City of Alexandria, VA
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Historic Alexandria Resources for Educators
Alexandria offers educators the unique opportunity to reinforce their teaching with hands-on experiences, field trips, lectures, educational kits and other media resources. These programs are designed to foster interest in the history and culture of Alexandria from colonial times to the present.
There are many historic sites in Alexandria to choose from for programs, ranging from the Colonial period to the Civil Rights movement. The Museums offer education programs for both children and adults. Many programs are suitable not only for school groups, but also for scouts, daycare, camps and homeschool groups.
Incorporate a visit to an Alexandria historic site or museum to bring your lessons to life and connect your students to the community they live in. Many sites offer free admission to classes from Alexandria City Public Schools, and some also offer free programs to other public and private school groups.
Historic Alexandria sites provide a variety of experiences for adults, from hands-on programs to discounted group tours. Choose a site to visit or visit our calendar of events for upcoming special events.
Groups with special needs can call in advance to arrange a program and work with individual sites to ensure your Alexandria experience fits the needs of all in your group. Some historic sites are multi-level and do not have elevators; however, if notified when scheduling the program, adjustments can be made to include all to the best of each site’s ability. Sign language and foreign language interpreters may also be available if requested when making your reservation.
Whether it’s a history camp or a daycare field trip, the City of Alexandria has a lot to offer Daycares and Camps. Choose a site to visit for your group ages 4 and up, but be sure to contact each site you would like to visit at least two weeks in advance.
Homeschool families and groups may choose from a variety of programs, including School and Scout programs and group tours. Please contact the individual site(s) you are interested in visiting in advance for a complete list of options. Please note that many special programs require a minimum of two weeks advance registration and are subject to availability. The Office of Historic Alexandria is also proud to host an annual Homeschool Day, where participating sites offer additional hands-on activities for visiting families.
When planning a visit to Historic Alexandria, pack and troop leaders should check with individual sites for special Scout tour offerings or visit our calendar of events for upcoming special events.
Please call individual museums at least two weeks in advance to arrange a program or a tour.
Many city sites work closely with the Living History Foundation, a volunteer organization. While the museums and historic sites in Alexandria cannot book a re-enactor for your group nor provide costumed staff for events or classroom visits, some may be able to provide additional references. If you would like to bring your class to scheduled events that feature re-enactors, please check our calendar.
Bring history to life in your classroom! The following educational outreach kits are available for use in the classroom. A nominal fee is charged for renting the trunks for teachers outside of the Alexandria City Public School system. To reserve a kit, please contact the museum directly.
Online Lesson Resources
Below are lesson plans available online in which Historic Alexandria sites and their collections have been featured. Most of the lesson plans were developed for older elementary and middle school students, but many can be easily adapted to meet your specific classroom needs.
Teaching with Historic Places in Alexandria
Creating a More Perfect Community