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Museum Trip

(Cost of buses to Cambridge only)  – Each year, a team of seventh graders travels to the Harvard University Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This trip has two parts. The main purpose of the visit is to allow students to view and to react to major original paintings, sculptures, drawings, ancient artifacts, and decorative arts. Upon completion of the Social Studies unit on the Renaissance art and society, students tour at their own pace in small chaperoned groups and share their reactions to what they see while inferring what a piece may say about the people who created it. For many students, this is their first encounter with an original Picasso, Rembrandt, or ancient Chinese jade carving, and for some this is a transformative event. Many express the desire to visit an art museum again with their families. Because the museum is on the Harvard campus, students are also given a half hour tour of Harvard Yard and nearby buildings with a focus on this historical place and on what it would be like for them to go to college when they are older.

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