Field Trip Descriptions
Dumbarton House reserves the right to change program offerings and descriptions without notice.
Our in-person programs are approximately 1.5 to 2 hours and our virtual programs are 1 hour long. All in-person programs include a craft activity and snack.
Time Travelers: Kindergarten –2nd Grade
What was it like to live in America 200 years ago? In this program specially designed for our youngest museum visitors we invite students to compare and contrast their daily lives with those of American families living during the Federal period. Students will explore history using their five senses. After the program, they can make a special craft! (Not offered virtually)
Capital Quest: 3rd-5th Grade
Students become history detectives on this quest through Washington D.C.’s past. By spying for clues, examining primary sources, and strengthening map skills, students will uncover the rich history of the nation’s capital. Discover why Washington D.C. was chosen as the capital city and explore the lives and ideals of early Americans who shaped the nation.
-The in-person program includes a craft activity and snack.
-In addition to an interactive tour, the virtual program includes a craft activity PDF and quiz for the teacher to use on their own time.
Parthenon to Portico: 3rd- 8th Grade
What does America have in common with Ancient Greece? Students learn how America was influenced by this great civilization by comparing Classical Greek and American ideals of government, art, and architecture. Using elements of Classical Greek architecture and their own imagination, students can design a public structure after the live portion of the program is over (PDF provided for virtual programs, craft portion included for in-person programs).
Changing City: Tobacco, Transportation, and Georgetown: 3rd-5th Grade
Delve into the founding of Washington DC through the port of Georgetown and its undeniable ties to the tobacco industry. Using primary sources, uncover the links between the tobacco trade, money, city growth and enslavement in this urban setting. Learn about the people who lived and worked in Georgetown and depended on trade from the perspective of three historic sites: Tudor Place, Dumbarton House and Georgetown Heritage. (Only offered virtually)
*Farm to Table: 3rd- 8th Grade
Students learn how food travels from the farm to their kitchen table on this interactive tour of the herb garden and historic period rooms. After the tour, the students plant a seed to take home! This program integrates science, social studies, and nutrition to teach students about food production, healthy eating, and reducing our carbon footprint. (Not offered virtually)
*offered in the spring and early fall