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School Group Tours

These tours are designed for school or adult groups and are available year-round. The cost is $70 per group, with a maximum of 30 participants in each class. In order to ensure program availability it is suggested you reserve your tour at least 30 days in advance. We are able to accommodate more than one group at a time. Bookings are made by calling Mark Summers at 757-229-4997 ext. 111, or by e-mail at msummers@preservationvirginia.org.
Archaeology in Action - Join your guide on a tour of the original fort site and learn the story behind the nearly two million artifacts found by the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological team. This program includes admission to both the original site of James Fort and the Archaearium. Suggested for grades 3-5
Finds & Forensics - Forensic science is providing a wealth of information about the settlers at Jamestown. Learn about the multidisciplinary research approach that is leading to new discoveries at America's birthplace. This program includes admission to both the original site of James Fort and the Archaearium. Suggested for MS/HS
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Archaearium Tours
Archaearium tours are included in all pre-booked Preservation Virginia guided school group tours. All school groups (high school and below) wishing to tour the Archaearium without a pre-booked guided tour must reserve time in the museum by contacting Mark Summers at 757-229-4997 ext. 111, or by e-mail at msummers@preservationvirginia.org. The reserved-time fee is $30 per group with a maximum of 30 students. Date and time availability apply.

Certain restrictions apply for school groups without a pre-booked guided tour.
In order to provide the best learning opportunity for your students and to provide the best possible experience for all visitors to Historic Jamestowne, please observe the following regulations for visiting the Voorhees Archaearium:

  • All students must remain at the foot of the access ramp until the group leader makes arrangements with the museum monitor for entering the facility.
  • Students must be divided into groups of 30, accompanied by one adult for each 10 students. Each group received a laminated gallery guide to assist in touring. Students under high school age must stay together as a group while touring the museum. The gallery guide must be returned at the end of the visit.
  • One group of 30 students will be admitted to the Voorhees Archaearium at one time. As one group leaves, another may enter. Allow approximately 20 minutes per 30-student group to tour the building.

Thank you for your cooperation in making everyone's visit to the Voorhees Archaearium pleasant and interesting.

Adult Group Tours

At Historic Jamestowne we offer a guided walking tour for adult groups. The program uses the research database of the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeology project as the basis for the information presented. You will enjoy learning about the history of Jamestown as revealed through archaeology. Seasonally and weather permitting, you will share the moment of discovery with archaeologists at work. Groups must have a minimum of 10 participants to reserve this program. 30 days notice required.
The fee is $70 per program. One program can accommodate up to 30 people. Larger groups must book more than one program. These programs can run concurrently.
To Book a Program:
  • Determine the day and time you would like to visit Historic Jamestowne.
  • Determine the number of people in your group.
  • Contact Historic Jamestowne to see if your preferred time is available. Programs must be reserved a minimum of 30 days in advance.

  • Telephone: 757-229-4997, ext. 111
    E-mail: msummers@preservationvirginia.org

  • You will receive an invoice reviewing your reservation and program fee.
  • Confirm your reservation by making your check made payable to:
  • Preservation Virginia -- Program Fee
    Historic Jamestowne
    1365 Colonial Parkway
    Jamestown, VA 23081

  • Or pay online with a Visa or MasterCard here.
Payment must be received no less than two weeks in advance of your reservation to confirm the program.

When You Arrive
Please plan to arrive at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center 15 minutes prior to your reserved program time. This gives your group time for a short restroom break, if necessary, without diminishing the time allotted for your program. Your group will be met in the bus parking lot, or at the end of the footbridge near the parking lot if arriving by car. NOTE: If your group is more than 15 minutes late, your program may have to be cancelled.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be made at least ten days prior to your reservation in order to apply the program fee to a future program. Severe weather such as ice, snow or hurricanes or other national or local emergencies may allow a group to qualify for credit toward a future program. Generally, this program must be scheduled within six months of the cancelled program

Jamestown Rediscovery Tours

Bill Kelso with artifacts
In the Trenches

In the Trenches Tours are conducted at 10:00 am on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, April through October.

Join a small inside and up-close group tour of the Lost 1607 James Fort led by Dr. William Kelso, Director of the Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeological Project since 1994. Your reserved place in this special group allows you to come under the ropes to walk the surface of the ground once trod by Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and Queen Elizabeth II -- now the very soil being dug by Historic Jamestowne archaeologists. You share the once in a lifetime "moment of discovery" as a part of America's birthplace sees the first light of day in over 400 years.

Tour members must purchase a tour ticket online in advance or in the museum store by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the tour.

Tour members must dress according to weather predictions. Reservations and tickets are valid only on the date specified. There will be no refunds unless the tour is cancelled by Preservation Virginia.

Purchase Tickets

Cost: $40, includes a 7-Day Admission Ticket to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.

Bly Straube with artifacts
Curator's Artifact Tour

Curator's Artifact Tours are conducted at 3:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month beginning May 23 through October. Tours start at the Pocahontas statue.

Witness firsthand the recovery and processing of Jamestown Rediscovery artifacts. This 90-minute guided tour traces the trail of the artifacts from discovery to the museum. Your guide will lead you from the Visitor Center to the 1607 James Fort excavations where you can join in the "moment of discovery" as archaeologists unearth items that have not seen the light of day in 400 years. The tour then moves on to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit of the archaeological laboratory and vault for a rare look at the artifact collection, most of which will never go on public display. Here, Senior Archaeological Curator Bly Straube will discuss artifact processing and conservation. Finally, explore the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium museum where galleries of selected artifacts tell the story of Jamestown's early years through archaeology.

Note: Due to limited space and the fragile nature of artifacts in the laboratory, this tour is restricted to 10 people. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Portions of this tour are not handicap-accessible.

Purchase Tickets

Cost: $40, includes a 7-Day Admission Ticket to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.

Dave Givens giving an archaeology tour
Archaeology Walking Tours
April - October at 11 am & 2 pm daily. November-March at 11 am daily
Explore the original site of the 1607 James Fort as archaeologists uncover the remains of this first settlement. This 45-minute tour led by the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeology staff will provide updates on current excavations and the history of the project. In the mid-90s, archaeologists led by Dr. William Kelso unearthed conclusive proof of the remains of James Fort. Digging has continued and more than 2 million artifacts have been excavated from the fort site.
Living History Tours
Daily during the Summer; weekends only in September and October
Join a costumed interpreter portraying one of Jamestown's 17th-century residents and hear of the trials, tribulations, successes and failures during Jamestown's ninety-two years as the social and political center of Virginia. Join such personalities as Rachel Stanton, Joan Peirce, Colonel Thomas Lygon, Ann Laydon and Elizabeth Bacon to travel back in time to when the foundations of who and what we are as a people and a nation were laid.
Park-Guided Tours
Tour times dependent on staffing and weather. Call 757-856-1200 for tour information.
Join a Park Ranger on a 30-40 minute tour of the original Jamestown site. Subjects range from the early days of exploration and settlement to Jamestown as the capital of Virginia to Bacon's Rebellion to Jamestown's decline when the capital was moved to Middle Plantation (Williamsburg) in 1699. For ninety-two years Jamestown was the social and political center of Virginia, the foundation of who and what we are as a people. There are many untold stories yet to tell.
Jamestown Rediscovery Preservation Virginia Colonial Williamsburg National Park Service 757-229-4997
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