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Exhibition Program Education Services engages, encourages, and serves educators, as well as students of all ages, or life-long learners who are researching a topic or who are curious about the world around them. We develop resources that examine and interpret the ongoing interaction between science, society, and the humanities.

Our framework

Educators from the disciplines of health education, history, literature, science, social studies, and technology collaborate with us to develop content and standards-aligned educational resources that enhance our online exhibitions. Together, we develop instructional resources that explore how scientific endeavors are shaped by and influence society and culture. The resources engage students in close examination of historical, real-world exhibition materials, in order to address specific learning outcomes, as well as help students expand knowledge, cross-curricular literacy and higher order thinking skills outlined in the K-12 Common Core State Standards (English Language Arts).

Our services

We provide online educational resources for elementary to higher education levels, as well as onsite exhibition tours, school field trips, and professional development programs for K-12 educators. The Education Services brochure summarizes our services and can be downloaded for printing and distribution.

online resources

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans explore a topic covered in the exhibition and include information about suggested grade levels, required time, learning outcomes, background information, vocabulary, materials, evaluation, extension, and relevant standards. Educators with introductory knowledge in topic areas will benefit from detailed class procedures and support materials. Teachers will easily be able to assess and adapt all or parts of lesson plans.

Higher Education Modules

Higher Education Modules outline background information and thematic units or classes, and offer instructional suggestions and resources, such as primary and secondary sources, images, interviews, or other multimedia materials.

Online Activities

Online Activities provide interactive or reflective, user-driven exercises of selected exhibition content, and career information.

Other Resources

Other Resources include selected and general bibliographies that are a starting point for deepening readers' understanding of exhibition themes.

Onsite Resources

All onsite resources are made available to the public free of charge.

Exhibition Tours

Exhibition Tours are available to individuals and groups Monday through Friday, 10 am–5:00 pm, except on federal holidays. Depending on visitor requirements, guided tours last between 40 to 60 minutes. Please go to Plan a Visit, to find out what exhibitions are on display, to request a guided tour, or to learn about accommodations for large groups.

School Field Trips

School field trips are developed to accommodate different size groups and specific areas of interest. Visits can last from a minimum of 1.5 hours to 3 hours and may include multiple activities. Start planning your field trip, today, by submitting an online Plan a Visit request.

K-12 Professional Development Workshops

Professional development workshops are a half-day programs developed for K-12 educators to learn about our educational resources and consider their application in meeting both content and common core state standards. Please contact the exhibition educator (; 301-496-5963) to set up a professional development workshop at the National Library of Medicine.