School Groups

Bring your school, homeschool, or camp group for a personalized experience in the home where Marjorie Merriweather 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.
Request a student group visit:
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.
Touring Options
Student groups may choose from two options:
Plan Your Visit
For guided programs:
$3 Student (guided tour)
$4 Student (guided tour + art workshop)
Teachers and chaperones: free
Title I schools: free
For self-guided visits:
$2 suggested donation per student
Teachers and chaperones: free
Title I schools: free
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 by e-mail or by phone at 202.243.3935 to discuss.
Self-guided student visits may be scheduled anytime during Hillwood’s public hours.
All 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 by e-mail or by phone at 202.243.3935 to discuss options.  
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.
Special Needs
Inform the Youth Audiences Manager of any special needs when you schedule your visit.  Please review Hillwood’s  Facilities & Access information. 
Lunch Arrangements
Student groups are welcome to make arrangements to eat during their visit.  There are two options:
Café Dining 
Make reservations (required for groups of 10 or more) to dine in the Café by contacting the Youth Audiences Manager by e-mail or by phone at 202.243.3935. Preorder from our Group Menu or Afternoon Tea Menu or order boxed lunches for take-out no later than 7 days in advance.
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.
Transportation and Directions
Visit Guidelines
Help us protect the art and gardens so everyone can enjoy them.  
Enjoy the art and gardens with your eyes and mind, but please remember not to touch.
Be mindful of other visitors and refrain from making excessive noise.
For your safety, walk, do not run.
Informal “vacation-style” non-flash photography is welcome for personal use.
Smoking is not permitted.
Leave large bags and coats in the coatroom while you explore the mansion.
Guided Student Program Options
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
(Program length: one hour)
Kings and Queens
Enter the magnificent world of kings and queens as you prepare for a royal ball, discover treasures, and decorate a splendid crown of your own.
Grades K-8
(Program length: two hours)
Faberge’s Workshop
Explore the collection of Russian imperial art in the mansion. Study a magnificent portrait of Catherine 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
Discover 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 to take home.
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
(Program length: one hour)
Foreign Language or 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 1700s and 1800s.
American Identity
Explore the lifestyle of the grand American estate tradition, evaluate 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 by e-mail or by phone at 202.243.3935. Hillwood’s educators can work with you to develop a customized tour to meet your group’s needs.

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