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Museum Workshops & Guided Tours

Immersive, interactive, and fun! Enhance your visit with hands-on workshops, tours, and overnights. You might solve a history mystery, resolve a community dispute, reimagine the First Thanksgiving, make a Wampanoag-inspired artifact, or play a 17th-century game. There's something for everyone, from our Youngest Learners to Lifelong Learners

Each program is one hour long for one class (no more than 25 people) and can be customized to fit your interests as well as grade, unit, or curricular goals. Learn more about our Education Programs. 

For more information including pricing and availability, call (508) 746-1622 ext. 8359, email programs@plimoth.org.

Ready to book? Make an online reservation request.

Guided Tours 

Plimoth & Historic Patuxet Tour 

Explore Plimoth's main living history exhibits with a Museum Educator and discover the powerful stories of people who actually lived along these shores of change 400 years ago. This 2-hour tour is best suited to grades 3+ and can be adapted to fit grade, unit, or curricular goals. 

Quest! Guided Tours 

Be a History Detective! Teams search for clues and discover how indigenous and colonial communities overcame unique challenges in the past and still shape our communities today.  This 2-hour tour is best suited to grades 3-5.

Ship-to-Shore Guided Tour 

Landscapes tell important stories about "community" on this guided tour of the original Patuxet and Plimoth - now Plymouth's thriving downtown cultural district. This 1-hour tour includes key sites such as Burial Hill (the site of the original settlement), Town Brook (where Patuxet got its name), and the Plimoth Grist Mill (originally built in 1636). This 1-hour tour is best suited to grades 3+ and can be adapted to fit grade, unit, or curricular goals.

Waterfront Tour

An express 30-minute guided tour explores the original Patuxet and Plimoth - now Plymouth's thriving downtown cultural district - and asks why people have chosen to live on this spot for over 12,000 years. This tour is best suited to grades 3+ and can be adapted to fit grade, unit, or curricular goals.

Museum Workshops for Early Childhood 

The First Thanksgiving: Play Centers 

Experience the 1621 harvest feast through play! First, hear the story, then play the story by rotating through centers with reproduction Wampanoag and Colonial objects from the first Thanksgiving.

Work & Play: a Games Program 

How did Wampanoag and Colonial children work and play? Learn about work, then play the Native and English games children would have played in 17th-century New England!

Museum Workshops for Older Learners 

Wampanoag Lifeways & Culture: an Object Discovery (Grades 2-12)

Explore traditional Wampanoag Culture and Lifeways through hands-on object discovery. Guided by a Native Museum Teacher, students will have the opportunity to handle reproduction artifacts and animal furs while asking questions about both 17th-century and contemporary Wampanoag communities. This workshop is available from March - November. Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks: 2.7, 2.8, 3.2, 3.12, 4.11, 4.15.

Reading and Writing in the 17th Century (Grades 2-6) 

Students discuss the many different ways 17th-century children were educated, whether in a classroom, through an apprenticeship, or at home). Try writing with a quill pen and ink and compare it to today’s writing tools. Create a personalized unique 17th-century signature to take home. Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks: 2.7, 2.8, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.12, 4.11, 4.14, 4.15.

Tell the Story: Reading, Writing, and Wampum Belts (Grades PreK - 5)

People in the past recorded stories in many different ways. Pilgrims shared stories with written words on paper, and the Wampanoag shared stories with designs on wampum belts. Students learn the 17th-century alphabet and practice writing using chalk on slate, or quill and ink on old-style paper, then learn about wampum belts and create their own original design.

The Mayflower Compact (Grades 3-5)

Young citizen-students explore the Mayflower Compact as a founding document of our democracy and create their own 17th-century signature with quill and ink. 

A 17th-century History Mystery (Grades 2-5)

Students work in teams and use clues hidden in historic art to discover the identity of a mysterious artifact. Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks: 2.7, 2.8, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.12, 4.11, 4.14, 4.15.

A Civil Body Politic: Civics, Community Building, and the legacy of Mayflower Compact (Grades 6-12)

Students study the Mayflower Compact - and those individuals who crafted it - as an inspiration for the democratic vision of our nation’s 18th-century founders. Students engage with the original language of the document to better understand the Mayflower Compact as government by the consent of the governed before drafting their own classroom compact.  

Fact or Fiction? Investigating The First Thanksgiving (Grades 6-12)

What really happened at the First Thanksgiving? Who was at the table and why? Students explore the history behind the legend by comparing written and oral accounts of the harvest feast and examining colonial and indigenous artifacts. 

Winter Workshops at Plimoth 

The Winter Workshop is a comprehensive program providing a solid foundation for a unit on the 17th-century and Plimoth Colony. The two-part workshop includes a classroom visit and a hands-on workshop at the Museum and includes a packet of teaching resources. Available December - February only. 

A two-class program, each class a maximum of 25 students. (Two Classroom Visits: one for each class. One Workshop for two classes.) Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks: 2.7, 2.8, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.12, 4.11, 4.14, 4.15.

Part 1: Classroom Visit

Learn about 1627 Plimoth Plantation from an actual Pilgrim in your classroom! Our Museum teacher will portray an actual resident of 1627 Plimoth Colony, using the person’s life story to frame the one-hour program. For that hour the year is 1627 and your Museum teacher will speak with a regional, English dialect of the 17th century, wearing accurate reproduction clothing. Using reproduction artifacts to enhance your classroom’s experience, your visitor will share the Pilgrim story, from hiring Mayflower in England, through the journey and the first winter, to Thanksgiving in Plymouth. As a highlight of the program, two children will be invited to try on Colonial children's clothing!  

Part 2: Hands-On Workshop at Plimoth Plantation

This two-and-a-half-hour workshop takes place in our Visitor Center and in two of the reproduction houses of our English Village..  One class begins the day outdoors in the English Village in the year 1627, working alongside Colonists, experiencing the chores of a child in 1627 Plymouth. The second class begins the day indoors, in the Visitor Center, where the students practice writing with quill pens and examine reproduction artifacts to determine what the objects reveal about the lives of the Colonists. After completing the first round of activities the classes change places, so both groups experience both the indoor and the outdoor activities. 

For more information including pricing and availability, call (508) 746-1622 ext. 8359, email programs@plimoth.org. 

Ready to book? Make an online reservation request.