Educational Family Vacations: George Washington Carver National Monument

George Washington Carver National Monument

When I was growing up, my knowledge of George Washington Carver was pretty limited. I knew him only as “the peanut man.” So I was quite thrilled to visit George Washington Carver National Monument in Newton, Missouri following an Arkansas road trip. There, I learned the fascinating details of a life well lived.

It makes sense, in a way, to introduce kids to George Washington Carver as the peanut man. After all, he did create 44 practical bulletins for farmers which contained 105 food recipes using peanuts. It’s a great way to ease kids into his accomplishments.

At the George Washington Carver National Monument, you’ll get a more comprehensive look at his genius. He spent most of his life as an inventor and scientist, promoting alternative crops and methods to prevent soil depletion. He really struck me as a 20th century Leonardo da Vinci with his expertise in science and art.

If you’re big on educational family vacations, I think the George Washington Carver National Monument is perfect. There are several interactive portions of the museum, educational materials, and a beautiful nature trail leading to his boyhood home. It’s ideal for both parents and kids!

Visiting George Washington Carver National Monument

About George Washington Carver National Monument

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George Washington Carver National Monument is a collection of properties. You have the museum, with a brief exhibit on his life and work, plus a second floor interactive area that mimics the laboratory he taught in. There’s also a self-guided trail that leads you to his boyhood home. 

How to Get to George Washington Carver National Monument

Many arrive at George Washington Carver National Monument from Diamond, Missouri via 59S highway.

Inside the museum

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I greatly enjoyed walking through the exhibit and learning about George Washington Carver’s many accomplishments. Due to covid, the interactive area was closed, but I imagine that will change soon.

George Washington Carver National Monument Trail

I was blown away by how peaceful and beautiful the trail was. Included in this magicalarea is the birth site of George, the Boy Carver statue and the Moses Carver house (which you are able to walk through).

Signs are posted throughout the trail that tell you of George’s upbringing and what led to his fascination with agricultural science.

If you’re interested, guided tours are offered every day by park rangers at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

George Washington Carver National Monument orientation video

George Washington Carver National Monument Vlog

What to know before you go

Did this post about George Washington Carver National Monument inspire one of your next educational family vacations? Let me know!

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Pin visiting George Washington Carver National Monument!

Safe travels!

-Maggie

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