Admission is $12 per student. For every 10 students, one adult is admitted at the $12 rate, with one complimentary ticket offered for the lead teacher. All other adult tickets are $18 each.
Student Field Trips
What's a field trip to Montpelier like? All students receive a guided tour of the Madisons' beloved home led by one of our specially trained educators. House tours are tailored to fit any grade-level and cover many historical topics.
Teachers can also add up to three educational programs to their field trip at no additional charge. These programs allow for greater exploration of topics ranging from Madison's upbringing to Montpelier's ongoing archaeology, from the enslaved community to the Constitutional Convention.
Group leaders, allow 60 minutes for the basic mansion tour as well as each additional educational program (see below).
Play the same outdoor games James Madison did as a child
Madison at Home
Learn about James and Dolley Madison and their 18th-century world by portraying family and friends
Consider Our Lives
Students will travel the plantation landscape to make personal connections to Montpelier’s historic enslaved community, and to one another, in this interactive program.
No Press Allowed!
Students portray delegates to the 1787 convention and learn how our democratic government was created
Treasures in the Attic
Work in small groups to use and compare primary and secondary documents and artifacts to learn about the life of Dolley Madison
These Walls Can Talk
Examine artifacts found during Montpelier's restoration and reveal the stories of those who lived and worked here to y our classmates
Trails to Trees
Discov er Montpelier's Big Woods, the James Madison National Landmark Forest, on a guided ecological exploration
Digging Up the Past
Learn about archaeology at Montpelier and take part in the process of "digging up the past"
Grades 4-7 (Seasonal)
All Other Persons
An advanced discussion about Madison, slavery, and the Constitution
The Pendulum of Politics
Groups debate the issues of the Early Republic and discover Madison's skills in moderation and compromise
Enemies Foreign and Domestic
Students assume the roles of competing national interests in the lead-up to the War of 1 812 to discover how and why “Mr. Madison’s War” began
The Mere Distinction of Colour
Many myths surround the institution of slavery. Using the Mere Distinction of Colour exhibit, students become “mythbusters” to dispel commonly held conceptions of slavery and the enslaved.
The Gilmore Farm
At the restored Gilmore Cabin, students will learn how George Gilmore, an emancipated Montpelier slave, used the remains of a Confederate winter camp to build the home that he and his family could now own. Recreating the daily activities of the Gilmore family, students will learn about the challenges faced by Freedmen, as well as what rural life was like during the Reconstruction period. Daily activities will vary, but may include gardening, fencing, cooking, or whitewashing. Open April through October
Grades 4-12 (April-October)
You Design It!
There are 2,650 acres of pastures, streams, woodlands and meadows just waiting for exploration. If y ou have an idea for a program, please give us a call. We are more than happy to try something new
Reservations are required for all school programs, which are made available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations must be placed in advance and require a minimum of 15 students.