Education

The Regimes Museum strives to serve scholars, professors, teachers, students, and the community as a whole by providing, among exhibitions and other programs, curricula for use in academic settings for students and teachers. To make the study of the phenomenon of tyranny and dictatorship and topics surrounding this theme easier for students of history, we have and continue to develop learning material for use in the classroom. Curriculum can include topics such as the interactions and relations between regimes and their neighbors in the local international community as well as internal issues and topics as well. In this section, you will find curriculum created to explore and expound the aforementioned themes and specialized topics. You will also find educational options the Regimes Museum provides to high schools and universities for visiting short term and long term exhibitions and lecture opportunities. If you are an educator and wish to get involved, develop, share curriculum, lesson plans, presentations, or wish to have the Regimes Museum visit your school, please contact regimesmuseum@gmail.com.

Mission: The purpose of the Regimes Museum Education Program is to educate, inspire, engage, and foster historical literacy through tailored programs, lectures, tours, hands-on experience, and academic projects. These programs and projects are accessible through the Museum as well as at middle/high schools, universities, and colleges.

Programs and Services Overview: The following is a list of programs and services offered by the Regimes Museum and can be tailored to your educational needs. These programs can be experienced at Regimes Museum functions, and at your middle/high school, university, and college. Below you will find a list of topics to choose along with another list of program types. Please specify which program type and topic you would like to order.
    Part of the RM’s education program will be ready-made guest lectures that can be requested by schools, other museums, community centers, etc. These talks should be ~50 minutes, including Q&A, and accessible to the general public.

Booking and Cancellation Information: The Regimes Museum recommends scheduling school programs at least four weeks in advance to secure preferred times. Free rates, where applicable, are available only to groups who schedule tours in advance. Since the Regimes Museum staff and the team of volunteers work very hard to make each tour meaningful for each group, and time slots are limited to one group at a time, any cancellation must be made three business days before a scheduled tour. In the event of a late cancellation barring those related to weather that affect either the school district or the exhibit/program site), groups will be charged a late fee of $25.


Select a topic from the list for more history-learning opportunities. More topics are available than are listed so please contact us at regimesmuseum@gmail.com for more information and further consultation.

General Topics and Themes:
Origin of the Algerian Diaspora | The Rise of Ho Chi Minh | Early 20th Century Middle Eastern Politics | Rise of the Ba’athists and Muslim Brotherhood | East Germany “DDR Days” | WWI & WWII “WWI-WWII Days” | Comparative Dictatorships Studies | More topics available!

Music History Series:
Soviet Composers | Music Trends in Totalitarian Regimes | The East German Punk Scene | Wagner and his Influence on the Axis Powers | Napoleon and Beethoven
| More topics available!

The Rise and Fall Series:
The Rise and Fall of Italian Fascism | The Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany | The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union | The Rise and Fall of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) | The Rise and Fall of Ba’athist Iraq (Saddam Hussein) | The Rise and Fall of Imperial Japan | The Rise and Fall of the Khmer Rouge | The Rise and Fall of Gaddafi’s Libya
| More topics available!

Specific Topics and themes:
The Holocaust: How did one of the biggest crimes in modern history come about? This educational program provides an intimate history of the Holocaust from a macro-micro historical narrative. It combines the personal eyewitness accounts of survivors and perpetrators with historical analysis to show how ordinary men became killers and how a system went from burning books to exterminating people.
Collectivism: The cost of National Socialist, Fascist, Socialist, and Communist Tyranny. This program looks at several totalitarian ideologies and the role their collectivist agendas played in turning their nations into totalitarian dictatorships that destroy liberty and individual rights.
Totalitarian Personalities: Take a look at the lives of dictators from the banal to the absurd. This program looks at the personalities of some of the most evil men in history. Explore the private lives of Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Hideki Tojo, Moamar Gaddafi, Idi Amin, Kim Il-Sung among others. This program can be tailored to your needs.
Youth Under Dictators: Learn from and understand how dictatorships indoctrinate and control the youth of the nations they took root in. We will explore various methods used to control the hearts and minds of children from the 20th century to today.
North Korea: The last Stalinist Dictatorship: Follow the rise of Kim Il-Sung and his attempted conquest of his southern neighbor during the Korean War. Explore how the regime was founded and how it continues to menace the world today.
The Stasi: Learn about the secretive espionage agency of the former East Germany. Learn about the role the Stasi played in the Cold War, what it did to manage dissent at home, and how it sponsored attacks against the west.


Options for Colleges and Universities


Mini Exhibitions available to both high schools and universities (Cold War Series)

Historical Lecture Package A and B: Package A: Have a member of the Museum staff guest lecture about a topic in your college or university class along with Museum objects and historical witnesses or footage (where applicable). These lectures can be tailored towards the needs of the class. Transportation and other costs may apply. Please contact us for more details and further consultation. Package B: Host a presentation event at your college or university. The Regimes Museum provides presentations on a wide range of topics related to the core fields studied at the Museum. This package includes one or more Museum staff lecturers, eye witness (in person or video footage) accounts, Museum objects pertaining to the topic, learning material, and handouts. Transportation, set up, learning material, printing, and other costs may apply. Please contact us for more details and further consultation.

