WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 31, 2021 – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will offer special admission September 4-19 during “Homeschool Program Days,” an annual opportunity for homeschooling families to explore 17th- and 18th-century Virginia history with a variety of in-person educational programs.
Homeschool students can discover the story of America’s beginnings with an educational, engaging and exciting museum experience at these two living-history museums administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The museums’ safety protocols allow visitors to enjoy extensive indoor gallery exhibits and outdoor living-history areas, connecting with the stories of our shared history.
Admission to “Homeschool Program Days” is $13 per family member and offers unlimited admission to both museums during a two-week period on September 4-19. Children under age 4 are free. Tickets can be purchased online at the eStore or in person at either museum.
• Admission to Jamestown Settlement, including refreshed exhibition galleries, short films in immersive settings and outdoor living-history that feature re-creations of a Paspahegh town, one of the three ships that sailed to Virginia in 1607 and an English fort.
• Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, including expansive exhibition galleries, short films in immersive settings and outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.
• In-person access to guided tours and education stations that offer opportunities to engage with museum educators from a safe social distance.
Homeschool Guided Museum Tours
Also included in this year’s ticket, homeschool families will have access to 90-minute guided tours led by an educator at both museums. Tours are limited in size and require pre-registration.
Jamestown Settlement tours will be available on September 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, tours will be available on September 7, 9, 12, 14, 16 and 19 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Homeschool Education Stations
Education stations at each museum will allow families to interact with educators from a safe distance as they explore a variety of historical topics as well as critical thinking, primary source analysis and how historians use clues from the past to put together a historical narrative.
At Jamestown Settlement, stations will examine games played by Virginia Indians, the ways English colonists tried to make money for the Virginia Company of London, importance of fire as a technology among the Virginia Indian, English and West Central African cultures, and the lives of women in early Virginia. Stations will be available September 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, stations will examine the roles of Native Americans in the American Revolution, lives of men who fought in the Revolution, medicine of the 18th century, and how fibers grown on the farm were processed into a usable product. Stations will be available September 7, 9, 12, 14, 16 and 19 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Homeschool Admission Tickets
For more information about Homeschool Program Days, contact Group Reservations at (757) 253-4939 or toll-free (888) 868-7593. Tickets can be purchased online at the eStore or in person at either museum.
About the Museums
Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed Christmas and New Year’s days. Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 near the Colonial Parkway in James City County, just southwest of Williamsburg and adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield and Historic Yorktown. For more information, call (757) 253-4838 or visit jyfmuseums.org.