Student Activity Guides

Printable material for Bullock Museum films and exhibitions

Museum activity guides relate to films and exhibitions and support the Texas curriculum.

Use the links below to explore materials that will encourage conversation and help your students discover history, science, and culture.


Activity Guides

Activity guides help students focus on specific topics and skills during their Museum visit.

All Grade Levels

Making a Living Activity Guide
What jobs have Texans done over time, and how has the state’s geography influenced which industries grew here? How have trade and new industries shaped the economy of Texas? Find out by using the Making a Living Activity Guide. Explore the Texas History Galleries, looking closely at the artifacts and following the guide as it leads your students through six activities in the museum.

Artifact Adventure
Send your students on an adventure to find an artifact in the museum, and learn how to analyze it like a historian.

Find and Sketch
As they visit the Museum galleries, your students become artists by sketching artifacts that represent thematic topics. Later, enjoy using their sketches in various ways in your classroom.

Museum Rotunda Mosaic Search
Head up the Grand Staircase to the third floor Rotunda, and look down. Using the Mosaic in the Rotunda floor, students will explore the history of Texas and learn the importance of a detailed examination of artifacts.

Photo Scavenger Hunt
Students use their analyzing and photography skills with this activity as they explore the Museum exhibits. Future activities using their creative photos are limitless.

Downloads for Films

Both the Texas Spirit Theater, a multi-sensory experience, and the IMAX® Theatre offer a memorable and fun way to understand history, science, and culture. Want to enrich your students' experience in the theater? Use these downloads to accompany films currently on view with activities in the classroom before or after your trip to the Museum.


America's Musical Journey

America's Musical Journey celebrates the unique diversity of cultures and the creative risk-taking that characterize America, as told through the story of its music. Follow Grammy-Award® nominated singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong’s footsteps through the colorful locales and cultures where America’s music was born. Visit cities such as New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Nashville, and Miami, and experience uniquely American adventures that embody the country’s trailblazing spirit. America's Musical Journey introduces us to the artists, music makers, storytellers and innovators who are shaping America’s culture today and will leave you inspired to explore your own creativity. 


At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are dedicated to protecting the species by breeding adult Giant Pandas in order to introduce cubs into the wild. Pandas, an adventure story perfect for the whole family, follows the story of one researcher whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique inspired by the work of wildlife conservationists a world away. What starts as a cross-cultural collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for a Chinese researcher; an American biologist who crosses an ocean to join her; a scientist from Inner Mongolia; and a very curious female cub named Qian Qian, born in captivity. Students will follow Qian Qian's first steps outside her protected habitat, discovering her true nature and facing the challenges of the unknown.

Amazon Adventure

Amazon Adventure follows the 11 year journey of explorer Henry Bates. In the 1850s, Bates traveled the Brazilian Amazon and identified over 8,000 species new to science. His amazing work led to the discovery of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others in order to survive. Join us for this immersive and visually stunning experience where you can travel through the bio-diverse Amazon rainforest and open your mind to everything that's waiting to be discovered.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.