Monday is Museums & Monuments Day at the River Houses: spend a few homeschool minutes exploring a notable cultural or historical site and broaden your homeschool horizons. Learn a new name or a new date, find a new location on the map, chat with your students about a fact or an idea of interest, and your little lesson is done.
This week’s state-of-the-week is Florida, so we’re going to pay a virtual visit to the Air Force Space and Missile Museum in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Here’s the museum’s website, with visitor information, online exhibits, and more:
“The Air Force Space and Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station preserves both the hardware and the spirit of United States’ ventures into space. The museum displays numerous missiles, rockets and related space equipment.
“The primary mission is to collect, restore, and exhibit items of historical significance which relate to the development and heritage of U.S. Air Force space launch activities. This unique museum highlights the Air Force as a major participant in America’s space program and emphasizes activities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station beginning in early 1950 and continuing today.” (afspacemuseum.org/about)
The museum’s extensive collection of early rocket and missile components, many displayed in an outdoor “rocket garden” (afspacemuseum.org/displays/RocketGarden), would certainly captivate any young space enthusiast. Take a look around their website, and perhaps even plan a homeschool visit in person for the future.
What museum or historical monument have you visited with your homeschool students lately?
❡ Explore more: Your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books) has a section on spaceflight and space exploration that is packed full of facts and figures (pages 327–331). Your atlas will show you the location of Cape Canaveral on Florida’s “Space Coast.”