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thumb_Armor family cropped_DSC2787Experience the museums up-close and personal on a tour with your own private guide. Museum guests with 14 or fewer people in their party can add a private tour to any admission ticket with advance reservations. Private tours are offered hourly with the first tour beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the last tour beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Premium themes can be added to private tours and adult guided tours at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Now you can experience the 17th and 18th centuries firsthand with your own private guide for parties of 14 or fewer people.

Allow extra time to view the museum films and shop in museum stores.

Jamestown Settlement Private Tours
Program length – 2 1/2 hours


Explore the world of America’s first permanent English settlement and the Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures that came in contact in 17th-century Virginia. Your group will visit expansive exhibition galleries to learn about Jamestown and its people – Powhatan, Pocahontas, John Smith and John Rolfe – and see 1600s artifacts and dioramas. You’ll take part in an immersive outdoor living-history experience and opportunities to try on 17th-century-style clothing. Guides engage tour participants in a variety of activities, including spinning plant fibers into cordage in the Powhatan Indian village, playing period games in the English fort, and fully exploring re-creations of the three 1607 ships, including the officers’ quarters.

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Private Tours
Program length – 2 hours


Experience the story of the American Revolution and the extraordinary challenges of ordinary people who shaped our nation. A private tour allows your group to explore an American Revolution timeline that offers a visual journey from the 13 British colonies in the 1750s to westward expansion of the new United States in the 1790s. Guides take museum guests through the outdoor living-history Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm and engage them in a variety of activities: sign Continental Army enlistment papers, and learn about the technology used to fire artillery and muskets, treat injured soldiers and prepare meals at war. At the farm, visitors can play period games, help tend crops and process plant fiber for cloth.

Premium Theme Tours – Currently unavailable

Can be added to private tours and adult guided tours.

Premium Theme Tours - Currently unavailable

Choose your own theme at Jamestown Settlement: “Pretty and Curious Secrets” (Foodways); “Charge Your Pike – Defending the Colony” (Military); “Concerning Linen, Leather and Silk” (Historical Clothing); “All sortes of Herbes” (Gardens); “Art and Culture at Jamestown” (Arts); and “Tales of Yuletide” (Christmas). At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, choose among “School of the Soldier” (Military); “Shot Heard ’Round the World” (Historical Clothing); “The place where they delight to grow” (Gardens); and “Provisions Scarce” (Christmas).Read More…

Private Tour Rate:  $115 per party plus individual admission for single museum tours, $170 plus admission for a combination tour of Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at  Yorktown. Premium themes can be added for $60 per museum. A private tour is limited to 14 people per party; advance reservations are required and subject to availability.  Call (888) 868-7593 to make your reservation Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For private tours reserved less than three days prior to the tour date, a single museum tour is $150 plus admission and combination tour is $220 plus admission. Premium themes are $90 per museum. For cancellations within three days, 50% of private tour cost is non-refundable. Tours can be rescheduled but are subject to availability, and change fees may apply.

To book a tour, contact reservations:
(757) 253-4939 • (888) 868-7593 • fax (757) 253-4997

Allow extra time at Jamestown Settlement to view the introductory film, 1607: A Nation Takes Root, shop in museum stores and dine in the Jamestown Settlement Café. Allow extra time at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to view the introductory film, Liberty Fever, and shop in the museum store.

Updated November 2020