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Educator's Field Trip Guide
Bringing Your Class to the Fort
First-hand encounters with the past inspire students to learn more about our history, while supporting important in-class learning objectives. Field trips where students see, hear, smell and touch life in another century are great ways to instill a life-long love of history in your students. Field trips include an animated guided tour of our centuries-old fortifications and an audience with a soldier who demonstrates the workings of a flintlock musket.
Hours: The Fort is open year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. School tours are available during these hours.
Reservations: Please make your reservation at least two weeks in advance by calling (716) 745-7611. When you call, please provide the date and time of your proposed visit, group size, grade level, contact information, number of classes and special requests. We will then send you a confirmation.
Rates: School group admission to the Fort is $7.00 per person (unless otherwise listed). One teacher/chaperone per ten students is admitted free. Admission fees are payable the day of your visit. We accept cash, checks and credit cards. To expedite your entrance, please have one person pay for the entire group. Call us at (716) 745-7611 for other payment arrangements
2017 School Programs:
hands-on, interactive education for students
Spring Semester- "There's a Redcoat in my Backyard!" begins May 15.
This program is an interactive look at Niagara's role in the American Revolution. Students tour the Fort, view musket and artillery demonstrations and meet historical interpreters portraying the Fort's garrison during the American Revolution. These include British redcoats, Loyalists, Native Americans, women of the army, musicians and artisans. Curriculum-based pre-visit materials are available here courtesy of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area - https://www.oldfortniagara.org/documents/Redcoat%20Booklet.pdf
Fall Semester - Fridays on the Frontier - October 6, 13, 20, 27.
These special programs explore the American Revolution on the New York frontier. Students meet historical characters from all sides of the conflict including Patriots, Loyalists, British soldiers and Native people. Multiple interactive learning stations allow students to step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the War for Independence. Sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. For more information visit https://www.oldfortniagara.org/event/100098/fridays-on-the-frontier?session_id=100025
2017 Special Theme Days: one-day-only programs featuring specific historic events or time periods.
Wednesday, May 24, War Our Own Way: Native Americans during the American Revolution. This program explores the role of Native Americans at Fort Niagara 1775-1783.
Wednesday, June 7, A Spy for General Washington. Students play the role of Patriot spies who enter British-held Fort Niagara to gather intelligence for George Washington.
Friday, November 3, French Heritage Day, Twenty learning stations about life in New France during the 18th century for middle and high schools students.
Things you should know before your visit
- Please notify us of changes in your arrival time, etc.
- Reserved groups who fail to arrive without notification are billed for tourguide costs.
- Have your class dress for the weather
- Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For those unable to climb stairs, a virtual tour of the Fort is available on a laptop on a first-come, first-served basis.
- School groups may eat a bagged lunch on the premises
- How to find us click here.
Once you are here
- Restrooms are located in the Visitor Center and next to the French Castle inside the Fort
- Our Museum Shop offers a full range of publications and souvenirs
- Please keep your group together and follow the instructions of your docent.
Old Fort Niagara offers a variety of hands-on, overnight and outreach programs that allow students and scout groups to experience the past. Click here to find out more-
Hours of Operation
The Fort is open year round with the exception of New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- Jan - June 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- July - Aug - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Sept - Dec - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Please note: Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing time.
Support the Fort
Old Fort Niagara is operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1927. We do not rely on tax dollars. Instead, the Fort is funded through a combination of admission fees, museum shop sales and charitable contributions.