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Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture

"Castle in the City" History Lab 2019-2020

Time Frames
During School Day
Field Trip
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Talented/Gifted


Young faces glow with excitement as they step into the “Castle in the City” to learn about the most unique building in Dallas. The 1892 Courthouse sets the stage for an exciting exploration of history and architecture. Students go on a scavenger hunt to find unique designs and discover shapes such as circles, squares, rectangles, diamonds, triangles, stars, and hexagons in Old Red’s unique architecture. Identifying these shapes along with glue, construction paper, crayons, and markers prompt students to construct a building of their own to take home with them.

Students Will

  • Identify shapes in the building's architecture such as circles, squares, diamonds, rectangles, stars, and hexagons.
  • Learn about the history and architecture of the Old Red Courthouse.
  • Literacy Connection: Up Goes the Skyscraper by Gail Gibbons ISBN: 0689714114
  • Design a building of their own using common shapes.


Dates: August 2019 to July 2020
Times: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Duration: Each program lasts about 55 minutes and is designed to accommodate 35-40 students. More than one program can be done during a school visit to accommodate large groups. Allow an additional 1.5 hours for the museum galleries.
School Fee: Price Per Student: $7.00
Minimum Attendance: 20
Maximum Attendance: 100
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: 1 adult is REQUIRED for every 10 students.
Other Information: ADULT ADMISSION: We allot one free adult for every ten students, any after that are the regular admission price of $10. Please arrive at the Museum on time. Account for traffic in downtown Dallas by leaving school earlier than initially planned. If you will be late, please call the Museum's front desk at 214-745-1100. The Museum requires one adult for every ten students. All adults and chaperones are expected to actively participate in the museum program by keeping students on task and engaged. If your classes will be having lunch while on the field trip, we have a wonderful OUTSIDE area to the east of the building for sack lunches. There is a large grassy area around the Kennedy Memorial, and there are benches with trees.

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: Call the Old Red Group Sales team at 214-757-1925. Email [email protected]
Deadline: Must be scheduled no later than 5 days before voucher expiration date.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made a minimum of 2 weeks (10 business days) in advance. If you choose not to come on your scheduled day and have not rescheduled, your school or ISD will be responsible for 100% of the amount due for your trip. If your school or ISD is closed on the day of your trip due to inclement weather or other emergencies, we will make every effort to reschedule. If no make-up day is available, you will be refunded the cost of your program. Please understand that when you schedule a school program, the museum schedules staff and volunteers to make the program possible.
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