At The Museum

During field trips at ACWM, students become historians, exploring primary source documents and artifacts to delve deeply into the human stories of the Civil War. Using historical and critical thinking skills, students investigate people’s lives, the impact of war, and how echoes from the past surround us. Our student programs align with the Virginia Standards of Learning and Common Core. 

Contact us for information about scheduling. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Book early to ensure availability. Contact: youthprograms@acwm.org or 804-649-1861 ext. 112

Student Group Rate (15+ Individuals)

Youth Programs OnlyTredegarTredegar + White House of the ConfederacyWhite House of the ConfederacyAppomattoxVirtual Program
Student$8$12$7$5First Program: $75 (for entire class and adults)
Adult$16$24$13$11Additional Programs: $50 (for entire class and adults)
Fee includes: Museum Admission, 1 Guided Youth Program. Additional or custom programs are $3 per student; no additional charge for adults. 

For every 10 students 1 teacher/chaperone is admitted free of charge. Additional adults are charged the rates charted above. The above fee includes 1 guided program. Additional programs are $3 per student, but adults are not charged extra. For students, the rate for both Tredegar and Appomattox is $10, and the three-site fee is $16. The two-site museum fee for adults is $24 and the three-site fee is $33. If you are a tour operator, please inquire for additional information on rates.

ACWM-Tredegar

Permanent Gallery Tour
at Tredegar

On their own or with a guide, your students will explore our permanent exhibit, with over 500 artifacts, telling the story of the American Civil War–causes, course, and consequences–and the individuals involved. Includes the film “Civil War & Emancipation.”

Length: 30-45 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, USI.9

Artifact Investigation
at Tredegar

What can objects tell us about the past? Using artifact reproductions and primary source documents, this hands-on program invites students to use their imagination and critical thinking skills to investigate the past. Through objects, students will explore the experiences of different historical figures.

Length: 30 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, USI.9

The Common Soldier Experience
at Tredegar

Many soldiers were away from home for the first time, adjusting to life with little food and lots of company. Explore why soldiers joined the army, what life was like in camp, the steps of loading and firing a rifle, and how the world changed for the men and women who chose to fight.

Length: 30 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, USI.9

Medicine in the Civil War
at Tredegar

Why did more soldiers die from disease than in battle? This engaging and interactive program explores how the Civil War changed medical practices. Students will learn about the critical advancements made by doctors and nurses during the war as well as the diseases that caused the high death toll. 

Length: 30 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, USI.9

Richmond Homefront Tour
at Tredegar

This walking tour uses Brown’s Island as a centerpiece for telling the story of Civil War Richmond by highlighting Tredegar Ironworks, the James River boatmen, emancipation, the Confederate States Laboratory, Belle Isle as a prisoner of war camp, and the capture of Richmond.

Length: 45 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, USI.9

Contact us for information about scheduling. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Book early to ensure availability. Contact: youthprograms@acwm.org or 804-649-1861 ext. 112

ACWM-Appomattox

Permanent Gallery Tour
at Appomattox

Using a gallery scavenger hunt or with a guide, students will take a guided tour of the Museum’s permanent exhibit and explore the intertwined tales of the end of the War and the nation’s reunification through artifacts, photos, and documents. Discover the impact of the War on people’s lives, both during its final days and after the surrender.

Length: 30-45 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, USI.9 

Homelife in Rural Virginia
at Appomattox

Explore daily life and economics in mid-19th century rural Virginia through our reproduction cabin. Discover how foodstuffs, tools, and objects can give insight into life before, during, and after the Civil War.

Length: 30 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, USI.9

Artifact Investigation
at Appomattox

What can objects tell us about the past? Using artifact reproductions and primary source documents, this hands-on program invites students to use their imagination and critical thinking skills to investigate the past. Through objects, students will explore the experiences of different historical figures.

Length: 30 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, USI.9

The Common Soldier Experience
at Appomattox

Many soldiers were away from home for the first time, adjusting to life with little food and lots of company. Explore why soldiers joined the army, what life was like in camp, the steps of loading and firing a rifle, and how the world changed for the men and women who chose to fight.

Length: 30 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, usi.9

Civil War Geography
at Appomattox

How did the geography and climate of the state impact the movement of people, the use of land, and the war effort? How did the war shape the natural environment? This program is designed to help students understand the geography of Virginia in relation to the Civil War, and can be tailored to have a national focus.

Length: 30 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.1 VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, USI.1, USI.9

Medicine in the Civil War
at Appomattox

Why did more soldiers die from disease than in battle? This engaging and interactive program explores how the Civil War changed medical practices. Students will learn about the critical advancements made by doctors and nurses during the war as well as the diseases that caused the high death toll. 

Length: 30 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, USI.9

Contact us for information about scheduling. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Book early to ensure availability. Contact: youthprograms@acwm.org or 804-649-1861 ext. 112

Collaborative Options with the National Park Service

Experience a multi-site field trip with ACWM-Appomattox and Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

Contact Samantha Barrett at sbarrett@acwm.org for more information.

White House of the Confederacy

Guided Tour of the Historic Home

A museum educator will guide your students through two beautifully restored floors of this National Landmark, exploring the stories of Jefferson Davis, his family, the many enslaved and free servants who worked in the house, and Abraham Lincoln’s visit. Your students will experience history where it happened in this immersive tour.

Length: 45 minutes
Standards: VS, VS.7, VUS, VUS.7, USI, USI.9 

Contact us for information about scheduling. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Book early to ensure availability. Contact: youthprograms@acwm.org or 804-649-1861 ext. 112


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