Field Trips

"What's That Smell? 1860s Hygiene" (Guided Program)

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The past smelled bad. Really, really bad.

"What's That Smell?" takes students on a trip back in time on an olfactory adventure where they learn the different factors that would challenge the senses of a 21st century visitor. Students learn about Victorian-era personal hygiene, clothes laundering practices, waste disposal, and understanding of bacteria. The program also includes a cool craft activity that kids get to take home.

Grade Level

Program Duration

Group Size

Guided or Self-Guided?


4th & 5th


60 minutes
(includes 20 minute activity)


minimum - 10 students

maximum - 30 students



What You Need to Know About This Program:

  • There is no fee;
  • You must complete and submit the registration sheet at least two weeks prior to your intended visitation date;
  • To see what dates are available, please visit our online calendar;
  • If your school group exceeds the 30 student limit, special arrangements are required;
  • The viewing of our 35-minute film is included in your field trip.

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Education Specialist
770-427-4686 x 0


Art, Civil War, Family Life, History, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies
National/State Standards:
Georgia Performance Standards for Social Studies - SS5H1 (c)(e), SS8H6 (b), SSUSH9 (d) Common Core Standard for Language Arts (fifth grade) - ELACC5RL1; ELACC5RI1; ELACC5RI3; ELACC5SL5
hygiene, health, cleanliness, Civil War, 19th century, Victorian era, smell
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