Tours & Education

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society is committed to developing its historic sites and collections as educational resources. The Society’s original founders pioneered innovative methods of presenting local history to learners of all ages, with an emphasis on hands-on learning. This tradition endures today. The Society offers a range of group tours and educational programs for adults and children including field trips to historic sites, walking tours, lectures, and programs.

Virtual History Programs

During the COVID-19 pandemic the Antiquarian Society pivoted to presenting local history remotely. Click here for links to recordings of our virtual programs. Visit the Events page for details on upcoming programs.

Exploring Plymouth History Summer Program

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding an in-person educational program for young history lovers (ages 8 to 12) in August. This weeklong exploration of the past will include hands-on crafts, games, and other activities. 

When: August 2 – 6, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Harlow Old Fort House (119 Sandwich Street)

Fee: $125 for members, $150 for nonmembers

For more information about registering, email Executive Director Anne Mason or call 508-746-0012.

In 2020 we launched the Plymouth History Explorers Summer Program, a series of take-home activities for families to complete on their own. Click here for more details. Visit a special page with additional activities for kids here.

Hands-On History Programs

Available May through October (limited due to COVID-19 pandemic)

Introduce young history lovers to daily life in Plimoth Colony at the 1677 Harlow House. Groups tour the 17th–century homestead and learn about its early residents, with a focus on William Harlow’s trade as a cooper and the everyday activities of family members. In addition, students visit our Education Building to engage in hands-on crafts and historic activities, including carding, spinning, weaving, and candle dipping.

Program runs approximately 1 ½ hours. We can host up to 50 students on our site at one time. Program can be tailored to fit curriculum goals for school groups or Scouts groups. If requested, program can include walking tour through historic downtown Plymouth. For availability and pricing, call 508-746-0012 or email director@plymouthantiquarian.org.

Walking Tours

Available Year-round (limited due to COVID-19 pandemic)

Even when our historic properties are closed, our expert guides can tailor a walking tour of downtown Plymouth to highlight different themes and historical periods. Contact the PAS Office (508-746-0012; director@plymouthantiquarian.org) to make a reservation for your family or group. Fees will be determined based on length of tour and size of group.