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. Visit a special page with activities for kids here.

Burial Hill Series: History in Progress

Explore one of Plymouth’s greatest historic treasures during a series of free themed discovery tours. Encounter art, history, and culture in an open-air museum with local historians who share their expertise on a fascinating range of topics. All one-hour tours are FREE and open to the public. Launched independently in 2011 by the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, the Burial Hill series is now a collaborative program with the Pilgrim Society & Pilgrim Hall Museum. Due to public health concerns during the coronavirus pandemic, please be advised that the Burial Hill tours have been postponed until further notice; virtual alternatives are being developed. 
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Exploring Plymouth History Summer Program

Monday-Thursday, July 27 – 30, 2020

Children aged 8-11 are invited to participate in this week-long program and join the Junior Antiquarian Society. Explore the local past through house tours, special presentations, crafts, and games.
Email director@plymouthantiquarian.org for more details or to register.

Hands-On History Programs

Available May through October

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 

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.