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Imaginative learning with Karl May

The starting point for our educational work are the collections of the Karl May Museum. This not only involves educating the public on Karl May as an author and the Indian cultures of North America, but also inspiring imagination and creativity. Our museum is an ideal place for this.

Most of these educational services consist of two parts: On a guided tour of the exhibitions, the children and young people dive into Karl May’s world of adventure and get to know the diversity of the Indian cultures of North America. The museum tour is combined with a design service for different age groups, which requires creative work and craft skills.

For higher age groups, we can focus on specific topics in group work after a tour.

The following creative courses can be booked:

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Thunderbird and coyote(from preschool age)

Event format: Themed tour followed by creative part
Recommended age group: From preschool
Group size: min. 15, max. 30 persons
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Price: € 6.00 per child/school child (Including admission, tour and creative part)

Curriculum reference:

  • Ethics: Development of the ability to choose their own way of life in responsibility to the community and nature, development of intercultural skills
  • Social studies: Finding your way in a social and cultural environment
  • Art: Combination of art and culture, living their own creativity

What to expect:

Every one of you definitely has an image in their mind when they think of North American Indians and their homeland. And you certainly associate two or three things immediately with Indians: teepees, canoes and totem pole. All three were important to the Indians. On our museum grounds, you can find these three things alongside many other Indian artefacts.

During your guided tour, you will get an interesting insight in the lives of the Indians. This will focus on the teepee, canoe and totem pole. Then everyone can create their own object from Indian culture, and then take it home with them. Then your whole group puts together an Indian area from the components created.

Information for teachers:

Our museum consists of two permanent exhibitions, “North American Indians” in Villa Bärenfett and “Karl May – Life and Work” in Villa Shatterhand. The museum visit is broken down into two parts – a guided tour and a creative part – with each part lasting one hour. The guided tour is made attractive and comprehensible for children, and involves the children interactively. As the handicrafts options in the creative part are suitable for younger age groups up to 4th class, we recommend the programme for these groups in particular.

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The power of music(from preschool / from 5th class)

Event format: Themed guided tour, after which the school children make a hand or turtle rattle
Recommended age group: From preschool (hand rattle) / from 5th class (turtle rattle)
Group size: min.15, max. 30 persons
Duration: Roughly 2 hours
Price: Hand rattle / Turtle rattle: € 6.00 per child/school child (Including admission, tour and creative part)

Curriculum reference:

  • Music: Development of musical instruments from an earlier time, making music with simple available items
  • Ethics: Development of intercultural skills

What to expect:

You think drums, dancing and Indians belong together? That’s right. But Indians had lots of other instruments. You can learn which those were and what role music played for the Indians during the tour of our museum.

Of course, we not only look at drums, rattles and the Apache violin, but also many other objects that can tell us something about the lives of the Indians.

Then you can make your own Indian rattle to fill your home with sound. We can’t wait to see what rattles you choose!

Information for teachers:

Our museum consists of two permanent exhibitions, “North American Indians” in Villa Bärenfett and “Karl May – Life and Work” in Villa Shatterhand. The museum visit is broken down into two parts – a guided tour and a creative part – with each part lasting one hour. The guided tour is made attractive and comprehensible for children, and involves the children interactively. We recommend the hand rattle for younger school children, as it takes more highly developed fine motor skills to make the turtle rattle.

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I can paint a sand picture(from 2nd class)

Event format: Themed guided tour, followed by making a sand picture
Recommended age group: From 2nd class
Group size: min. 15, max. 30 persons
Duration: Roughly 2 hours
Price: € 6.00 per child/school child (Including admission, tour and creative part)

Curriculum reference:

  • Ethics: Development of the ability to choose their own way of life in responsibility to the community and nature, development of intercultural skills
  • Social studies: Finding your way in a social and cultural environment
  • Art: Combination of art and culture, living their own creativity

What to expect:

Have you ever painted a picture with sand? Never? Then come to the museum, that’s just what you can do here. Before everyone can produce their own personal sand picture for home, you learn some interesting facts on the life and work of the man our museum is named after, Karl May, and also take a fascinating look at the lives of the Indians he wrote about.

