Heritage Frederick  – The Historical Society of Frederick County
Bridging the Past to the Future

Snallygaster's Exploratorium

All Snallygaster’s Exploratorium adventures are included with museum admission.

Snallygaster’s Museum Adventures

CIVIL WAR SELFIES

Share the stories of five individuals from the Civil War in the interactive selfie station. Will you be twirling across the dance floor, serving aboard a naval vessel or creating a unique story to tell? #CWSELFIES

CAN YOU DIG IT?

Explore the world of the dinosaurs that once roamed Frederick and practice your skills as a paleontologist as you discover and identify four hidden fossils.

HOME AGAIN

Have you or someone you known immigrated to a new country? Whether 300 years ago or today, choosing to immigrate to a new land can be an exciting and difficult adventure. Follow the story of Christian Getzendanner and his family as they travel to their  new home in Frederick. Explore their luggage trunk and yourself if you would be ready to make the journey.

FLASHBACK FREDERICK

Test your puzzle skills and step back in time to how Frederick County has changed.

BETWEEN THE LINES

Do you long for the days when communication was simple? Do you prefer the fast track of mobile devices? Explore some of the major leaps in communication technology over the past 200 years and see if you can decipher the message between the lines.

SNALLY’S JUNIOR CURATOR HUNT

The museum of Heritage Frederick is looking for new Junior Curators! Do you have what it takes to investigate our artifacts  and solve the riddle?

Snallygaster’s Take Home Adventures

Continue the Fun Outside of the Museum

CREATE YOUR OWN FAMILY TREE

Uncover the secrets to your own history by building your family tree. Remember to listen and collect the family stories that are shared with you.

MAKE YOUR OWN FRAKTUR

German Americans created these beautifully painted documents to commemorate births, marriages, baptisms, holiday greetings and more. What in your life will you choose to celebrate?

FOLLOW THE TRAIL OF JOHN BABCOCK

Follow John Babcock, a union spy through downtown Frederick and collect the clues to decipher his secret message.

PACK FOR YOUR ADVENTURE: Create Your Own Traveling Trunk

What if you chose to move to a new country? Would you be able to take everything you owned? 300 years ago, the Getzedanner family had to make the tough choice to bring only what fit into their trunks. Create your own traveling trunk and decide what you will bring on your own adventure.

TOUCH THE LAND OF THE DINOSAURS

although millions of years separate us, you can still find pieces of the world of dinosaurs here in Frederick. Follow the trail to find the plants that share a special connection to our favorite dinos.

FLAT SNALLY & BABS

Create your own Snallygaster or Barbara Fritchie sighting. Take Flat Snally or Babs on an adventure to your favorite historic locations. Remember to photograph and post on Facebook or Instagram. #FlatSnally or #FlatBabs

SIGNATURE EVENTS

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Bridging Frederick County's past with its present and future