Visit Dumbarton House with Your School

School Groups

Dumbarton House offers educational field trips for students from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Our field trips are tailored to meet the Common Core School Standards as well as DC and Virginia school standards. At the moment, only groups of 20 or fewer people can be accommodated in person. Larger groups can schedule virtual tours.
Pricing

Programs are a flat rate: $50, $75 or $100; pay as you are able. DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools are always free. Contact us with any questions!

Minimum 5 students, maximum 40 students unless otherwise agreed upon.

A $25 deposit is required upon booking and counts toward the total cost. The full balance is due 48 hours prior to the program.

D.C. Public & Charter Schools are free of charge.

Registration

To register for a field trip, please complete a field trip request form. School programs are available Monday through Friday. All programs have a minimum requirement of 5 students. A maximum of 40 students can be accommodated per field trip. If you have a larger group, please contact the Education Department to discuss available options.

Programs


Capital Quest:
Students become history detectives on this quest through Washington D.C.’s past. By spying for clues, examining primary sources, and strengthening map skills, students will uncover the rich history of the nation’s capital. Discover why Washington D.C. was chosen as the capital city and explore the lives and ideals of early Americans who shaped the nation. In addition to an interactive tour, a supplemental activity packet is provided. Length: 1 hour. Grades 3-5. 

Parthenon to Portico: What does America have in common with Ancient Greece? Students learn how America was influenced by this great civilization by comparing Classical Greek and American ideals of government, art, and architecture. Using a supplemental activity packet and elements of Classical Greek architecture and their own imagination, students can design a public structure. Length: 1 hour. Grades 3-8. 

Changing City: Tobacco, Transportation, and Georgetown: Delve into the founding of Washington DC through the port of Georgetown and its undeniable ties to the tobacco industry. Using primary sources, uncover the links between the tobacco trade, money, city growth and enslavement in this urban setting. Learn about the people who lived and worked in Georgetown and depended on trade from the perspective of three historic sites: Tudor Place, Dumbarton House and Georgetown Heritage. Length: 1 hour. Grades 3-5.

Farm to Table:* Students learn how food travels from the farm to their kitchen table on this interactive tour of the herb garden and historic period rooms. After the tour, the students plant a seed to take home!  This program integrates science, social studies, and nutrition to teach students about food production, healthy eating, and reducing our carbon footprint. Length: 2 hours. Grades 3-8. 

*Offered spring/early fall

Homeschool Groups and Learning Pods

Dumbarton House offers a number of homeschool programs if requested two weeks in advance. These programs cover various seasonal topics about life in the early capital city. Programs include:

  • School and Fun: What was life like for children in the Federal period?
  • Harvest Time: What did people eat and where did they get food 200 years ago?
  • Patriotism and Presidents: Learn about American history and symbolism.
  • Time Travelers: Explore what life was like 200 years ago by using all your senses.
  • Winter Warmth: Learn about how people stayed warm before central heating.
  • Parthenon to Portico: Discover the Classical Greek and Roman influences on Dumbarton House and other buildings.
  • Communication Through Time: Practice the art of letter writing and learn about the postal system.
  • Art at Dumbarton: Use close-looking skills to learn about artistic techniques using the art in our collection.

Pricing
For homeschool programs, pricing is $7 per participating child and $5 per adult. There is a $40 minimum to schedule a private homeschool program (e.g. 5 children, 1 adult.) A non-refundable $25 deposit is required to hold a requested date, which will count towards the final payment (due 48 hours before the program). 

Maximum capacity: 40 children

Accessibility

The Museum’s programs are available to all students as the hands-on programs are developed to connect with all learning styles. Given enough notice, Museum Educators can adapt programs to fit the specific needs of your students. The museum is wheelchair accessible.

Explore Early American History From New Perspectives

From art to cooking to technology, there's something for everyone at Dumbarton House.