You don’t know what sand pictures are good for? During the guided tour, we will look closely at many details in our exhibits, including the meaning and uses of sand pictures. Let your creativity run free and design it however you want it.

Information for teachers:

Our museum consists of two permanent exhibitions, “North American Indians” in Villa Bärenfett and “Karl May – Life and Work” in Villa Shatterhand. The museum visit is broken down into two parts – a guided tour and a creative part – with each part lasting one hour. The guided tour is made attractive and comprehensible for school children, and involves them interactively.

Depending on the age group, the children can make the sand picture in different ways: There are various ready-made motifs for younger school children to choose from. Older school children can use templates or design their own motifs.

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Feathers: Dance jewellery and badges of honour(from 3rd class)

Event format: Themed guided tour, followed by creation of a feather of honour
Recommended age group: From 3rd class
Group size: min.15, max. 30 persons
Duration: Roughly 2 hours
Price: € 6.00 per school child (including admission, tour and creative part)

Curriculum reference:

  • Ethics: Development of the ability to choose their own way of life in responsibility to the community and nature, development of intercultural skills
  • Social studies: Finding your way in a social and cultural environment
  • Art: Combination of art and culture, living their own creativity

What to expect:

Almost everyone knows what feathers are and where they come from. But you have probably never heard of “feathers of honour”. On the fascinating journey through our museum, you can learn lost of interesting things about the author Karl May and the lives of North American Indians. You can also learn what a feather of honour is and what they are good for. Then you can make your own mark of honour and show it to your family and friends at home.

Information for teachers:

Our museum consists of two permanent exhibitions, “North American Indians” in Villa Bärenfett and “Karl May – Life and Work” in Villa Shatterhand. The museum visit is broken down into two parts – a guided tour and a creative part – with each part lasting one hour. The guided tour is made attractive and comprehensible for school children, and involves them interactively. Making the feathers of honour requires some fine motor skills, and is therefore recommended for groups from third class or higher.

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Kachinas: Spirits in all things(from 4th class)

Event format: Themed guided tour, after which the school children make a kachina (corn doll)
Recommended age group: From 4th class
Group size: min.15, max. 30 persons
Duration: Roughly 2 hours
Price: € 6.00 per school child (Including admission, tour and creative part)

Curriculum reference:

  • Ethics: Development of the ability to choose their own way of life in responsibility to the community and nature, development of intercultural skills
  • Art: Combination of art and culture, living their own creativity
  • History: Learning how other cultures lived

What to expect:

You have no idea what a “kachina” is? Never mind!

Come on an exciting journey in our museum, following the footsteps of the Indians and learn lots of interesting things during the guided tour of the museum. After the guided tour, you will definitely know what kachinas are and what they meant to the Indians. Afterwards, you can make your own kachina and take it home with you.

Information for teachers:

Our museum consists of two permanent exhibitions, “North American Indians” in Villa Bärenfett and “Karl May – Life and Work” in Villa Shatterhand. The museum visit is broken down into two parts – a guided tour and a creative part – with each part lasting one hour. The guided tour is made attractive and comprehensible for school children, and involves them interactively. In the creative part, all participants make their own kachina in the form of a corn doll.

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Indian lucky charms(from 5th class)

Event format: Themed guided tour, followed by making a lucky charm bag
Recommended age group: From 5th class
Group size: min. 15, max. 30 persons
Duration: Roughly 2 hours
Price: € 6.00 per school child (including admission, tour and creative part)

Curriculum reference:

  • Development of the ability to choose their own way of life in responsibility to the community and nature, development of intercultural skills
  • Social studies: Finding your way in a social and cultural environment
  • Art: Combination of art and culture, living their own creativity

What to expect:

You probably have something that always brings you luck? But where do you keep this treasure, to make sure you don’t lose it? In your trouser pocket, in your backpack or under your pillow? The Indians made little leather bags for their most important belongings. During your guided tour of the Karl May Museum, you will learn lots of interesting facts on Karl May, the North American Indians and what they had to do with one another. Afterwards, you can make your own lucky charm bag for your special treasures at home.

