what teachers think

Great trip! The students enjoyed all of it and had their learning reinforced!

—4th Grade Teacher from Effinger Elementary School in Lexington, Virginia

hands-on exhibits

The Kodiak bear is one of many exhibits that draw in hundreds of area elementary students each year.

Investigate! Learn! Discover!

Welcome to the Hostetter Museum of Natural History and Discovery Room, where lots of hands-on fun and learning is waiting for you! Our museum is home to more than 6,000 artifacts and specimens and neat highlights:

  • fluorescent rock room
  • 3,000 year-old mummy hand
  • full mount American bison
  • Kodiak bear
  • Rocky mountain goat
  • two-headed calf
  • special exhibits like the Arctic Region, Native Americans, and Ancient Egypt

School Workshops and Programs

Teacher, bring your class to campus and enjoy the hands-on fun of our customized workshops! Special effort is made to adapt the entire museum program to the specific grade level of students and to reinforce VA Standards of Learning and WV Learning Outcomes.

Learn more about special school workshops