Educational Resources at The Lyceum

The Lyceum offers a variety programs for students, children, and families throughout the year. The programs can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your group.

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Education Programs at The Lyceum for Students, Children, and Families at The Lyceum

Many programs require advance registration and some are scheduled only a few times a year, so be sure to check the Lyceum's  Calendar of Events and contact the Education Coordinator to make your reservation today.

School Programs

To schedule a visit, call the Education Coordinator at 703.746.4994. Please note the following when scheduling a school program:

  • Reservations are required
  • Cost: $2 per student payment due upon arrival with a minimum charge of $20.
  • Alexandria City Public Schools admitted free of charge!
  • Up to 1 adult for every 5 children is admitted free; additional adults $2 each.  All teachers are admitted free of charge.
  • Accessibility: Please notify us of any special needs so we can best accommodate all of your students.  The Lyceum will work closely with visiting teachers to make programs as accessible as possible to all visiting students and can create the best, most inclusive experience if notified in advance.

These programs are designed to enhance student learning and are adaptable to the Virginia and Maryland learning objectives. Your group can combine The Lyceum's programs with those offered by Alexandria's other museums and historic sites by scheduling a multi-site visit.

Hands-on History ProgramGetting a Feel for Long Ago: Hands-on History - Recommended for Grades K-3

What did people wear 200 years ago?  How did people light their homes?  The Lyceum provides the setting for this hands-on history program. Students learn about life in George Washington’s time as they examine reproduction artifacts and images and discuss home and work in early Alexandria.

  • Virginia SOLs: Social Studies: K.1, K.2, K.6-8, 1.1, 1.7, 2.3, 2.7-9; English: K.1-3, 1.1-3, 2.1-3, 3.1, 3.2; Science: K.1, K.2, K.4
  • Program: 1 hour
  • Recommended Group Size: Up to 40 students

Make a Day of It!  Reserve Getting a Feel for Long Ago: Hands-on History along with  Citizen Firefighters in Early Alexandria at  Friendship Firehouse Museum.  Contact the Education Coordinator for more information at 703.746.4994.

Outreach KitInside Old Town: Outreach Kit - Recommended for Grades 4-8

A classroom resource that complements the Walking Tour or can be used on its own.  The kit contains a teacher’s guide with lesson plans, replica objects and primary documents about life in early Alexandria.

  • Virginia SOLs: Social Studies: VS.1-5, USI.1-3; English: 4.1-3, 4.5, 4.6 

Inside Old Town Walking TourInside Old Town: Walking Tour - Recommended for Grades 4-8

What was it like to live in Alexandria 200 years ago?  Students explore the Old Town of the past by playing the roles of early townspeople, and learn about the interdependence of the people that lived and worked in their community.

  • Virginia SOLs: Social Studies: VS.1-4, USI.1-3; English: 4.1-3, 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.7
  • Program: 1 ¾ hours (walking tour)
  • Recommended Group Size: Up to 48 students 

Scavenger Hunt for History - Recommended for Grades 4-8+

Using clue sheets, students explore the exhibition Building a Community: Alexandria Past to Present to find artifacts and images which relate to different themes throughout Alexandria’s history.  Students participate in a docent-lead discussion of historical artifacts and primary and secondary sources.

  • Virginia SOLs: Social Studies: VS.1-4, USI.1-3; English: 4.1-3, 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 7.5-7, 8.2, 8.6
  • Program: 1 hour
  • Recommended Group Size: Up to 30 students

Homeschool Programs

Homeschool families and groups are welcome to schedule a school program or our outreach kit (minimum payments and reservation requirements still apply) or enjoy a self-guided visit to our museum during regular museum hours.

Scout Programs 

Boy and Girl Scout troops are welcome to reserve a school program (minimum payments and reservation requirements still apply) or enjoy a self-guided visit to our museum during regular museum hours.

Our special event  Her Story: Women in Action for Brownie Girl Scouts occurs annually in March,  There are volunteer opportunities for  Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scout volunteers to help with special events during the year. 

Click here for more information about Scout programs. 

Summer Camp 

Clio’s Kids: A History Fun Camp

Clio's Kids, for children ages 5 - 7, introduces American History and life in historic Alexandria through artifacts, storytelling, singing and crafts, "old-fashioned" games, and visits to nearby historic places. Campers should come prepared for outside activities each day, including sturdy walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.  
Advance registration is required.   Click here to learn more about summer camp and download an application