K-12 Education

The Hermitage Education Department equips teachers and teaches students about the Jacksonian Era.

Andrew Jackson’s formal education may have paled in comparison to his predecessors in the White House, but that never stopped him from seeking out the best schools for his adopted son and the many wards he fostered. Jackson always pushed his family to excel in their studies.

Today, The Hermitage shares Jackson’s belief in the value of education with a wealth of excellent and challenging educational opportunities for school groups, children on summer break, scouts, teachers, and adults.

For more tour information on our K-12 education programs or to make a reservation for your school or class, contact our education director. Due to schedule demands, education groups must have a minimum of 15 students.

Class Prices

$9/student ($7/student for Title 1 schools, $11/student in Junior Docent Program)

$12/non-title I High School/College students

$16/adult; one free teacher/chaperone per ten students

Free/bus drivers

If you would like to reserve a Hands-On-History program or have questions about an existing reservation, please contact: education@thehermitage.com.

Homeschool Day Schedule

Join us this year for our Homeschool Days! From learning military drills to celebrating the holidays at The Hermitage, our Homeschool Days are full of interactive activities and learning opportunities for the whole family! Below is the full schedule of events and descriptions of each day. For questions, please contact Patrick Martin at pmartin@thehermitage.com or 615-889-2941 ex. 241.

Pricing: Adults $16, Children $9 and Family Pass (1 Adult + 3 Children) $40.

March 22—Ralph E.W. Earl and His Nashville Museum

What makes a museum? Ralph E.W. Earl moved to Nashville to paint portraits of the great hero of the War of 1812 and decided to start a museum while he was here! His museum was a treasure trove of fossils, paintings, and interesting artifacts. Join us as we recreate Ralph E.W. Earl’s Nashville Museum by making portraits, mummies, and laying out their creations in museum fashion—with cases and text labels. Get some hands on experience as a curator, registrar, and interpreter!

For tickets and more information click here.

May 31—Smell, Touch, & Taste Rachel Jackson’s Garden!

Engage your five senses as you explore The Hermitage’s beautiful garden! Learn about the culinary, medicinal, and beautiful uses of plant material in the gardens as you try out recipes, make medicines, do the laundry, and cultivate flowers and vegetables. Explore a garden typical of the enslaved community and learn more about nutrition and culture in their lives.

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Join us this summer for Hermitage Pirate Camp!

Ahoy, Matey! Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is hosting a Pirate Camp this summer and is inviting your student to attend! Enjoy a week-long camp of everything involved in pirate life—from secret identities and codes and navigating waterways to a real-life mock battle, each student will walk away with a grasp of how privateers helped Andrew Jackson and his militia win the Battle of New Orleans in 1812—a critical victory for our young nation’s morale. Each camp lasts from 8 a.m. until noon and includes crafts and projects, as well as snacks. Early drop-off is available.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Pirate Camp
July 8-12, 2019
8 a.m. – noon (with early drop-off at 7 a.m.)
Cost: $125/child (early drop-off is $40 for the whole week and $20 for additional siblings)

For tickets and more information click here.

School Programs

Children Work on a Project at The Hermitage on a Beautiful Day

We offer several ways to experience these classes. Take a class on-site at The Hermitage, via video stream or at your educational institution. See how you can engage our classes solo, with other visitors or pre-arranged for your group.

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Class Descriptions

Students on a Field Trip at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage in Nashville, TN

Explore the Jackson story through one or several of our specific classes to reach deep into American history and forge links between the past and the present.

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Teacher Resources

Various Paintbrushes and Art Supplies at The Hermitage

We invite all teachers and educators to view our Teacher Resources page, complete with pdf guides about several Jacksonian Era topics, field trip opportunities and a complete Teacher’s Guide to The Hermitage.

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