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 the Director of Education at 207-772-4841 ext. 104 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.
Victoria Mansion proudly offers a wide range of educational activities for both children and adults including:
Biennial Victorian Fair – This hands-on event brings together artists and artisans to demonstrate traditional Victorian technologies and entertainments. Past demonstrations have included Civil War reenactors, a phrenologist, blacksmithing, calligraphy, and more!
Mourning in the Mansion – Recommended for visitors 12 and up, this tour, held each October, this tour focusing on Victorian mourning practices ranging from how to dress to how to eat, as well as funerals held in the Mansion.
Stories on the Staircase – A pre-school story hour offered every Saturday during the Christmas season, 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.
Monthly theme tours – Each month of the regular season a specialty tour is offered that goes deeper into nineteenth century history than is possible in a standard public tour. Topics have included servant life, Mansion technologies, symbolism, and etiquette.
If you are interested in sponsoring any of these events, please contact the Director of 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.