Educational School Tours
The Morris-Jumel Mansion offers tours that can be customized to fit your interests as well as to facilitate curricular connections. We also offer additional art modules which enhance students' experience at the Mansion by adding hands-on learning opportunities to each tour. We welcome classes with special needs. Please let us know in advance so we can provide the best experience for your students.
Educational school tours require 15 business days advanced registration to ensure we have educators to lead your tours.
Schools must pay a 50% deposit, non-refundable, per class at least 2 weeks in advance of their scheduled trip before their reservation will be considered final.
Cost: $8 per student/ $6 per student for Title One schools. Maximum of 64 students (two simultaneous tours) for a typical tour.
Starting November 1st, the price will be raised to $9 per student for non Title One schools.
Please note that we are under a five year reinterpretation plan so some rooms may be different from your last visit. Our dining room furniture set is currently out for restoration. If you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-923-8008. Thank you for your understanding.
To book a school tour, please click here.
The Mansion in the Revolutionary War (1.5 hours)
Students explore the Mansion floor by floor, working their way through not only the house, but late colonial, revolutionary, and early republic American history. Students will also learn the chronology and details of General George Washington's stay during the 1776 Battle of Harlem Heights. Students engage in inquiry based learning with a Morris-Jumel educator, as well as small group work discussions and hands-on object based learning in Mansion's Colonial Kitchen.
S&S #4.3b, 4.3c, 4.3d, 7.3a, 7.3b, 7.3c, 7.3d, 11.1a, 11.1b, 11.2a, 11.b
Recommended for grades 4 and up.
A Country House in Manhattan (1 - 1.5 hours)
Students are guided by an educator on an interactive exploration of the Mansion’s exterior, 11 period rooms and hands-on Colonial Kitchen. This tour can be tailored to any grade level and area of study, such as family and community life in the 18th and 19th centuries or colonial cooking. This program focuses on drawing connections between the past and present and the evolution of New York City. Children will also complete a comparative map activity and drawing activity in the Colonial Kitchen.
S&S #2.1 a, 2.1b, 2.1c, 2.6a, 2.6b, 2.7a, 7.2c, 7.2d
Recommended for grades K and up.
History Unwritten: Enslaved Servitude at the Mansion (1 hour and 45 minutes)
In a unique exploration of the Mansion, students learn about the enslaved people, who lived and worked at the Mansion. Students are guided by an educator through the daily lives of the enslaved people and their experience living in NYC during the Late Colonial, the Revolutionary War, and the Federal Periods. Students perform an analysis of the architecture of the Mansion and analyze primary source documents regarding the enslaved people.
S&S #4.5a, 7.2e, 7.8a, 7.8b, 11.1b
Recommended for 4th grade and up.
Please Note: We can only accommodate ONE class (or up to 32 students) at a time for this program.
Archaeology at the Mansion
Students are guided through the Mansion exploring its rich past and learn about the study of archaeology. An educator leads the children through the Mansion examining the different objects in the 11 period rooms, and children make observation about the rooms through inquiry-based learning. In the Colonial Kitchen, the educator discusses archaeological techniques and the excavations that occurred at the Mansion. Students also handle artifacts discovered on site and analyze the artifact just like a real archaeologist.
Recommended for grades 4th and up
Additional Art Modules
- Make a Revolutionary War Cipher
- This art module complements best with the Mansion in the Revolutionary War program. The educator will lead a discussion about George Washington and his spy ring, and the different techniques they used to communicate to one another. The children will then assemble a cipher Washington and his spies used in the war. They will be able to take the cipher home and use to create secret messages.
- Tea Making
- Children will work together in small groups to grind up lavender and chamomile in a mortar with a pestle. The activity gives the students a multi-sensory experience at the Mansion. The educator will also lead a discussion about tea in the colonial period.
- Feather Quill Writing
- Children will write a letter (to whomever) using a real feather quill and ink. It engages children in a living history experience by enabling them to interact directly with the materials used in the past. The educator will also lead a discussion about communication in the colonial period.
Cost: $3 per student in addition to tour cost.
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