Primary, secondary and college school groups are always welcome to visit the Old North Church & Historic Site! To reserve a visit for your school group, please click on the “Reserve Your School Group” button below. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Visitor Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-523-6676 ext. 109.
The Old North Church & Historic Site currently offers a variety of ways to engage your students beyond the typical church visit! Please click on the options below to read more about our school programs. Check out our Guidelines page for logistical information.
Grades 5 and up:
Behind The Scenes Guided Tours for School Groups
Grades 9 and up:
Sacred Seats: Social Implications of Colonial Church Seating (grades 9-12)
Anglican Art & Architecture Tours (grades 9 – college)
Please note: If you are interested in any of the above programs or if you’d like to create a tailored experience for your class, please contact our Director of Education at 617-858-8231 ext. 106.
Before Your Visit
In advance of your visit to Old North, the following classroom lessons can be used to help prepare your students for what they will see and learn. We strongly encourage you to complete at least one of these lessons before your visit. Check out our downloadable classroom lessons.
Guidelines & Logistics
If you would like to schedule a program for your school, you must make a reservation. In fairness to all our visitors, we ask you to schedule your program at least one month in advance. You do not have a reservation until we have confirmed arrangements and you have received an email confirmation. If your school group is simply visiting the church without doing a program, you do NOT need to make a reservation. Please contact Old North Tours & Reservations by emailing email@example.com. Please include the name of your school and school address, number of students and chaperones, and your preferred dates and times. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note we are especially busy with school groups April – June.
Please view our classroom lessons before your visit. We highly recommend integrating one of them into your American Revolution curriculum before your class’s arrival to our site, particularly for grades 3-6.
Times and Days
School programs are scheduled Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Spring is our busiest season, so we recommend making reservations several months ahead for dates in April, May, or June or if you would like a particular day and time. Your group is required to arrive 10 minutes before your program start time.
Costs vary with the length of the program and are listed underneath the individual program descriptions. A minimum fee of $50 per program is required.
Payment for your program is due one month prior to your visit. Information on how and where to send payment will be included with your invoice.
Group Size Limits
In order to ensure that every student receives a meaningful experience, we highly recommend that group sizes are limited according to the specifications per program.
We require 1 adult chaperone for every 8 students. Chaperones can be other teachers or parents and caregivers of students.
We do not have indoor lunch space. However, there are many public parks where you may picnic outside within short walking distance of the Old North. We kindly ask that you do not plan to eat lunch on the Old North campus as our space is limited.
A written confirmation will be e-mailed prior to your scheduled program. It will include instructions for program payment, bus drop-off information, and pre-visit classroom lesson plans.
If you must cancel a tour or program, please contact us at least one week in advance. Refunds cannot be made for cancellations after that time. Programs canceled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled for a later date, if possible.