John Brown House Museum
School tours are available by reservation Tuesday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
We recommend scheduling your program at least four weeks in advance to secure preferred times. Free rates are available only to groups who schedule tours in advance.
Since our staff works very hard to make each tour meaningful for each group, and time slots are limited to one group at a time, we ask for any cancellation to be made at least three business days before a scheduled tour. In the event of a late cancellation, groups may be charged a late fee of $25.
The maximum number of students per program is 35, though if you plan to add a walking tour, we may be able to accommodate up to 70 students in 1 day. Larger classes or groups will need to come over a few days and are subject to staff/volunteer availability. Contact us to work on a scheduling plan for your group. Lunch may be eaten on the lawn if scheduled ahead of time. In case of rain, lunch must be eaten on the bus.
For groups including participants under age 18, we require one chaperone for every ten students. Due to fire code capacity, extra chaperones may have to wait outside the building.
Accessibility and Accommodations
Please call for accommodations for participants in wheelchairs or walkers. Please inform us of any needs your group may have. We are committed to having our programs accessible to all.
Museum of Work & Culture
Group tours are available during our regular hours of operation (Tuesday-Friday 9:30am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm). We also offer sensory sensitive tours on Mondays for groups who would like to ensure the Museum will have no other visitors present during their time at the Museum.
We recommend scheduling your tour at least three weeks in advance to secure preferred times. Free rates are available only to educational groups who schedule tours in advance.
We do require a $25 deposit per date for tour bookings. Should your group arrive for your scheduled tour this deposit will be refunded to you or applied to any balance you may have for requested tour add-ons. If you cancel your tour with less than 2 weeks notice your deposit is transferable, but not refundable. If you do not arrive for your tour your deposit is neither transferable, nor refundable.
The maximum number of students per program is 50, though if you plan to add a walking tour, lunch or additional add-ons, we may be able to accommodate up to 75 students in 1 day. Larger classes or groups will need to visit over additional days. Contact us to work on a scheduling plan for your group.
For groups including participants under age 18, we require one chaperone for every ten students.
Accessibility and Accommodations
The Museum offers a number of tools and accommodations in order to ensure access for all visitors. More information about these offerings can be found here. Please inform us of any needs your group may have so we can provide the best possible experience.
Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center
Orientations held at the RRC have a limit of 15 students, though we can accommodate larger groups by booking two separate sessions (either back to back or on different days). We require faculty, teachers, and/or chaperones to stay with the group at all times.
RRC orientations can be scheduled Mondays and Tuesdays, between 9:30am and 4pm. RIHS librarians can visit classrooms Monday through Friday, between 9am and 4pm. Plan a same-day visit to our John Brown House Museum. See above for JBHM program options.