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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 ext. 223. 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 $9.00 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.

Financial assistance may be available. Visit In completing the application, please list Old Fort Niagara's address as Post Office Box 169, Youngstown, NY 14174


Guided tours and musket demonstrations are available year round.

Beginning May 18 - School tours that feature guided tours and immersive living history learning stations about Native Americans, French, British and American soldiers, military music and more. Expose your students to the early history of the Niagara Region through dynamic guided tours and colorful demonstrations. 

Special Theme Days -- Running 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

May 13 and June 10- A SPY FOR GENERAL WASHINGTON. In this educational role playing exercise, students infiltrate British-held Fort Niagara and learn all they can about the British garrison, Native allies and Loyalists. This program is an engaging way for students to learn about the American Revolution in western New York. 

June 4. The King's Birthday. From 1760 until 1796, the biggest holiday celebrated at Fort Niagara was King George III's birthday. The garrison celebrated with new uniforms and musket and cannon salutes. Special interactive learning stations will help your students understand what life was like when the British controlled Fort Niagara during the era of the American Revolution. They will also learn about King George and his views on North America through pre-visit materials. 

Things you should know before your visit

  • Please notify us of changes in your arrival time, etc. Programs run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 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.


Educational Immersion Programs

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.

General Admission



Children (6 to 12 years) 


Children (5 and under):



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.

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