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Immerse yourself in Virginia's history by visiting one of our exhibitions.


The Story of Virginia
Join us tomorrow for a Behind the Scenes tour with Virginia History Day Coordinator Sam Florer! Learn how Virginian…

School Groups

Bring your students to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture and explore Virginia’s amazing history!

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 museum.

Reservation information and tips

  • Field trips are FREE!

  • Reservations for field trips may be made by completing our online Field trip request form, or you may call the Manager of Museum Programs at 804.342.9652.

  • We ask that field trips be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Tours for 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 museum along Boulevard.

  • View our full list of current programs.

My students had a blast during their tour of the Story of Virginia exhibition! The tour brought to life for the students the subjects that we discuss in the classroom! The museum gets an A+ from my students!

Teacher from Loudoun County

Tours may be requested by completing our online Field trip request form.

Featured field trips 2019-2020

Take advantage of our temporary exhibitions by booking one of our Featured Field Trips - an option that's only around for as long as an exhibit is on display!

Program Title:  Determined – The 400 Year Struggle for Black Equality
All Ages: (SOLs vary according to grade level)
Time: varies according to tour structure
Maximum Group Size: Due to the layout of the exhibit, we are limiting guided tours to 25 participants at a time. Groups with more guests are welcome to self guide, or pair this exhibit with another exhibit on display.
Description: Determined examines the ways in which the arrival of enslaved Africans in 1619 shaped the United States that we know today. The exhibition is arranged in chronological sections: The Colonial Period; American Revolution through the Civil War; Reconstruction through World War II; and the Civil Rights Movement through today. Tours will encourage guests to engage meaningfully with history, gain a greater appreciation for the profound impact African Americans have had on our commonwealth and country, and find connections between past events and their current lives. 

Program Title: Virginia History Day 2020: Breaking Barriers
4th-5th grade; 6th-12th grade 
Time: 60 minutes
Maximum Group Size: 30 (extension option available for up to 60 kids when paired with an additional 60 minute program)
Description: Look at Virginia history through the lens of this year’s Virginia History Day theme: Breaking Barriers. Students will take a guided tour of The Story of Virginia, and any relevant temporary exhibits, before exploring on their own to brainstorm topic ideas. 

Not interested in the above programs? No problem! Feel free to browse our regular field trip offerings, book a tour of any current exhibits, or contact us about materials for self-guided group visits to the museum.

Self-guided school tours

Groups are welcome to visit the Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s galleries on their own, but we encourage that all school groups speak with the Manager of Museum Programs before their visit. We also have a variety of activities that we can provide for your group. For more information, contact Maggie Creech at 804.342.9652 or

Programs for homeschoolers

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture hosts two Homeschool Open Houses per year and offers educator-led history presentations for homeschool students. For more information, contact Maggie Creech at 804.342.9652 or

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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Maggie Creech, Manager of Museum Programs

Hi! Are you interested in booking a tour for your group or want to learn about our customized group programs? I can help you plan your visit the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. I may be reached at or at 804.342.9652.

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