Thank you for choosing Connecticut’s Old State House as your education destination.
We offer a variety of ways to support your visit! Thanks to generous support from the U.S. Department of Education, we are offering reduced school program admission of $2 for K-5 students from Connecticut participating in the Connecticut’s Three Branches of Government program (plus $1 for each additional program). Most Connecticut schools are also eligible for up to $100 per bus in reimbursements. For Title I Schools and Priority School Districts, additional bus funding is available. Hartford Public Schools are eligible for free admission. For public schools in Windham County, we are now a participating venue in the Wheels to Learning program — please see the Wheels to Learning website for details.
ACCESSIBILITY: We have a ramp entrance and elevator, as well as accessible restrooms. When reserving your program, please note any accessibility concerns you’d like us to be aware of. We always grant free admission to paraprofessionals, school nurses, and other 1:1 staff!
Guided Tour of Connecticut’s Old State House (4-12+)
Explore the Old State House as a museum educator shares the stories of the historic events that have shaped both state and national history. Students will examine the building’s use throughout its 225-year history and learn about the Amistad trials, Prudence Crandall, and other key stories from its past.
NEW! Civics Superheroes (K-3)
This new program is designed to introduce community and civics concepts to early elementary students.
What does it mean to be a hero? Learn about real heroes throughout our state’s history as you explore CT’s Old State House and discover all the ways you can be a hero for your community!
Connecticut’s Three Branches of Government (3-8)
Step inside this former Connecticut state capitol and take on the roles of Governor, Legislators, Judge and Jury in the historic Courtroom, House and Senate Chambers! This program immerses students in the functions of our state government through roleplay and hands-on activities that demonstrate how each branch works and how we can take an active part in our democracy.
Connecticut History Day: Turning Points in History (6-12)
60 minute tour, 45-60 minute workshop
Want to get your students excited about this year’s National History Day theme of Turning Points in History? This guided exploration of Connecticut’s Old State House will illustrate some of the major turning points in Connecticut’s history and give your students inspiration for their own research topics. This tour may be booked in conjunction with a free on-site CHD student workshop!
Learn more about Connecticut History Day here.
History & Future of Voting Rights (9-12)
Take a journey through time as you explore CT’s Old State House and learn about key points in our state’s voting history. Watch election results change as history progresses through your tour, and consider all the ways that change can be enacted. Students will then participate in a group discussion about what civic participation means to them and the ways that they can take active roles in shaping the future.
NEW! Agency in the Amistad (9-12)
This program is designed to support the SERC Curriculum for the Black & Latino Studies elective!
Take a closer look at the Amistad Affair from the Courtroom where the trial began: Consider the acts of agency by the Amistad Africans and CT residents that shaped this narrative into one of the most significant milestones in the abolitionist movement.
History Is All Around Us (K-12+)
This interactive, multimedia exhibit is about the greater Hartford area and the history that we see all around us. Explore history in the places we live, the everyday objects we use, the things we say, and the actions we can take!
If you can’t bring your students to Connecticut’s Old State House for an in-person program, please inquire about our virtual programs! We offer our Connecticut’s Three Branches of Government, History & Future of Voting Rights, and Agency in the Amistad programs virtually, led by our professional museum educators. Virtual programs are $80 per class, with a maximum of 30 students per class. For Connecticut K-5 classes participating in our virtual Connecticut’s Three Branches program, a discounted rate of $50 per class is available thanks to the support of the U.S. Department of Education. Contact us by emailing OSHschools@cga.ct.gov or calling 860-240-5340.
LUNCH AT OSH:
Got a long bus ride home? Before you go, enjoy your lunch at Connecticut’s Old State House! Indoor lunchroom space is available for just a $25 group fee. Alternatively, you can select to enjoy your lunch outside on the OSH lawn.
Connecticut’s Old State House does not sell food, but the State House Square Food Court is just across the way and serves as a convenient place for visitors to grab a bite! We are also minutes away from local restaurants and fast-food chains.
PRICING: Our admission prices start at just $4 per student. Each additional program is an additional $1 per student. We always grant free admission to teachers, paraprofessionals, school nurses, or other 1:1 staff! Additional chaperones are $5 each. We recommend a student:staff ratio of 10:1
Ask us about transportation funding support for your school by emailing OSHschools@cga.ct.gov or calling 860-240-5340.
Thanks to generous support from the U.S. Department of Education, we are offering reduced school program admission of $2 for K-5 students from Connecticut participating in the Connecticut’s Three Branches of Government program (plus $1 for each additional program). Most Connecticut schools are also eligible for up to $100 per bus in reimbursements. For Title I Schools and Priority School Districts, additional bus funding is available. Funding is limited, please inquire for more information!
Virtual programs are $80 per class, with a maximum of 30 students per class. For Connecticut K-5 classes participating in our virtual Connecticut’s Three Branches program, a discounted rate of $50 per class is available thanks to the support of the U.S. Department of Education.
OTHER HARTFORD ATTRACTIONS: Are you also planning to visit the State Capitol Building, Museum of Connecticut History, Supreme Court, or Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art as part of your visit to Hartford? We can work closely with their staff to coordinate your visit.
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