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School groups and homeschool groups are welcome to visit the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier and its award-winning permanent exhibit, Freedom and Unity. This exhibit covers over 400 years of Vermont history.

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Students can explore an Abenaki wigwam, examine the impact of the railroad, and immerse themselves in a World War-II era living room. Special exhibits in the National Life Gallery, Calder Gallery and Local History Gallery tell more Vermont stories. See the full list of exhibits.

Before a visit students and educators can view an online version of Freedom and Unity at www.freedomandunity.org or preview a map of the exhibit (PDF).

Museum visits

fieldtripsThe Vermont History Museum is a great place for students to learn about Vermont history! The museum admission fee is waived for students, teachers and chaperones on a pre-scheduled visit. Student groups on self-guided tours use focusing questions to guide their exploration of the museum. Hands-on exhibits engage students as they travel through four centuries of Vermont history. Recommended time - 45 minutes; appropriate for all grades.

Hands-on workshops

Student groups can explore focused stories in Vermont history through primary sources and artifacts. Three new programs are available, in addition to “You Be the Historian.”

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You Be the Historian: Investigating an 1880s Vermont Farm Family - students act as researchers, archaeologists, and curators to discover details about the Wheeler family who lived in Calais in the 1880s.

Immigrants in Vermont: Telling a Story with Primary Sources - students investigate census records, store ledger books, and Sanborn insurance maps to learn about immigrants in Vermont in the early 1900s with a specific focus on Barre and the granite industry.

"Send me a box": Letters from Vermont Civil War Soldiers - students read and analyze letters from Civil War soldiers, specifically focusing on items soldiers have requested or received from home.

Mapping Vermont History - students investigate maps from different time periods to identify the dates of mystery maps and to understand how Vermont has changed over time.

Program fee: $3.00 per student, no charge for teachers or chaperones. Recommended time - 45 minutes per class; appropriate for grades 3 and up.

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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 History Center

School groups and homeschool groups are welcome to visit the special exhibits at the Vermont History Center in Barre. Self-guided visits are available free of charge, advance notice appreciated. 

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

Schedule a visit

Museum field trips and workshops must be scheduled in advance with a minimum of 10 participants required for hands-on workshops. For more information about museum field trips and programs, 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.