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Education Tours for 5th through 12th Grade Students

Student
$11
Additional Adult Chaperone
$21

Education Tours at Whitney Plantation Museum

Guided visits for middle and high school students are booked on a first come, first served reservation basis. To book your classroom’s visit to Whitney Plantation, please click here.

At a glance:

  • Available for grades 5th  through 12th
  • Size limit: 18-35 people per tour (students and designated chaperones)
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Offered by advanced reservation only.
  • We are unable to accommodate groups larger than 35 people. We are working towards this possibility starting in the fall of 2022.
  • You may select the option for one of two windows of arrival for your group:

10am-12pm

or

1pm-3pm

Booking one of these options means that your group may arrive at any time during this window. These times are not the length of the tour. Once booked, you will be contacted by a member of the Education team to confirm the details of your visit.

 

Group policies: 

  • Bookings are required for all school group visits and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit is required to finalize confirmation. Student groups are required to have 1 chaperone for every 8 students. Face coverings are mandatory for each guest while interacting with staff and inside buildings.
  • The number of groups taken each day is limited so please be prepared to make your request early and include additional dates.  If there is not an option for the date/time that you wish to visit, it is because other groups have already booked that date/time and you must choose another.

About Guided Tours for Middle and High School Students:

  • School tours are guided by professional educators and tour guides. Payment in full is required prior to the beginning of the tour.
  • Guided School tours have a set route through Whitney Plantation’s site, focusing on the themes of labor, survival, resistance, and collective memory. Students are encouraged to ask questions, make observations, and engage with the educator and the space around them. The current tour for students runs between 45 minutes and one hour in length.
  • Final numbers of students and adult chaperones must be confirmed three weeks prior to the booked visit. All groups, regardless of size, will be charge for a minimum of 18 students to cover the administrative costs of tours.
  • Guided school tours include the Slave Cabins, Maroon’s Alley, 1811 German Coast Uprising Monument[1], Field of Angels, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall Allees, and the Wall of Honor. Other buildings on Whitney’s campus, including the Big House and Detached Kitchen are not included on the tour, but are accessible any time after your tour. Please plan your time, including travel, accordingly.
  • Whitney Plantation is a largely outdoor site—weather, insects, outdoor smells, plants, and wild animals may be encountered at any given time. Wear comfortable clothing, closed-toed walking shoes, and dress for the weather.
  • There is small picnic area available on a first come, first served basis for visitors. If your group must bring lunch, please leave them on the bus until mealtime. Other than water, food is not allowed onsite during tours.
  • There is no storage area for coats, bags, or personal items onsite. Please only carry what is needed to be comfortable on the tour and leave all other items on the bus.
  • Whitney Plantation is a site for remembrance. Attendees of guided tours are expected to treat Whitney staff and site with respect, including the buildings, land, and restrooms. Teachers and Chaperones are required to correct student behavior when needed. Failing to cooperate or respect staff or the site will result in the immediate ending of the tour.

To receive the best experience, it is recommended, but not required, that students be introduced to the following topics prior to their visit to Whitney Plantation, as is appropriate for their grade level:

  • Basic introduction to slavery in the United States, including the Trans-Atlantic (Triangle) Trade
  • Colonization of the Americas
  • The American Revolution
  • The Louisiana Purchase

[1] This monument can be jarring to visitors and may not be appropriate for younger students. Please speak with your Education Department contact for more details.