Information for teachers:

Our museum consists of two permanent exhibitions, “North American Indians” in Villa Bärenfett and “Karl May – Life and Work” in Villa Shatterhand. The museum visit is broken down into two parts – a guided tour and a creative part – with each part lasting one hour. The guided tour is made attractive and comprehensible for school children, and involves them interactively. We recommend that older groups of school children only make the lucky charm bag.

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Dream catchers: Keep bad dreams away(from 7th class)

Event format: Themed guided tour, followed by making a dream catcher

Recommended age group: From 7th class
Group size: min. 15, max. 30 persons
Duration: Roughly 2 hours
Price: € 6.00 per child/school child (Including admission, tour and creative part)

Curriculum reference:

  • Ethics: Development of the ability to choose their own way of life in responsibility to the community and nature, development of intercultural skills
  • Art: Combination of art and culture, living their own creativity
  • History: Learning how other cultures lived

What to expect:

I’m sure you have all had a nightmare before, and know how hard it is to fall asleep again afterwards. The Indians had dream catchers in their teepees in case that ever happened. You can see lots of everyday items the Indians had in our museum. You will learn about all of these things during the tour, so that you can understand the lives of the Indians better. Then you can create your own dream catcher to protect yourself against bad dreams in future. What will your own personal dream catcher for your room look like?

Information for teachers:

Our museum consists of two permanent exhibitions, “North American Indians” in Villa Bärenfett and “Karl May – Life and Work” in Villa Shatterhand. The museum visit is broken down into two parts – a guided tour and a creative part – with each part lasting one hour. The guided tour is made attractive and comprehensible for school children, and involves them interactively. School children usually love to make the dream catcher, but it takes a certain level of fine motor skills.

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The following specific topic courses can be booked:

In Karl May’s footsteps - Specialised guided tour of the Karl May Museum’s exhibitions(from 6th class)

Event format: Group project followed by tour of the museum

Recommended age group: From 6th class

Group size: min. 15, max. 30 persons

Duration: Roughly 1.5 hours

Price: € 50.00 guided tour fee per group + admission per school child

Curriculum reference:

  • Ethics: Development of the ability to choose their own way of life in responsibility to the community and nature, development of intercultural skills
  • History: Learning from how other cultures lived
  • German: Describing complex phenomena

What to expect:

Who was Karl May and what did he have to do with the North American Indians? Why is there a museum about Indians in Radebeul? Explore the Karl May Museum and its exhibitions yourself. Work together in researcher groups, discover and collect knowledge and information on many interesting subjects related to Karl May and the Indians.

Information for teachers:

At the start of the event, the school children receive a brief introduction to the Karl May Museum and the two exhibition buildings. Then worksheets are handed out, which the school children are to complete independently, working in groups. The results will be assessed afterwards while walking around the various stations in the exhibition rooms. This gives participants an in-depth insight that can be expanded via questions and problems for the students.

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Preparatory material:

Guide to the Karl May Museum for Children (in German), available in our Museum Shop.

Notes:

  • The children can bring food with them or buy it from the snack bar in the summer months.
  • Groups can stay in the museum and on the museum grounds longer than the educational programmes: Of course, additional services like the gold panning station, the playground or the interactive station for children can also be used.
  • Our exhibitions are accessible even when the weather is bad
  • The programme can be adapted individually in consultation with the museum staff

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Telephone: + 49 (0) 351 8373013
F + 49 (0) 351 8373055
E-mail: vermittlung@karl-may-museum.de

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Birthday parties can be held during the opening hours. The latest start is 4:00 pm, from November to February 3:00 pm.

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Guided tours can be held during the opening hours:

Open Tuesday to Sunday all year round

From March to October: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
From November to February: 10:00 – 17:00
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Karl May Museum

Karl-May-Str. 5
01445 Radebeul

Our admission prices

Adults: € 9 / Reduced admission: € 7
Children: € 3 / Family ticket: € 20

Contact:

info@karl-may-museum.de
Phone + 49 (0) 351 8373010

Our opening hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday all year round
From March to Oct: 9 am – 6 pm
From Nov to Feb: 10 am – 17 pm

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