programs

    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 will temporarily close to the public as of Friday, March 13. We have suspended our public programming, and are pausing field trip reservations. Please check our website and social media accounts for future updates.


    We greatly appreciate the support of our community, partners, and sponsors during what we hope will be a short closure.


    Thank you for your understanding.



    JCCM Staff and Board

  • Schools Outreach Program

    Our in-person programming is currently suspended, but you can find educational resources and activities on our Learn at Home webpage.

    “The curriculum was excellent! By the time we finished the materials, my kids thought Job Carr was a rock star!!”

    – Elementary school teacher


    “The tour of the museum and subsequent tour of the neighborhood was wonderful! Students are still full of impressions and excitement”

    – High school teacher


    "Thank you for the best field trip ever!"

    -Fourth grade student


    “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


    “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

  • Traveling Trunks

    Bring the Museum to your Classroom!

    Downloadable Lesson Plans

    Resources for Schools

    We've adapted lesson plans from the Museum's award-winning traveling trunk curriculum for learning at home.

    Additional educational resources are available on our Learn At Home webpage.

    What Was Job Carr's Life Like Before He Moved West?

    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.

    Where Was The Oregon Trail?

    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.

    What Did Job Carr See And Do When He Arrived In Puget Sound?

    Designed for 4th grade students, this lesson plan includes reading, social studies, writing and art. It provides students with an opportunity to compare and contrast primary and secondary sources.

    Traveling Trunks for 3rd and 4th Grade Students

    Award-winning materials for schools

    **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.

  • Walking Tours

    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.

  • Cabin Videos

    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.

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