Education

Victoria Mansion offers an active roster of educational programs for both students and adults. Because we believe the Mansion itself is our most important resource for studying life in the nineteenth century, educational programs are offered on site whenever possible and include a tour of the museum.

School Tours and Programs:

Students in pre-K, K-12, college, and graduate school visit the museum each year. Victoria Mansion’s staff enthusiastically assist individual teachers to provide tours and programs that incorporate classroom-specific curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to schedule a free visit prior to bringing students. School programs for students at Victoria Mansion are planned with Maine’s Common Core Standards in mind but we also strive to meet the needs of individual classes to ensure that each visit is just what the teacher is looking for. Please contact Director of Education Stacia Hanscom at 207-772-4841 ext. 104 or shanscom@victoriamansion.org for further information.

A Century of Change:

A Century of Change: Victorian Portland is Victoria Mansion’s interdisciplinary education program that brings a Mansion educator to the classroom before students visit the museum. There are eight lessons to choose from, and each one can be customized for a particular class and grade-level. For more information, click here to view the program brochure. We are always expanding our offerings, so be sure to ask about additional program and lesson options that may not appear in the brochure.

If there’s a topic you’d like us to cover with your class and you don’t see an appropriate lesson, let us know. We are always working to expand our educational offerings to cover more subjects and to appeal to a wider age range. We are happy to work with you to design a new lesson.

Education Events:

Victoria Mansion proudly offers a wide range of educational activities for both children and adults including:

Chilling Celtic Tales- Aimed at our younger audience, storytellers visit the Mansion and tell tales similar to what the Irish servants in the Mansion would have told during Halloween or the Celtic holiday of Samhain.

Victorian Murder & Mayhem – Recommended for adult visitors, this program partners with Portland Ballet, regional authors, and storytellers to explore the sensationalism of murder in the Victorian period. Visitors hear of true macabre tales, then get a chance to visit the rarely-seen Victoria Mansion basement while hearing fictional stories of 19th century New England murder.

Stories on the Staircase – A pre-school story hour offered every Wednesday during the Christmas season at 9 am, this program promotes literacy for early learners in a small group setting.

Night of the Nutcracker with Portland Ballet – Members of Portland Ballet dance scenes from the Victorian Nutcracker (the scenery and characters of which are based on the Mansion’s decor and residents) in the stair hall.

Tea Tasting Event- Held on the lawn in the summer, Victoria Mansion brings together tea purveyors from around the region to explore the history and traditions of tea consumption, as well as new trends and uses.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of these events, please contact Stacia Hanscom at 207-772-4841 ext. 104 or shanscom@victorimansion.org

Adult Education:

The Mansion sponsors public lectures, specialized theme tours, reading and discussion groups, exhibits, and scholarly symposia on a variety of topics related to the museum or the nineteenth century. While these are designed with an adult audience in mind, they are appropriate for children unless otherwise noted. For more information on upcoming programs, please visit the events section of this website or contact the Director of Education at shanscom@victoriamansion.org.

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