Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses offers specialty tours that engage students and teachers, making learning history a fully immersive experience. Our philosophy is simple: immersing students in a setting that realistically reflects life during a specific time period is an effective way for them to gain historical clarity. We bring local history to life.

Slavery in the South

Our museums’ custom, hands-on living history programs cover important topics, including slavery in our region and throughout the South. We conduct thorough research and present real stories with sensitivity.

In our multi-visit program, students and teachers participate in an interactive living history experience. With full support and guidance from our education staff, school groups use tools including creative writing, costume-making, art, acting, and history to bring to life the people and stories that shaped New Orleans. Students have the opportunity to develop and script an entire tour, in the process exploring the lives of residents from the past and gaining a greater appreciation for the diversity of our region.

This hands-on, in-depth approach engages participants at a personal level as well. Students conduct research both in and out of the classroom. The lessons learned through our specialty tours last a lifetime.

Archaeology and Architecture Tours

At the Gallier House, students also have the opportunity to learn what it’s like to be an archaeologist. In this signature program, we provide space for them to dig and discover. Designed by our staff members, the program reinforces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. This hands-on specialty tour includes an instructional component followed by digging in our courtyard. Students handle tools traditionally used by archaeologists to excavate and document their findings.

In the process, they learn about different types of architecture important to our region. By working together, they learn what it takes to build a museum and interpret historical discoveries.

Flexible Educational Programs

We work with schools and teachers to ensure that our museum programs align with what students are studying. Our goal is to enable use of our facilities to reinforce what students are learning in class. We build flexibility into our museum specialty tours, working closely with educators to customize these exciting and immersive experiences.

Teacher, our unique facilities are for the enjoyment and maximum benefit of your students. Bring your ideas to our educational staff and use our museums to complement the lessons you’re covering.

To plan a specialty tour for your students, please contact our Education Team at 504-274-0751 or education@hgghh.org. Also, our teacher resources can provide you with other helpful logistical information for your visit with us. We look forward to hosting your class!

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