Whitney Plantation is the only former plantation site in Louisiana with an exclusive focus on slavery. Generations of Africans and their descendants were enslaved here to establish and maintain indigo, rice, and sugar crops. Visitors learn about this history through tours, exhibits, memorials, and artwork.
Education Tours for 5th through 12th Grade Students
- Additional Adult Chaperone
- Complimentary Adult Chaperones We provide 2 complementary chaperone tickets for every 15 students that are booked.
Education Tours at Whitney Plantation Museum
Bookings are required for all school group visits and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A 50% deposit is required to finalize confirmation and to hold your group’s date.
To request a tour, please click the request a tour button on the right side of the page.
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.
- You may select the option for one of two windows of arrival for your group:
10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
These times are not the length of the tour. These times allow you time to travel, use the restrooms, etc. Once booked, you will be contacted by a member of the Education team to confirm the details of your visit. Please plan your time, including travel, accordingly.
- 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.
- 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.
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 around one hour in length.
- Final numbers of students and adult chaperones must be confirmed three weeks prior to the booked visit.
- Guided school tours include the Slave Cabins, Maroon’s Alley, 1811 German Coast Uprising Monument , Field of Angels, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall Allees, and the Wall of Honor. Other buildings on Whitney’s campus, including the Big House, the Church, and Detached Kitchen are not included on the tour.
- However, our Educators are happy to take students to other sections of the site if time allows, and if it is approved by the Education Manager when booking.
- Upon arrival, students will receive a Whitney Plantation workbook for students to use throughout and after their tour.
- Students will also receive lanyards with the names and stories of enslaved people related to the Works Progress Administration narrative project.
- For additional materials, see our Education Department tab: here.
- To begin the booking process, groups must fill out a booking request form.
- All groups, regardless of size, will be charged for a minimum of 18 students to cover the administrative costs of tours.
- A member of the Education team will follow up your request confirming your date request or offer your alternative date requests if we are fully booked.
- We require a 50% deposit to hold dates. We cannot guarantee the first date you requested will be available to you without a deposit.
- We require full payment three weeks prior to your site visit. This payment date will be given in the Education team’s follow up email.
- Once the Education Deparment has approved your date, time, and group size, they will send you a confirmation email with a link to payment. Please check your spam folder if you do not see it in your inbox.
About Our Site
- 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.
What Should Students Know?
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
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What grades do we provide tours to? 5th through 12th
- What is the size limit of the tour? 18-35 people per tour. This number includes chaperones. At this time, we are unable to accommodate groups larger than 35 people.
- Do we need chaperones? YES! There should be 1 chaperone for every 8 students. We do provide 2 complementary chaperone tickets for every 15 students that are booked.
- What is the length of our tour? 1 hour.
- What should we bring? Make sure that all guests have a water bottle as our tours are primarily outdoors. Please leave all food, bags, etc. on the bus as because there is no storage on site.
- When do I need to book our tour by? At least three weeks in advance of visit.
- Do you provide tax exemptions? Absolutely. Make sure to attach your tax exempt status to your booking form.
- Can I pay by check? We do accept checks, but we prefer that groups pay by card so we can insure your spot is booked. Because of our location, mail takes time to get to us.
- Can I make a donation to the Whitney Education Department? We accept all donations as we want to be able to create educational materials, such as curriculum, lesson planning, and virtual tours for groups like you.
Please check our Education Department Page for information on curriculum, lesson plans, and additional teaching resources.