Discovery Boxes

The Discovery Box

Discovery Boxes allow your students to experience cultures around the world in a completely different way! Discovery boxes come in 12 different themes and include a variety of objects from our museum’s collection. Your students will be able to touch and examine the objects while completing included activities and worksheets that encourage them think critically about the world around them.

For more information, contact us at the International Museum of Cultures

Artifact Discovery box

Boxes include:

  • Teacher’s guide with detailed object descriptions
  • Curricula covering TEKS for K-12 science, social studies, English language arts, fine arts, and math
  • Eye-opening activities that guide your students through understanding the objects

 A Day in the Life of Other Cultures

Help your students to better understand how people around the world live everyday.  Although the objects in this Discovery Box may seem mundane, they are all cleverly made tools that reflect what kinds of environments the peoples live in, what kinds of houses they live in, what they eat, and even how they may look! Your students’ job is to try to discovery what each people group is like by the objects that they use.

Discovery Boxes Contain

Our Discovery Boxes compile objects used mostly by indigenous peoples around the world. Each box focuses on a theme common to people everywhere, and corresponding curricula appropriate for multiple grade levels provide information and activities about the objects from an anthropological perspective. The guided activities help students ask important questions about both their own and others’ lives.

Box includes 13 items from Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, and the Philippines.

Humans of all cultures admire and create beauty. We’ve gathered some of the most stunning examples of how people adorn themselves with what they consider to be beautiful. This box includes necklaces, belts, headdresses, and several other types of adornments, and the meanings associated with the objects are particularly important. Students are encouraged to focus on and appreciate the details of the objects, how they are used, and what they mean to the people that wear them.

Students are encouraged to touch the objects, giving them a much more interactive and personalized experience than a traditional field trip to a museum. Give your students a truly eye-opening and hands-on lesson unlike anything they’ve experienced!

Suitable for

  • K-3 General Social Studies
  • 6th World History
  • 9th World Geography
  • 10th World History

For more information, call us at 972-572-0462 or email us at

We also have museum virtual tours (efield trips).

People of the Tiger – the Yi of China

The International Museum of Cultures explores the myths of different peoples, such as the Yi peoples of China.

The Yi peoples of China are associated with the Tiger Spirit, a principal spirit of their folklore.  The Yi tiger myth tells of a Tiger Spirit who was god of the universe.  He came to earth one day, and a strong wind caused him to fall against a rock and die.  His head became the East, his hind parts the West, one paw became the North, and the other paw became the South.  The tiger’s flesh became the plants, and a hair of his mustache became buckwheat.

The majority of Chinese today are the Han nationality, numbering over 600 million.  The Yi are one of 57 nationalities in China, and our exhibit features some 500,000 of the Yi, known as the Central (or Chuxiong [chew-showng]) Yi.

The Central Yi live in Yunnan Province in Chuxiong Prefecture  – most preferring to live in the mountainous areas, away from the big cities.

This Yi exhibit at the museum features photos of the region and information on their farming industry, home life, art, music, dress and dance.

If you have more information on the Yi peoples of China, please share them with us.