Field Trips

Immerse your students in history at the American Civil War Museum

During guided tours and hands-on, interactive programs, students become historians, exploring primary source documents and artifacts to delve deeply into the human stories of the Civil War.

History matters
Through exhibits and programming at three distinct locations in Virginia, the American Civil War Museum strives to foster exploration of the causes, courses, and legacies of the War from diverse perspectives. Using artifacts and documents in our collection, students can uncover the far-reaching effects of some of the choices people made.

A unique window into understanding and exploring the Civil War
Our youth programming lets students step into the past, allowing them to see themselves as a part of history rather than an observer. Programs invite students to encounter the actual places and objects at the center of the most important events of the Civil War.  

Programming complements Virginia SOL and Common Core standards
Programming at the American Civil War Museum also incorporates 21st century and historical thinking skills. Using historical and critical thinking skills, students investigate peoples’ lives, the impact of war, and how echoes from the past surround us.

Contact Us

For information about:
          - Admission fees and scheduling availability
          - Up-to-date information about youth programming options
          - Tailored program options
          -  Scholarship opportunities | 804.649.1861, Ext. 122 |

Programs for Student & Youth Groups
Our offerings evolve daily, and we welcome opportunities to tailor programs to suit your students’ needs. All programs require a minimum of 10 students.

Explore our current offerings here, including free classroom and self-guided programs and more in-depth, site-specific programs ($). All visits require a minimum of one-site specific program. Current pricing options (with more information here): 


Group Rate*


Historic Tredegar

1 Guided Experience

Appomattox or White House of the Confederacy

2 Guided

3 or More Guided

Youth & Students





Additional Chaperones





*Rates for groups of 10 or more individuals. Rates include museum admission, a classroom program, and a site-specific guided experience. Additional experiences can include more programs at the same or different Museum locations.

In both Richmond and Appomattox, the American Civil War Museum works closely with nearby National Park Service sites -- Richmond National Battlefield Park and Appomattox Court House National Historical Park -- to provide exciting and engaging opportunities for youth to investigate the Civil War through both complementary and collaborative programming options. Contact us to learn more about joint field trip options.

Additional Reservation Guidelines

  • Book Ahead: The group rate only is available when booked in advance. Groups must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Reservations of fewer than two weeks in advance are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Select Your Programs: Rates include museum admission, a classroom program, and an site-specific guided program. You can choose to add more guided programs at the same or different Museum locations. Most groups choose 3 or 4 program offerings to experience in rotation during a 2-hour visit at one location. Ask about itineraries for visits to multiple museum sites. Programming depends on availability.
  • Group Rate: A "group" constitutes 10 or more youths/students. 1 free chaperone is included for every 10 students. Programming is available for smaller groups if they pay for the equivalent of 10 youths/students.
  • Payments: Payments are due upon arrival at the museum. Groups must pay as a group (one payment for the whole).
  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Cancellations less than 24 hours in advance of a scheduled booking and/or "no-show" groups still are responsible for paying for their originally booked reservations.
  • Bus Directions:  

Arrival and parking at Historic TredegarBlack and white version.

Bus Parking at White House of the Confederacy. Black and white version.


More for Educators

  • Outreach & Professional Development: The Museum brings history to you through hands-on, inquiry-based outreach programs to schools in Virginia. For more information about bringing programs for students or educators to you, contact us.

  • Virtual Field Trips: Bring ACWM educators into your classroom via virtual field trip sessions. In addition to working with individual schools and classrooms, ACWM partners with Streamable Learning to launch a new set of virtual field trips that you can stream into your classroom. Contact us for more information.

  • Teachers InstitutesComplement your classroom teaching with content and techniques from our annual Teachers Institutes, featuring expert content from historians and Museum staff, hands-on field trips, and lesson plans ready to customize for your students. For more information, contact us.


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