Morris-Jumel Mansion offers a number of curriculum-based programs for primary and secondary school students. The Mansion uses its period rooms, artifacts, architecture, and primary source documents to interpret three important American historical periods: the late colonial period, the Revolutionary War, and the early years of the new Republic. Please call the Director of Education for fees and scheduling at 212-923-8008. (School groups must have at least 10 students to qualify for a guided program)
A Country House in Manhattan (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 class can be tailored to any grade level and area of study such as: family and community life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, George Washington and the Revolutionary War, or architecture with activities to complement the lesson.
Recommended for grades K and up. $5.00 per student.
The Mansion in the Revolutionary War (1.5 hours)
Students first tour the Mansion and then learn the chronology and details of George Washington’s stay during the 1776 Battle of Harlem Heights. Students examine primary and secondary sources in small groups searching for evidence to support their opinion on the relative importance of the Battle during the Revolutionary War. Recommended for grades 4 and up. $5.00 per student.
The Morris-Jumel Mansion Time Machine (1.5 – 2 hours)
Students will explore the concept of cause and effect in relation to the major events that changed the course of New York history. There will be a discussion of the term culture and a focus on the similarities and differences between various groups that have settled in New York City. The tour will conclude with a creative writing activity. Recommended for grades 4 and up. $5.00 per student.
Garden with History (1 hour)
This tour offered April through August will focus on the Mansion’s sunken garden. Students will learn why a 18th century home would need a garden. The tour will conclude with a hands-on activity that takes place in the garden. Recommended for grades K and up. $5.00 per student
Native Americans in Washington Heights (1 hour)
This tour is offered in both the fall and spring, and is designed to educate students on the Native Americans who once occupied the island of Manhattan, particularly Washington Heights. Students will learn about Native American daily life and traditions before the Dutch settlers inhabited New York. The tour is designed with hands on activities, which will take place outside in the garden. Recommended for grades K and up. $5.00 per student
Mansion Mysteries (1 – 1.5 hours)
Students will attend a guided tour of the mansion, where they will learn about the history as well as the mysterious events, which have taken place at the mansion. The tour includes historical and contemporary ghost stories relating to the former occupants of the house. Students will learn about the mysterious deaths relating to Eliza Jumel’s late husbands, and the various medicinal procedures practiced during the 19th century. Recommended for grades 4 and up. $5.00 per student
Colonial Servitude at the Mansion (1- 1.5 hours)
This program is designed to educate students on the history of slavery and indentured servitude within the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Students will learn about daily life and tasks of the slaves and servants who lived in the mansion. Additionally, this program also discusses the political, social, and economical hardships of being a slave or servant in colonial New York. Students will learn and reenact historical songs and dances relating to slave life. Recommended for grades 3 and up. $5.00 per student
Preschool & Kindergarten Programs
These programs are designed to introduce young students to museums, history and art. The topics include: Colonial homes, nature, shapes and patterns or storytelling. Each program ends with an art or craft project that the students can take home. 45 minutes, Pre-K & Kindergarten, $5.00 per student
Other Tours Offered Upon Request:
The Heights and the Hill Walking Tour
1 hr., grades 6 and up. $5.00 per student.
Art & Architecture Explorations
1 hr., grades 2 and up. $5.00 per student.
1.5hrs., grades 9 and up. $5.00 per student.
Educators can enhance their students’ experience at Morris-Jumel Mansion by adding hands-on learning modules to each tour. For an additional $1-$2 per student, the lesson can include Colonial hat making, quill pen writing, stenciling or other art projects that would coordinate with the curriculum.
LOGISTICS OF SCHOOL TOURS
We request that school groups be accompanied by at least one adult chaperone for every ten students (chaperones are FREE with group admission) The chaperones will be asked to participate in the tour by assisting in group management & escorting students to the bathroom and gift shop.
There are no food concessions at the Mansion. Groups may eat their lunches in Roger Morris Park in fair weather. Students must remain supervised at all times while visiting the museum and the park.
Our Gift Shop offers a wide variety of educational souvenirs for children and adults including books, toys, and historic document facsimiles. Please inform staff if you would like your students to visit the gift shop when making your reservation. The museum also offers prepackaged “goodie bags” for an additional fee to the tour cost, please inquire about this option when making your reservation.
When at the Mansion students may use the restroom facilities but must always be accompanied by an adult at all times. Students should come in groups of 2 or 3 and must ALWAYS use the side door to enter and exit when reentering the museum at the end of the tour.
Meeting New York Learning Standards
Teachers have the opportunity to fulfill specific learning standard requirements when they and their students participate in curriculum-based classes at the Morris-Jumel Mansion. We have created new programs and pre- and post-visit study materials with these standards in mind.
Special Needs or Requests
All of the programs are flexible and can be adapted to audiences with special needs or to your curriculum objectives. Please call the Director of Education with any questions. If you have students who would benefit from instructional modifications, please make a note on your online reservation form.
|Pre and Post Visit Materials||SS1.1,SS1.2,SS1.4, SS3.1E1.1, E1.2, E2.1|
|A Country House in Manhattan||SS1.1, SS1.2, SS1.4, SS3.1, SS5.1E1.2, E4.1A1(v), A3(v)|
|Garden with History||SS3.1, SS3.2, SS4.1,|
|The Mansion and the Revolutionary War||SS1.1,SS1.2,SS1.3,SS1.4,SS3.1, SS3.2, SS4.1, SS5.1, SS5.3E1.1, E1.2,E3.1, E3.2, E4.1, E4.2|
|Mansion Mysteries||SS1.1, SS1.2, SS1.4, SS3.1,E4.1|
|I am an Archeologist||SS1.1,SS1.2,SS2.1,SS2.2,SS2.4, SS3.1,SS4.1, SS4.7,A1(v),M3.5,M3.7|
|Preschool Programs||SS1.1, SS1.2, SS1.3, SS2.2, SS5.3|