Replica artifacts and copies of manuscripts are used to immerse your students in a particular period of Virginia’s past, deepening their understanding of key historical themes. Best of all, during your guided tour your students will have the opportunity to stand among authentic artifacts that helped shape the commonwealth’s history during their standards of learning tour at VHS.
Each year, more than 10,000 Virginia school children tour our permanent exhibition, The Story of Virginia.
The VHS also offers guided student tours of our temporary exhibitions, so check back often to see which exciting offerings are on our calendar.
I have been bringing my students to VHS for the past three years, and every year we are amazed at everything we see and learn. The docent was friendly and spoke at a level the children could understand. I cannot wait to bring my students back next year! VHS is a great educational resource.
4th grade teacher, Fairfax County, Virginia
Museum educators will lead your students on a journey through Virginia history during one of our guided tours. Your students will discover Virginia history around every corner in our award-winning exhibition, The Story of Virginia, as they hear the story of Pocahontas while admiring her golden hat button, examine an authentic Conestoga wagon while learning about the westward movement, and stand inside a real Richmond streetcar to better understand technology at the turn of the twentieth century. Learn more about our Standards of Learning tours here.
You may also choose to have your students take a more hands-on approach to history by treating a topic more in depth during on of our hands-on history boxes in the museum galleries. Our staff will happily combine multiple programs to allow your group to make a day of your visit to the society and will provide you with materials to reinforce concepts from your tour once you return to your classroom.
We offer history box programs at the museum or in your classroom, space and staff permitting. Programs at the museum are free; those we bring to your classroom cost $75 per program and are only available in central Virginia.
Tours are available Monday through Friday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please let the school programs coordinator know at the time of booking if your group has any special needs or if you would like the museum educator to spend a bit more time with your students focusing on a topic. Reservations for group tours are also accepted by phone; you may call the school programs coordinator at 804-342-9652 during regular business hours to book your visit.
We ask that group tours be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. More advanced reservations are advisable for March, April, and May as these months fill up quickly. Please choose one program per visit.
During peak visitation times, tours are scheduled for:
Self-guided school tours
We request that all groups visiting VHS speak with the School Programs Coordinator to make a reservation for their visit. Self-guided school groups should have fewer than ten students.
Tips for your visit
Please review our Tips for your visit with your students and chaperones before you arrive at the museum. Buses may drop students off at the rear of the building and park in the front.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 804.342.9652.