School Tours

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Historic Richmond Town offers specific tours that are geared towards students and curriculum.  If you are looking for a more intensive hands-on experience please see our School Workshops.

Please download the materials below at least 4 weeks prior to your visit.  



Tour America's Historic Town

November - December;
April – June

Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of New York City's past.
  • Historic buildings, furnished interiors
  • Self-guided format
  • Museum teachers dressed for eras 1690's – 1890's
  • Hands-on activities
  • Available 10:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Monday – Friday; on selected days afternoon tours are available for groups
  • July – August on selected days self-guided tours are available for groups


Historical Museum Building # 23
  • Explore the exhibit Bringing Up Baby to discover how families raised children before electricity.
  • See what industry was like before conveyor belts; see what farming looked like before tractors.
Voorlezer’s House Building #2
  • Compare a school from 1690 with schools of today. 
Basket Maker’s House Building # 13
  • Feel the weight of workbaskets made at a colonial farmhouse; see how they’re made.
  • Stop by the pond to see turtles basking; check for migrating geese
Guyon-Lake-Tysen House Building # 14
  • Follow the aroma of savory vegetables pan-roasting to a kitchen; inventory the pantry for cooking tools.
Grocery Store Building # 19
  • See what shopping was like before shopping carts and cars.
  • Take a photo of yourself “wearing” clothes from the 1800s.
Tinsmith’s Shop Building # 22
  • Hear the tinsmith’s hammer shaping metal into useful household objects.


From 1690 – 1960 the relationship between government and the people went through many changes. Visit a courtroom from the 1830s, a schoolhouse from 1690 and more to make the changes real for your students.  


What jobs and skills did African Americans have in the 1700s and 1800s? How did enslaved people live and work in New York in the 1700s? Find answers to these and other questions in this tour through the Historical Museum, farmhouses and more.


What was life like before electricity, trade routes that included airplanes and goods manufactured mostly by machines? Visit farmhouses and commercial spaces to find out.