School Program Options

Plan a visit

Group Requirements To Schedule A Program

Group size: 20 student minimum; not counting underaged siblings or chaperones

Groups over 25 students will be broken into subgroups, which will rotate through scheduled sites.

Due to space constraints and staffing, the number of students allowed at each site at one time will be limited.

Groups of less than 20 students are welcome to visit the facilities on their own, depending on availability, but will not receive a guided program. Public admission fees will apply.

Points To Consider When Planning Your Trip

Programs are offered at three sites within the Park: Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall, and Barrington Plantation. Students may participate in one program at each site, if time permits.

Star of the Republic Museum, Barrington Plantation, and Independence Hall are available for scheduled programs 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday-Friday. Independence Hall and Star of the Republic Museum tours are also available Monday & Tuesday.

Teachers and chaperones may be responsible for supervising students during some of the programs.

Time in the Gift Shop can be included in the schedule, however only students who are prepared to shop will be admitted with an adult. A limited number of children will be allowed in the Gift Shop at one time.

No food or drinks are allowed inside the Museum, Visitor's Center, Independence Hall, or Barrington Plantation. Backpacks and lunches should be left on the bus. Please help us preserve and protect the integrity of this historic site!

During the summer, tour activities may be modified, and some may be self-guided.

Tours at Barrington Plantation are outside. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. 

Please note: For visitor and staff safety, whenever inclement weather (thunder and lightning) is present, Barrington Plantation and Independence Hall will close and remain closed for 30 minutes after the last episode of thunder or lightning. Alternate activities will be planned. 

Student Program Fees

For groups meeting the above requirements, the student fee is $2.00 for a 1-site tour; $4.00 for a 2-site tour and $5.00 for a 3-site tour.

There is no admission fee to the Visitor Center/Gift Shop or the Townsite Trail. Minimum group fee for students for one site is: $40.

Teachers (up to one per 10 students) and bus drivers (one per bus) FREE.

Chaperones: Adult chaperones will be charged the public fee of $8. Fees should be paid at the Visitor's Center and proof of payment will be required at each site.

Please remember that chaperones are expected to assist with supervision of the students. Any adult who interferes with the student program may be asked to leave. Please turn off cell phones!

School Programs Options

#1: Adventures in the Republic

Star of the Republic Museum
1 hour, 20-50 students
PreK-8th Grade
Fee: $2.00 per student 
The age-appropriate historical adventure includes a tour on the first floor with a scavenger hunt or a guided explanation of the chronology of early Texas history, and a guided tour on the second floor. Students have the opportunity to view many original artifacts and primary sources from the Republic period of Texas history.

#2: Courage, Convention, and Constitution: The Birth of Texas 

Independence Hall
1 hour, 20-50 students
4rd-8th Grade
Fee: $2.00 per student
This program helps school age children discover the role of Washington and the Convention of 1836 in the birth of Texas by use of both a story and question/answer format. It includes a visit to the replica of Independence Hall and the opportunity to sign a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

#3: Walking in the Footsteps of History 

Independence Hall
1 hour, 20-50 students
PreK-3rd grade
Fee: $2.00 per student 
Join us for a walk down Ferry Street in Old Washington to learn more about the sights and sounds of this historic town in the 1840s and 1850s. Program will be adapted for appropriate age group.

#4: A Call to Arms! 

Independence Hall
1 hour, 20-50 students
4th-8th grade
Fee: $2.00 per student 
This program explores the Texian citizen soldier through primary documents and role play.  The students assume the role of citizens of the town of Washington that joined the Texas army in 1836.

#5: Barrington Plantation: Experience a Day in the Life

Barrington Plantation (Wednesday-Friday)
1.5–2 hours, depending on student age and time restraints
Fee: $2.00 per student 
Experience seasonal chores, activities, and hands-on games and toys of the 1850's. Tour the plantation and house of Dr. Jones the last president of Texas. Activities are age-appropriate and weather dependent.

#6: Townsite Trail Time

Washington Townsite
30 minutes, any number of students
Any grade level
Fee: no charge
What did the town of Washington look like in the 1840’s? What happened to it since then? This self-guided tour option adds another dimension to a visit to Washington-on-the-Brazos. Download our Texas 1836 app for iPhone before your arrival for an enhanced experience!

#7: Native Americans in Texas Program (November only)

Star of the Republic Museum
45 minutes
Pre-K through 2nd Grade
Fee: $2.00 per student
During the month of November, the Star of the Republic Museum offers an expanded, interactive Native American Program. The program is offered for a minimum of 20 students.


School tour requests must be made at least 2 weeks prior to your visit.

The size of your group and your choice of program may affect availability.

It is important for you to be on time for your scheduled program! Consider travel time to Washington-on-the-Brazos. Please allow time for bathroom breaks, paying admission fees, and checking in at each site prior to the scheduled program time. Large school groups visiting multiple sites at the same time should have all students at their assigned site at the scheduled time. Late arriving groups will be kept on assigned schedule, thus forfeiting a portion of their program. 

Scheduled time may include allowances for travel from site to site.

Picnic area is available for lunch (free of charge) or pavilions may be reserved at a reduced rate for schools.

Certain time slots fill very quickly, so you are encouraged to make reservations as early as possible.

Please note that if you have not received an email from us, you do NOT have a reservation!

Call 936-878-2461, ext.238 or email to ask questions.

Before requesting a tour, you must know the following information:

  • Teacher/contact person name, name and mailing address for school, phone and fax number and e-mail address
  • Best time to reach teacher during the day
  • Number of students and grade level
  • Desired programs
  • Requested dates and time-- be prepared with 2-3 alternate dates and times, in case your first choice is not available.

To make a field trip reservation, simply submit a Tour Request Form online. Once it has been submitted, the museum will contact the teacher to finalize and confirm the request. If you do not get a response, check your trash folder or "junk mail" folder to be sure it did not get filtered as "junk." BE SURE YOUR SCHOOL ALLOWS YOU TO RECEIVE EMAILS FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES. If not, you may want to use your personal email address. 

NOTE: Tour booking for the 2022-2023 school year opens August 8, 2022. Requests submitted prior to that date will NOT be accepted. 

Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, to the best of our ability. Telephone requests before that date will not be considered. Please understand that many schools submit requests during this period to secure desired dates. Leaving a voice-mail message does not guarantee date availability.

Once Your School Tour Is Booked

You will receive a pre-confirmation email informing you that your school group has been placed on the calendar.

Three to four weeks before your visit, you will receive another email which will contain a CONFIRMATION CONTRACT to sign and return, confirming your tour date. Failure to return it may jeopardize your reservation. Once we recieve your signed contract, we will send you a schedule and tour information.

You may download our TEACHER PACKET with information to facilitate your visit—including maps, brochures, and points to remember. Please share the information, including the schedule, with ALL teachers, chaperones and bus drivers who will be participating in the field trip! NO PACKETS WILL BE SENT IN THE U. S. MAIL!

NOTE: times when you receive materials may vary based on how far in advance tours are reserved.

As of August 1, 2018 payment (check or credit card--Visa, MasterCard, Discover) is required one week in advance with one payment used for entire group, including students ,and additional teachers. Please be aware that there are NO REFUNDS and any additional students will be charged the day of the tour.