Black History Museum Educational Programs
The Alexandria Black History Museum offers a variety of tours and programs for students of all ages. The Museum offers a Past/Present exercise for kindergarten and first grade students, which uses easily-understood terms and guided practice to teach Alexandria’s history. Tours of the Museum’s Parker-Gray Gallery traveling exhibitions are also open to all groups.
Tours may be arranged for camps, scout groups, homeschooled families and other groups, in addition to school groups.
- Alexandria’s Civil Rights History
- African American Education
- Alexandria’s Business Community
How to Schedule a Tour
For school tours the Museum requires a fee of $1 per student. Programs are free of charge for Alexandria Public Schools. Chaperones are admitted free of charge. The maximum number of children allowed per visit is 40.
To schedule a tour, call the Museum Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tour reservations should be made two weeks in advance. A tour confirmation will be sent by email.
Groups that wish to visit more than one Alexandria site on the same day can make arrangements through the Office of Historic Alexandria.
A Century of Just Women. This kit focuses on the contributions of Northern Virginia’s African American women. This kit is designed for fourth grade students and corresponds to the State of Virginia’s Standards of Learning. The kit was funded through a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Kits may be rented from the Museum by calling 703.746.4356.
Teaching with Historic Places in Alexandria, Virginia. These two lessons feature significant African American Sites in Alexandria, Virginia. These lessons were inspired by the National Park Service’s Teaching with Historic Places program.
Creating a More Perfect Community. These lessons on Reconstruction were developed by local teachers as part of a three-year project (2004-2006), funded by a Teaching American History Grant awarded to Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). This project was a partnership between ACPS, George Mason University's Center for History and New Media and Department of History and Art History, the Office of Historic Alexandria, and Northern Virginia Community College.