School Groups

We welcome students to engage with Hillwood through a variety of virtual and in-person offerings!

  • Schedule a live, interactive virtual field trip for your class.
  • Plan a guided or self-guided in-person group visit to Hillwood.
  • Explore Hillwood from home with coloring pages, art projects, games, and a variety of digital resources.
  • Check our calendar for information about live, virtual programs.
     

Virtual Field Trips

Hillwood’s virtual field trips bring our dynamic programs directly to your students through live video chat, led by trained museum educators. 

  • $75 per program
  • Free for DCPS, D.C. public charter schools, and Title 1 schools
  • Group size: minimum 5, maximum 35
  • Dates and times: daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., subject to availability
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Technical details: presented live, via Zoom. You will receive a link to join the program after you register. If your school cannot use Zoom please contact us to discuss alternatives.

For more information, or to schedule a virtual field trip for your class, email grouptours@hillwoodmuseum.org or call 202.243.3914.

Please submit field trip requests at least 4 weeks in advance.

Animal Art Safari (preschool-2nd grade)

Lions and dragons and birds—oh my! In this virtual program, students search for animals, real and imaginary, as they explore Hillwood’s art through playful looking activities, led by a museum educator via live video chat. Students will create their own drawings inspired by the art and will cultivate their observational and perceptual skills as they practice detecting and identifying animals depicted on art from different countries and time periods.

Treasure Quest (2nd-8th grade)

Students embark on an exploration of glittering treasures and magnificent art displayed at Hillwood in this virtual program, led by a museum educator via live video chat. Through active participation in playful games, sketching, and open-ended discussion, students enrich their understanding of art, as they cultivate their observational and perceptual skills while examining portraits and other art from Hillwood’s collection.

*NEW! Movement Makers: Sculptures Come to Life through Dance (preschool-2nd grade)

This live, virtual program gets students up and moving through active participation in playful games, as they respond to life-sized wire sculptures of dancing figures, by African American artist Kristine Mays. Led by teaching artist Krystal Collins, via live video chat, students will explore dance as a form of expression, while practicing skills such as forming shapes with their bodies, posing in a tableau to tell a story, and using dance to communicate feelings and ideas.

*NEW! Story in Motion: Sculptures Come to Life through Dance (3rd-5th grade)

This live, virtual program gets students up and moving through active participation in playful games, as they respond to life-sized wire sculptures of dancing figures, by African American artist Kristine Mays. Led by teaching artist Krystal Collins, via live video chat, students will use their imaginations to tell a story through movement, while practicing skills such as using visual cues to respond with a short dance phrase.

*PLEASE NOTE: the Movement Makers and Story in Motion virtual field trips are available for the fall term (October-December) 2021, only.

In-Person Field Trips

At Hillwood, students engage in authentic encounters with art, history, gardens, and culture in a unique and intimate setting.

  • Self-guided and guided options available
  • Pricing:
    • $2 Student (self-guided)
    • $3 Student (guided tour)
    • $4 Student (guided tour + art workshop)
    • Free for teachers and chaperones
    • Free for DCPS, DC public charter schools, and Title 1 schools
  • Group size: 25 maximum (including students and adults) for guided programs
  • See our visitor guidelines for information about how we are following the latest local and national guidance related to COVID-19.

For more information, or to schedule an in-person field trip for your student group, email grouptours@hillwoodmuseum.org or call 202.243.3914.

Please submit field trip requests at least 4 weeks in advance.
 

Guided Programs

Preschool-Kindergarten
(Program length: one hour, including guided tour and art project)

Royal Adventure
Enter the glamorous world of royalty and hunt for hidden gems, gold, and magnificent treasures that glitter and sparkle. Then make your own sparking treasure box to take home.

Gardens Alive: Colors in the Garden
Discover the vibrant and beautiful colors blooming in Hillwood’s gardens. Listen to a story, play a color matching game, and explore the gardens with your senses as you go on a ‘color walk’ to discover the sights, sounds, and scents in the gardens. Afterwards, create a colorful flower picture to take home.

Grades K-8
(Program length: 90 minutes, including guided tour and art project)
 
Treasures of the Tsars
Explore the collection of Russian imperial art in the mansion. Study a magnificent portrait of Catherine the Great, the lavish painting A Boyar Wedding Feast, and see objects that belonged to the tsars and tsarinas of Russia, including the intricate creations of imperial Russia’s legendary jeweler, Peter Carl Fabergé. Afterwards, create your own Fabergé-inspired treasure: a 'jeweled' box.
 
Japanese-style Garden Journeys
Discover the beauty and tranquility of the Japanese-style garden. Explore influences of Japanese culture, art, and symbolism in the garden, read and write traditional Japanese haiku poetry, and decorate a paper lantern to take home.
 
Passport to France
Travel to France without leaving D.C.! Examine the detail and artistry in the fine porcelain dishes and furniture from 1700s France in the mansion. Then, inspired by the art you’ve seen, create a French treasure of your own.
 
Grades 7-12
(Program length: one hour guided tour)
 
World History: Passport to Russia and France
Consider how people communicate information about themselves through art. Through open-ended discussion, students cultivate their observational and perceptual skills, as they analyze art from 1700s France and 1800s Russia, and think critically about the messages of wealth and power the owners and makers of these objects conveyed through their design, use, and display.
 
Hillwood Highlights
Explore the lifestyle of the grand American estate tradition, evaluate the role wealth, power, and philanthropy play in constructing American identity, and consider the lasting impact Marjorie Post had through her life and actions.
 
Garden Exploration
Embark on a tour of the highlights of Hillwood's spectacular gardens, exploring the magnificent flowers growing in the 'working gardens' of the cutting garden and greenhouse, as well as the enchanting settings created by the landscaped Japanese-style garden and French parterre.
 

Self-Guided Visits

  • Group size: minimum 10
  • Dates and times: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

There are a variety of ways for your student group to enjoy Hillwood at your own pace.

Plan Your Visit

Getting to Us: Directions, transportation and parking information.

Visit Guidelines: Help us protect the art and gardens so everyone can enjoy them.  Please review these hints and tips before bringing your group to Hillwood and see our visitor guidelines for information about how we are following the latest local and national guidance related to COVID-19.

Special Needs: Inform us of any special needs when you schedule your visit.  Please review Hillwood's accessibility services.

Dining:  
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Merriweather Café: Purchase meals from the full service group dining menu or from the on the go group dining menu.  Contact grouptours@hillwoodmuseum.org or call 202.243.3914 to make arrangements.
•    Picnicking: Bring picnic blankets and a bag lunch or snack to enjoy on the lawn in a designated picnic area. See our picnic map and guidelines for more information.

Museum Shop: Enjoy the shop's selection of toys, games, children's books, and jewelry.