School Program

Getting from Here to There

Early Forms of Transportation

What was it like to travel a long time ago?

Students will explore the changes in transportation as they experience a bumpy road riding in a the stagecoach, listen to a railroad story and “drive” a streetcar in the Journey to Work exhibit.  Then, they will see ships that have sailed the San Francisco Bay in the Ships of the World exhibit.

There are 2 versions of the Getting from Here to There program.

Regular Program: Students explore both exhibits. The program is 1 ½ hours.

Extended Program: Activities of the Regular Program plus students make their own model ship. The program is 2 hours. If you request a Double Program (2 classes at the same time), you will be participating in the Extended Program. Additional fee applies.

Discover the bus of the 1850s.

Child drives the streetcar in the exhibit Journey to Work

“Drive” a streetcar.


Students will be able to identify five forms of transportation in San Mateo County, what made them move and if they are still used today.

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  • Geared to first and second graders.
  • History-Social Science Content Standards: 1.4 and 2.1.
  • Available on Tuesdays-Fridays at 9:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. Please note the Regular Program lasts 1 ½ hours. An Extended Program is 2 hours.
  • 2024-2025 Regular Program fee is $100.  An Extended Program is $115. A double program is possible for $110 per class.
  • Program fee applies to ONE class of up to 30 students.  

Some scholarships are available for low-income schools. To apply, complete the online scholarship form.