Educational School Tours
The Morris-Jumel Mansion offers tours that can be customized to fit your interests as well as to facilitate curricular connections. We also offer additional art activities which enhance students' experience at the mansion by adding hands-on learning opportunities to each tour. We also welcome groups that are multilingual and special needs classes. Please let us know in advance so we can provide the best experience for your students!
Educational school tours require 15 business days advanced registration to ensure we have educators to lead your tours.
Schools must pay a non-refundable $100.00 deposit, per class, at least 2 weeks in advance of their scheduled trip before their reservation will be considered final.
Cost: $9 per student/ $6 per student for Title One schools. Maximum of 64 students (two simultaneous tours) for a typical tour.
Please note that we are under a five year reinterpretation plan so some rooms may be different from your last visit. If you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-923-8008. Thank you for your understanding.
The following are our school tour descriptions:
The Mansion in the Revolutionary War (90 minute tour)
Students explore the mansion floor by floor, discussing late Colonial and Revolutionary American history. This tour examines the chronology and details of General George Washington's stay at the mansion during the 1776 Battle of Harlem Heights. Students will engage in inquiry based learning, as well as participating in small group work discussions with hands-on object based learning in mansion's Colonial Kitchen.
Recommended for 4th grade and up.
S&S #4.3b, 4.3c, 4.3d, 7.3a, 7.3b, 7.3c, 7.3d, 11.1a, 11.1b, 11.2a, 11.b
Colonial Life and the Mansion (60-90 minute tour)
Students are guided on a exploration of the mansion’s Colonial period rooms and kitchen. This tour can be tailored to any grade level, focusing on family and community life in the 18th and 19th centuries. Students will make connections between the past, present and the evolution of the city itself by comparing and contrasting life in Colonial times with our contemporary world.
Recommended for grades K and up.
S&S #2.1 a, 2.1b, 2.1c, 2.6a, 2.6b, 2.7a, 7.2c, 7.2d
History Unwritten: Enslaved Servitude at the Mansion (90 minute tour)
In a unique exploration, students learn about the enslaved people who lived and worked at the Mansion. Students are guided through the daily lives of the enslaved people and their experience living in NYC during the Late Colonial and the Revolutionary War periods. Groups are asked to examine the question: “What does it mean to be free?” Students will engage in conversation about the importance of speaking about this history and begin to transform this narrative to acknowledging the important roles of the enslaved people in the development of the American Colonies.
Recommended for 5th grade and up.
Please Note: We can only accommodate ONE class (or up to 32 students) at a time for this program.
S&S #4.5a, 7.2e, 7.8a, 7.8b, 11.1b
Additional Art Activities
Cost: $3 per student in addition to tour cost.
Make a Revolutionary War Cipher
This art activity complements best with the Mansion in the Revolutionary War program. The educator will lead a discussion about George Washington and his spy ring, and the different techniques they used to communicate to one another. The children will then assemble a cipher Washington and his spies used in the war. They will be able to take the cipher home and use to create secret messages.
Feather Quill Writing
Children will write a letter (to whomever) using a real feather quill and ink. It engages children in a living history experience by enabling them to interact directly with the materials used in the past. The educator will also lead a discussion about communication in the colonial period.
Herb Sachet Making
The word sachet comes from French word meaning "little bag". During colonial times, people made sachets from scraps of fabric and filled them with fragrant herbs. The sachets were then placed in drawers or closets to scent their clothes. For this activity children will get to create their own small sachets with wonderful aromatic herbs that include, lavender, chamomile and rose pedals. Educators will also lead a discussion about herbs and their uses in the colonial period.
A thaumatrope is an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century, which consists of a small circular disk with a picture on each side, attached by a string. When the string is twirled quickly between the fingers, the two pictures appear to blend into one, creating the illusion of an animated image. All classes will be able to take their thaumatropes home with them.