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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 History Center 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 History Center, please contact Victoria Hughes at victoria.hughes@vermonthistory.org or (802) 828-1413.