All of our educational programs have been designed to meet the goals and objectives of the Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks and Common Core State Standards. Our programs are inquiry-based and help develop skills in close observation, evidential reasoning, and critical thinking. Click below to download a PDF of the curriculum connections chart.
Our museum tours, outreach programs, and online learning opportunities are also great for non-school youth groups, such as Scout troops, church groups, social service agencies, and after-school programs.
How to schedule a program:
- All school and youth groups must make a reservation in advance. Group size limits vary and are listed with the individual program descriptions. Teachers interested in planning a field trip may stop by the CHS to preview our exhibitions free of charge with a school ID card. Contact us at [email protected] or (860) 236-5621 x232 for more information or to schedule a program.
Times and Days:
- School group tours are scheduled Monday through Friday during school hours.
- Costs vary with the type of the program and are listed with the individual program descriptions.
- There is a minimum $50 fee per program.
- Fee reductions may be available for groups requiring financial assistance. Requests should be made as soon as possible by writing to [email protected] or Education Department, attn: Fee Reduction, Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105.
- We require 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students.
- A maximum of 1 adult for every 5 students is allowed.
- Chaperones are admitted free of charge.
- The CHS updates our COVID-19 policies per current guidance from the CDC and the State of Connecticut. We will discuss current COVID-19 policies with you at the time of booking.
- Visit our Homeschool page for information on Homeschool Days at the CHS.
- Please make arrangements in advance if your group would like to eat lunch at the CHS. You may picnic on our grounds for free. Inside lunch space may be reserved for a fee of 50¢ per student.
Museum Store Cart:
- Our museum store cart is available with prior arrangement for students to purchase souvenirs ranging from 25¢-$10.
- We do not allow students in the regular museum store due to space and time constraints.
- Students may shop at the store cart during lunch, or add an extra 15-20 minutes at the end of your visit.
- We offer a selection of kid-friendly items that make perfect souvenirs of the trip!
- A written confirmation will be sent prior to your scheduled program.
- IN THE EVENT THAT YOU MUST CANCEL A TOUR OR PROGRAM, PLEASE CONTACT US AT LEAST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE.
When you call, please have ready:
- Choice of program(s)
- Requested date (Please have 1-2 alternatives in mind)
- Requested start time
- Number of students (Check group size limits for desired program)
- Grade level
- Number of classes in the group
- Names and emails of teachers participating in the program
- Lunch/store cart reservation
- Any specific teacher goals for the program
- Special needs of students in your group