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fieldtripsSchool groups and homeschool groups are welcome to visit the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier and its award-winning permanent exhibit, Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories. This exhibit covers over 400 years of Vermont history. Students can explore an Abenaki wigwam, examine the impact of the railroad, and immerse themselves in a World War-II era living room.

Before a visit students and educators can view an online version of our permanent exhibit, Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories at www.freedomandunity.org or preview a map of the exhibit (PDF).

Museum tours

fieldtripsAt the museum, student groups can participate a self-guided tour of Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories free of charge. Most groups spend 45 minutes visiting the museum. After a brief orientation, students explore the hands-on exhibits with chaperones. Teachers can opt to use the focusing questions (available for a variety of grade levels) to help guide students through the exhibit.

Hands-on workshops

Hands-on workshops are also available for educational groups for a small fee. “You be the Historian,” geared toward students in grades 4 through 8, allows students to use the skills and tools of historians (researchers, curators, and archaeologists) to learn about the lives of a 19th-century Vermont farm family. This 60-minute program costs $2 per student.

Vermont State House and Vermont Supreme Court

Many student groups combine their visit to the Vermont History Museum with a tour of the nearby Vermont State House or Vermont Supreme Court. For more information about these programs, please contact Angelica Caterino, the State House Tours Coordinator, at acaterino@leg.state.vt.us or (802) 828-1411.

Vermont Heritage Galleries

School groups and homeschool groups are also welcome to visit the special exhibits at the Vermont Heritage Galleries at the Vermont History Center in Barre. Current exhibits provide an in-depth examination of Vermonters in the Civil War and immigration and labor history in Barre. Self-guided visits are available free of charge for educational groups with advance notice.

An introduction to primary sources available at the Leahy Library may also be included with a visit to the Vermont Heritage Galleries at the Vermont History Center.

Schedule a visit

Museum and gallery field trips must be scheduled in advance with a minimum of 10 participants required for hands-on workshops. For more information about museum and gallery field trips or to schedule a visit to the Vermont History Museum or Vermont Heritage Galleries, please contact Victoria Hughes at victoria.hughes@vermonthistory.org or (802) 828-1413.