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Maps, Merchants, and Mansa Musa: The Powerful Mali Empire

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Grade Level: 3rd

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Duration: 30 minutes

The empire of Mali was both powerful and wealthy. Mighty rulers and trade made the kingdom of Mali flourish well before the arrival of Europeans. In this 30-minute interactive program, students learn about this ancient civilization through artifacts, objects, and pictures. Students will be introduced to object analysis and the importance of oral traditions.

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Learning Objectives

Students will gain a better understanding of: 

  • The importance of folktales and oral traditions, and
  • The many factors that allowed Mali to become a wealthy empire.

History (VDOE 2023):

  • Elementary: 3abc, 3.2a, 3.8


Payment can be made before the program, or we can invoice following your program.

  • Programs at the Museum are $4.50 per student.
    All adults accompanying a field trip are free.
  • Programs at your location are $4.50 per student.
  • Virtual education programs are $125 per program.

Reservations are required for all programs and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly in the fall and spring, so make your reservations a minimum of two weeks in advance.

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