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Visiting School Groups

Have your students explore Virginia’s history at the VHS. Choose from a menu of SOL-based programs that focus on themes found in your classroom or create a unique program tailored to your group’s individual needs. Reservations are required for all school groups visiting the VHS.

Reservation information and tips

  • Field trips are FREE.
  • Reservations for field trips may be made by completing the Field trip request form, or you may call the school programs coordinator at 804.342.9652.
  • We ask that field trips be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. (March, April, and May fill up quickly, so please book early)
  • Review our Tips for your visit with your students and chaperones before you arrive at the museum. Buses should drop students off at the rear of the building at the Marcus and Carole M. Weinstein Learning Center and then park in front of the building along Boulevard.

Sample programs offered

  • SOL-Based Combination Tour/2 hours/110 students
  • Story of Virginia Tour/90 minutes/60 students
  • Building Blocks of History:  Primary Source Investigation /30-60 minutes/60 students
  • Hands-On History Boxes /30-60 minutes/60 students

Tours may be requested by completing the Field trip request form.

Student Workshops

Are you interested in having your students take a more hands-on approach to Virginia’s history? Select one of our interactive workshops to explore a particular period of the past in depth. Workshops are free for students, teachers, and chaperons, but reservations are required. Learn more about student workshops.

Self-guided school tours

Groups are welcome to visit the VHS galleries on their own but we encourage that all school groups speak with the school program coordinator before their visit. For more information, contact Caroline Legros at 804.342.9652 or clegros@vahistorical.org.

Programs for homeschoolers

The VHS offers educator-led history presentations for homeschool students. For information, contact Caroline Legros at 804.342.9652 or clegros@vahistorical.org.

Caroline Legros

Caroline Legros, School Program Coordinator

Are you interested in booking a tour for your group? Want to know about customized programs? Still have a few questions? I can help you determine what tour will best fit the needs of your group and find a date and time for your group to visit the Virginia Historical Society. I may be reached at clegros@vahistorical.org or at 804.342.9652.

Youth Education Fund

The Youth Education Fund underwrites free admission, program supplies, and supplementary resources for teachers. It also supports museum educators who lead school and community group tours and activities, multi-generational learning experiences, and teacher training and recertification workshops. Make your Youth Education Fund gift today.

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