Lecture Events & Series: Host one of our lecture events and / or have your graduate students participate in Museum sponsored lecture events and series and have their work published in the R.M Journal. The Regimes Museum hosts its own lectures and will also co-host lectures at your college or university in an effort to help prepare your graduate students for work in higher education. All graduate students who qualify will have their work published in the R.M. Journal along with a featured author section. Students who use archival material from our holdings are encouraged to share their work. Lecture series and events are also open to professors and faculty interested in sharing their work as well. Although these lecture events are free for participants and are open to the public, some costs may still apply. Please contact us for more details and further consultation.

Traveling Exhibitions: Host one of our traveling exhibitions at your college or university. Our traveling exhibitions vary in size and scope but can be large exhibitions as well as small. If you wish to use our archive to create an exhibition that you wish to host at your college or university, our traveling exhibitions program is an ideal platform to combine the efforts and strengths of higher level learning institutions with museum and archival work. If you wish to host an existing traveling exhibition or would like to create one to be held at your university, please contact us for further consultation and pricing.

Publication Days for Colleges and Universities: This package is designed to be used either as a contest or a general opportunity for students to publish their work as an academic publication. Students of history either combine their efforts to publish a book about a topic related to the core study areas of the Regimes Museum or a contest is held and the finalists are published in a special section of an upcoming R.M. Journal issue. Full manuscripts, such as Master’s theses and dissertations are also considered for the R.M. Press. We also provide workshops on how to get published by R.M. Press. Fees and printing costs may apply. Please contact us for more details and further consultation.

Traveling Exhibition for Universities (Threads of Utopia)


Options for High Schools


Hands on History high school event (Cold War Series)

Step into History Package: One hour maximum introductory level lecture visits; One hour lecture visits are the best opportunity for having the Museum provide a unique educational experience to students in one hour class sessions. Museum staff and volunteers make a class visit to any high school in LA and Orange County to cover topics ranging from war, genocide, human rights issues, and more. Lectures can be tailored to the topics covered in your classes and Museum objects, interviews, and interactive learning materials are also be provided for a more enhanced learning experience.  The one hour sessions can be used for multiple classes. Speaking and set up fees are waived and digital learning materials are provided free of charge for all high schools in Orange County for this package. Transportation and other costs may apply. Please contact us for more details and further consultation.

School Assembly Lecture Package: Two hour maximum lecture visits; These lectures are great for larger school assembly events and provide schools with topic-based lectures from professionals in the field. Museum staff and volunteers provide a comprehensive presentation including Museum objects on topics related to core areas of study including war, genocide, democide, and more. Eye-witness guests can also be arranged and specific topics can be focused on as well. Both online and physical handouts of learning materials can be provided. Transportation, set up, learning material, and other costs may apply. Please contact us for more details and further consultation.

Hands on History Game Package: Three to four hour experiential learning visits: Experiential and Socratic learning games are a great way to engage students with the subject matter. Through gamification, students learn key aspects about local and global power relationships, leadership skills, empathy, being a team player, and much more. Einstein has said that “all knowledge is experience; everything else is just information” and we also believe that experience is a great teacher as well. Although the games do not deal with the core study of tyranny and dictatorships, they help students learn about social roles, shareholder-stakeholder theory, empathy, and key leadership skills that promote collaboration and harmony among diverse and sometimes opposing interests. Each game is followed by a debrief session, where students get to reflect on what they have done and learned and how their engagement can impact the present and future. Set up fees, learning material, and other costs may apply. Please contact us for more details and further consultation.

Mini Exhibition Package: The Mini Exhibitions for high schools are designed to be one day events. They are set up in the morning and stay until the school day ends along with our staff and volunteers. The mini exhibitions provide a concise history of a selected topic surrounding the major themes and core study areas of the Museum. A classroom is usually large enough to host one day mini exhibits and can be combined with any of the high school packages offered here. Additional costs and fees may apply if this is used in conjunction with another package. Set up fees, learning material, and other costs may apply. Please contact us for more details and further consultation.

Publication Days Package: This package is designed to be used either as a contest or a general opportunity for students to publish their work as an academic publication. Students of history either combine their efforts to publish a book about a topic related to the core study areas of the Regimes Museum or a contest is held and the finalists are published in a special section of an upcoming R.M. Journal issue.  Fees and printing costs may apply. Please contact us for more details and further consultation.

Step into History Program for high schools (Cold War Series)


Free lesson plans,  curricula, and presentations for download & in-class use


The United States’ involvement in the Cold War