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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown - Group Tours and Programs

Let a Foundation educator guide your group on an interactive, hands-on tour.

The Yorktown Victory Center has transitioned to a new name,  American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and is offering hands-on tours.

General tours explore history through role-playing, examination of primary sources and object analysis. Or book an enhanced tour to develop a deeper understanding of 18th-century colonial America and the Revolution.

Let a Foundation educator guide your group on an interactive, hands-on experience correlated to Virginia Standards of Learning, National Standards for History, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies and Common Core. STEM objectives are incorporated into a number of programs. These tours and programs are for groups of 15 or more.

Different educational programs are offered at different rates (Rates A, B and C). General and themed guided tours are available under Rate A. An educational program with a guided tour is available at Rate B. If no educational component or guided tour is desired, self-guided tours (on your own) are available at Rate C

To book a group tour or program, submit a reservation form or contact Group Reservations:
(757) 253-4939 • (888) 868-7593 • fax (757) 253-4997 • group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov.


GENERAL & THEMED TOURS – RATE A

Guided Tour – 2 hours
Explores life during the American Revolution, the Revolution’s impact on the diverse people of America, and the development of the new nation. Features visits to the re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm, and hands-on activities in the classroom. Experience geared to fit your group.

Revolution and the New Nation – 2 hours
Features engaging activities for secondary school students that highlight the significance of the founding documents of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and Constitution. Students tour the re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm, and participate in role play and document analysis in the classroom. Virginia Social Studies Standards of Learning Objectives CE.1, CE.2, CE.3, VUS.5, GOVT.1, GOVT.2. Grade 9 to adult.

Sampler Tour – 1 hour
Designed to help groups get the most out of limited time. Choose a Living-History Sampler Tour, museum educator presents an overview of the re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. Or Gallery Sampler Tour, an overview of the American Revolution and formation of the United States led by a trained guide, seen through state-of-the-art exhibits and interactive displays in the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown gallery. Experience geared to fit your group. Gallery Sampler Tour available October 2016.

Historical Gardens of the 18th Century – 2 hours
See the varieties of crops and herbs and vegetables grown in the 18th century that are cultivated in the Revolution-era farm. Experience geared to fit your group. Available April through October beginning in 2017.


PROGRAM WITH GUIDED TOUR – RATE B

NEW! Dig Deeper: Yorktown Under Siege – 2.5 hours
Discover how the Continental Army with their French allies trapped Cornwallis at Yorktown, and how soldiers built trenches and redoubts to fend off their enemies. Students use counting and measuring skills to physically lay out fortifications 18th century-style, and learn how weather and physics helped seal the fate of the British army.

NEW! Dig Deeper: Crack the Code: Spycraft – 2.5 hours
Students use common letter, numerical and masking codes to convey vital information to George Washington. Working in teams, they analyze intelligence reports and decide which information to send. Then they encode, send and decode messages while learning the role of about courageous spies in the American Revolution.

NEW! Dig Deeper: A Chance for Freedom – 2.5 hours
Through character cards and hands-on activities in the Revolutionary-era farm and Continental Army encampment, students connect to the experiences of enslaved people in Colonial Virginia and the difficult choices they faced because of the Revolutionary War.

Colonial Life – 2.5 hours
Students participate in a cooking activity on the Revolutionary-era farm, while experiencing the roles, daily tasks and economic decisions of a farm family and enslaved Africans who might have lived there. Students also visit the Continental Army encampment and analyze reproduction artifacts to understand the difference between life in 1700s Virginia and life today. Virginia Social Studies Standards of Learning Objectives VS.1, VS.4, VS.5, USI.1, USI.5, USI.6. Grades 3 to 5.

Colonial Life Primary – 2.5 hours
Explore roles, daily work and decisions of a family on an 18th-century Revolution-era farm. Students analyze reproduction artifacts to understand the difference between life in 1700s Virginia and life today. Virginia Social Studies Standards of Learning Objectives K.2, K.7, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.3, 2.8, 2.9. Grades K-3.

Life of a Private – 2.5 hours
Groups investigate causes of the American Revolution, life in the Continental Army, wartime experiences of soldiers and civilians, and reasons America won the war. Students visit the re-created Continental Army encampment, Revolution-era farm, and new galleries of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, beginning October 16.  Virginia Social Studies Standards of Learning Objectives VS.1, VS.5, USI.1, USI.5, USI.6. Grades 4 to 8.

Revolutionary Virginia – 2.5 hours
Students form cooperative learning teams to seek answers about the lives of ordinary 18th-century Virginians during the American Revolution. Students visit the re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. Virginia Social Studies Standards of Learning Objectives VS.1, VS.2, VS.4, VS.5, USI.1, USI.5, USI.6. Grades 4 to 5.

Boy Scout Badges – 2 hours
Meet the requirements for badges and awards with one of our special programs designed specifically for scouts.

Teacher Tour – Farmer to Soldier – 2 hours
Follow the transition from life as a small farmer to that of a Continental Army soldier. A tour specifically designed for teachers.


SELF-GUIDED TOUR – RATE C

Visit the museum on your own at your own pace.


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.