Field Trips

children sitting in circle in exhibit

Admission fees are waived for school groups and homeschool groups who 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.

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 current exhibits here.

Students can explore the museum through:

  • Self-guided tours using focusing questions to guide their exploration of the museum. Recommended time - 45 minutes; appropriate for all grades. (Free)
  • Hands-on programs utilizing primary sources and artifacts. Click here for current offerings. Recommended time - 45 minutes per class; appropriate for grades 3 and up. ($3/student)

More in Montpelier

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 or (802) 828-1411.

Visit the 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.


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