Museum Artifacts

A listing of selected Museum artifacts that can be used to teach American history using object-based learning techniques. The selected artifacts represent a variety of historical eras and the list will grow over time. Want to suggest a new artifact? Click here to contact us.


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Cladding Fragment from the World Trade Center

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 9/1/2010

This crumpled piece of exterior sheathing was recovered from the debris pile of the World Trade Center after the building collapsed following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


Codex Telleriano-Remensis

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 9/17/2009

The civilizations of pre-Hispanic Mexico recorded their histories, religious beliefs, and scientific knowledge in books called codices. Codices are folded pieces of hide or bark that depict both mundane and spiritual scenes with images, symbols, a...


Colonel Leonard Wood's Jacket and Cap

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/16/2010

Physical Description Light khaki jacket with blue facings with epaulettes and gold-colored buttons. Wool felt hat with cotton braids and gilt threads. Specific History Jacket and hat worn by Colonel Leonard Wood in Cuba.


Colonial Powder Horn

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/15/2010

During the colonial period, cattle horns were used by woodsmen and by soldiers for storing gunpowder in a safe, dry place. The horns also became decorative objects as they were personalized by the owner. Makers carved names, initials, dates, flags...


Colt Model 1860 Revolver

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/22/2010

The Colt Model 1860 army revolver was manufactured from 1860 through 1873. The total production consisted of more than 200,000. The six-shot, .44-caliber revolver was the primary handgun used by Union troops during the Civil War because of its rel...


Colt Model 1892 Revolver

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/17/2010

Physical History United States Colt M1892 revolver, .38 caliber. Specific History Colt revolver carried by Captain Allyn K. Capron. General History Captain Allyn Capron was the son of West Point graduate E. All...


Committee of Safety Musket

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/30/2009

Committee of Safety rifles were copied from the British King’s Arms Long Land pattern musket. During the mid-1700s many communities formed Committees of Safety to address the needs and concerns of the times. Committees of Safety during the e...


Confederate 5 Dollar Bill, 1862

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 11/6/2008

Like the fledgling United States during the American Revolution, the Confederacy struggled to keep its money in existence during the American Civil War, 1861-1865. Coinage had never been all that plentiful in the states that now made up the Southe...


Confederate Battle Flag

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/22/2010

The Confederate battle flag, known as the “Stars and Bars,” was born of necessity at the Battle of Bull Run. Amid the smoke and general chaos of battle, it was hard to distinguish the Confederate "Stars and Bars" from the U.S. national...


Confederate Bowie Knife and Scabbard

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/22/2010

During the Civil War, the Bowie knife was popular with Confederate soldiers, whose arms generally were inferior. The blade, made of steel, was up to 14 inches long. In general, the bowie is usually classified as any large knife with...

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Featured Artifact

Civil War Soldier's Violin

Violin purchased by Solomon Conn in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 1, 1863. Conn carried the violin while serving with Company B, 87th Indiana Volunteers during the Civil War....