Bring your school, homeschool, or camp group for a personalized experience in the home where Marjorie Post once lived. Students engage in authentic encounters with art, history, gardens, and culture in a unique and intimate setting.
Schedule Your Visit
Student groups must register at least four weeks in advance. Group visits are subject to availability. To request a student group visit:
- E-mail the Youth Audiences Manager or
- Call 202-243-3935
A Hillwood representative will contact you after receiving your request. Your visit is not confirmed until you receive confirmation by phone or e-mail.
Plan Your Visit
Touring Options: Student groups may choose from two options:
- Guided Tours: Explore the mansion or gardens through guided observation and inquiry-based discussion led by trained Museum Teachers. (See more information and guided student tour descriptions below.)
- Self-guided Visits: Explore the mation, exhibition, and gardens at your own pace, with an audio or printed guide.
- $3 Student (Guided Tours)
- $4 Student (Guided Tour + Art Workshop)
- Teachers and chaperones: free
- self-guided student groups: suggested donation
Schedule: Guided tours for student groups may be scheduled Tuesday-Friday, year-round, beginning at 10 am. We may be able to accommodate other requests; contact the Youth Audiences Manager to discuss. Self-guided student visits may be scheduled anytime during Hillwood's public hours. All group guided tours and self-guided visits are subject to availability.
Group Size: No fewer than ten, no more than 60. If your group is larger or smaller, contact the Youth Audiences Manager to discuss options.
Chaperones: Adult chaperones must accompany student groups. We will work with you to determine the appropriate number of chaperones based on group size, age, and touring experience.
Lunch Arrangements: Student groups are welcome to make arrangements to eat during their visit. There are two lunch options:
- Café Dining: Purchase meals from the Café's group menu to dine in the Café. Contact the Youth Audiences Manager to make arrangements.
- Picnicking: Bring a bag lunch to eat outdoors in a designated picnic area. Though there are no picnic tables, you may borrow picnic blankets or bring blankets with you. There are no indoor facilities available for eating your bag lunch. Please store your lunches on your bus until you are ready to eat.
Visit Guidelines: Help us protect the art and gardens so everyone can enjoy them. Please review Guidelines for Visiting before bringing your group to Hillwood.
Transportation and Directions: See Getting To Us for directions, transportation, and parking information. Please contact the Youth Audiences Manager to make arrangements for school bus arrival and parking.
Explore the mansion or gardens through guided observation and inquiry-based discussion led by trained Museum Teachers.
Guided student group tours of Hillwood:
- Engage students through inquiry and object-based learning
- Encourage conversation and dialogue
- Enhance students' observation, analytic and critical thinking skills
The following is a list of some suggested guided tour themes. Please choose from these options, or discuss additional ideas with the Youth Audiences Manager.
Pre-K & Kindergarten (1/2-hour tour + 1/2-hour art exploration):
- Kings and Queens: Enger the magnificent world of kings and queens as you prepare for a royal ball, discover gtreasures, and decorate a splendid crown of your own.
Grades K-8 (one-hour tour + one-hour art workshop):
- In Fabergé's Workshop: Explore the collection of Russian imperial art. Study a magnificent portrait of Catehrine the Great and see objects that belonged to the Tsars and Tsarinas of Russia, including the intricate creations of imperial Russia's legendary jeweler, Peter Carl Fabergé. Afterwards, create your own Fabergé-inspired treasure.
- Japanese-style Garden Journeys: Dicover the beauty and tranquility of the Japanese-style Garden. Explore the garden, read and write traditional Japanese haiku poetry, and create a Japanese-style garden diorama.
- Passport to France: Travel to France without leaving DC! Examine the detail and artistry in the fine porcelain dishes and furniture from 1700s France in the mansion. Then, inspired by the art you've seen, create a French treasure of your own.
Grades 7-12 (45 minute- one-hour guided tour):
- Foreign Language and Culture: Russian or French: Enrich your understanding of foreign language, cultural perspectives and worldviews through the exploration of Russian or French art objects.
- World History, European History, and Comparative Government: Analyze artifacts from the past and interpret symbols of wealth and power to develop an understanding of life in the imperialist societies of Russia and France in the 18th and 19th centuries.
- American Identity: Explore the lifestyle of the grand American estate tradition, evalute the role wealth, power, and philanthropy play in constructing American identity, and consider the lasting impact Marjorie Post had through her life and actions.
- Art Exploration and Humanities: Hillwood, and the legacy of its founder, Marjorie Post, provide a particularly rich context for expanding aesthetic awareness and exploring the arts as an essential aspect of history and human experience.
Customized Programs: If you are interested in exploring a topic that is not listed, please contact the Youth Audiences Manager. Hillwood's educators can work with you to develop a customized tour to meet your group's needs.