Self-Guided Tours

Jamestown Settlement - Students use woodshaving bench at riverfront.

Explore Jamestown Settlement at your own pace.   Rate C.

Be sure to allow at least 2 – 3 hours to:

• Witness the convergence of three cultures in Virginia– Powhatan Indian, English and African – as you view our introductory film 1607: A Nation Takes Root.
• Explore expansive exhibition galleries, including rare period artifacts and other primary sources, to learn about the establishment of Jamestown as a business venture, the impact of European colonization on Powhatan Indian culture, and the origins of the first known Africans in Virginia.
• Scrape a deer hide, grind corn, examine stone and bone tools, weave natural fibers into cordage and step into a yehakin in the re-created Powhatan Indian village.
• Board one of the three re-created 1607 ships to squeeze into a sailor’s bunk, steer the ship with a whipstaff or tiller, and experience life aboard ship during the four-and-a-half month voyage.
• Try on armor, watch a blacksmith forge iron tools, or sit in a church pew and imagine the first meeting of the Virginia General Assembly of 1619 in the re-created James Fort.
• Visit our gift shops which offer a selection of books, reproductions, souvenirs, teacher resources and other items.

Teachers, explore our Jamestown Learning Resources for activities to use in your classroom.


To book a tour or program, contact reservations:

(757) 253-4939 • (888) 868-7593 • fax (757) 253-4997 group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov

Groups of 15 or more require advance reservations.

Guided tour reservations required at least three business days in advance and are subject to availability. We recommend making tour reservations at least two months in advance for fall and winter trips, and up to four months in advance for trips in the spring.

Consult Field Trip Planning Made Easy and the Teacher Checklist to prepare for your visit.