American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont
April 01 - December 31
This exhibition in the Elizabeth Ridgely and Miodrag Blagojevich Gallery highlights pieces from Read on
Exhibition Opening - Tramp Art
September 29 - September 07
Explore this intriguing art form through the study of five objects ranging from a seven-foot-tall Read on
Changing Keys: From Harpsichord to Pianoforte
November 22 - September 07
Explore the evolution of spinets, harpsichords, and pianos in the 18th century in this exhibition of Read on
January 01 - December 31
Take a 30-minute orientation walk that will help you plan your visit. Get the latest information on Read on
Student Discovery Tour
Leave the classroom behind and embark on an amazing educational tour! From fine arts and history to physics and biology, here in the Historic Triangle, we embrace all the learning essentials!
Consumer Sales Manager, Tourism
Student Discovery Tour*
4 Days/3 Nights
|Day One: Twisted Physics & X-treme Education|
Kick off your learning experience with Busch Gardens Williamsburg's X-treme Physics Program. On this self-guided tour, the students will receive workbooks to help them with their "scientific research." They will learn about accelerations, energy, weightlessness, power and inertia as they twist and turn through the air on the park's roller coasters and other extreme rides! Take a break between thrills to catch a show or browse through the shops. Enjoy dinner at one of the park's many eateries.
|Day Two: Winning Wars & Clashing Cultures|
Go back in time and visit the site where English America began - Historic Jamestowne! Through one of the site's educational tours, you will visit the original English Fort and learn how archeologists unearthed the important clues to our nation's past. Forensics and puzzle solving emerge in this program, igniting and reinforcing the students' interest in the mysteries behind this land.
Head on over to Jamestown Settlement and enjoy lunch in the cafe. Explore the ships, Indian Village and English Fort outside and tour the museum exhibits inside. Immerse yourself in the different Cultures at Jamestown. The Powhatan Indians, English and Africans converged together creating both exciting exchanges and clashing ways of life. This program offers interactive activities, including role-playing and the study of period illustrations.
Travel the scenic Colonial Parkway to Yorktown Battlefield and explore both American and British camps in a Siege Line Walking Tour before discussing how Washington finally surrounded and defeated Cornwallis and the British Army.
Next, treat yourself to a dose of Colonial Medicine at the Yorktown Victory Center. History and science come together as you'll learn about the early and interesting techniques used by colonial families and doctors. From dentistry to amputation, this fascinating program is sure to grab your attention. A resource book about Colonial Medicine is available to download here.
For curriculum guides, lesson plans, videos, teacher packets and other classroom materials on Jamestown and Yorktown, please click here.
Studying history can work up an appetite. Check out the Group Tour Planner or click here for a listing of great dining opportunities. After dinner, spend the rest of the evening at the Premium Outlets. Even student tour groups deserve a little shopping time! For more group shopping information, you can click here.
|Day Three: Revolutionary Rebellion & Historical Hauntings|
Spend the day at Colonial Williamsburg. Begin with an orientation walk for the latest information on sites and events. On the Becoming Americans guided tour, you will receive admission to the exhibition buildings, trade shops and colonial homes. You will also get a chance to visit the Governor's Palace and the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg - including the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and Bassett Hall. Please refer to Colonial Williamsburg's website for additional information on their educational programs.
Next stop: Revolutionary City! This dynamic two-hour program, located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, allows its participants to take part in the events that defined the United States of America. On Fridays during the spring and summer, the citizens are at war in Revolutionary City! On any given day, you may hear citizens talk about revolution, rebuilding the country and even war! You may even witness General Washington speak to his troops before the Battle at Yorktown!
To learn more about Colonial Williamsburg's educational programs, events and activities, please visit their website.
Have dinner at one of the local taverns before embarking on a different kind of colonial tour! With a variety of ghost tours to choose from, your guide will take you on a journey through Williamsburg's spooky past and haunted memories. As you walk through the Historic Area, you'll learn all about the local legends, myths and folklore.
|Day Four: Artistic Academia, Nautical Navigation & Area Animals|
Put your creative mind to work at the Muscarelle Museum located at the College of William and Mary. Being the only fine arts museum in the Historic Triangle, the Muscarelle regularly brings in new exhibits and collections from all over the world. The permanent collection includes English and American portraits, Japanese prints, African art and abstract paintings, drawings and watercolors. At the end of your visit, rest on one of William and Mary's lawns and discuss what you liked and disliked about the different pieces. Write a critical review of your favorite artworks.
Continue the day by traveling to the Mariners' Museum in Newport News. There you will immerse yourself in the Age of Exploration. This popular program takes the students back to a time when the world was still being discovered. Learn the process of cartography; discuss the economy and culture of the Old World; even examine the navigational instruments used by early explorers! Upon completing the program, YOU will become the explorer in a Museum Scavenger Hunt! Enjoy a boxed lunch provided by the museum.
Head over on to the Virginia Living Museum where you will learn all about the region's plant and animal life. Choose one of the museum's Meaningful Watershed Programs, including "Life in the Chesapeake Bay," "It All Flows Downstream," and "Pond Life." These activities offer a hands-on experience to educate and inform the students about aquatic life and environmental issues. Go here for additional resources designed for both teachers and students.
For more information, contact Vivian Bunting, Consumer Sales Manager, Tourism.
*The above itinerary is only suggestion. For a more customized tour to match your group's wants and needs, feel free to browse our group tour attractions, shopping, dining and lodging options OR contact one of our local tour services - no one knows the ins and outs of the Historic Triangle better than they do! Should you have any questions or comments about this itinerary or simply want to start planning your trip, please contact us via email at Vivian Bunting, or call 800-368-6511.
We strive to keep all information accurate and updated. If you notice any mistakes or changes, please contact Joanna Skrabala, Manager, Tourism & Interactive Programs, via email or call 800-368-6511.
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