New Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington's Tent special exhibit now open. Info & Tickets

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Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

About the Museum's Travel Program

Travel with Museum experts and fellow supporters at the leadership level to see the sights where the Revolutionary generation witnessed and sparked America’s experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government, and discover the relevance of these historic people and places today. 

Collections Society members on a trip to Trappe Pennsylvania.

Participants will enjoy guided excursions and themed tours with behind-the-scenes access to historic sites, battlefields, special collections and more, with opportunities to engage with featured guests at each destination along the way! Explore the compelling stories of the American Revolution in the scenes and settings that Revolutionaries knew best. Exclusive experiences are personalized for each travel program, curated by Museum staff to include time to enjoy thought-provoking conversation and local hospitality. These small group travel tours are appropriate for adult learners of all ages and backgrounds.   

Participants must have an active Revolution Society or George Washington Council membership at the $2,500 level or higher to be eligible to register for each trip. A detailed itinerary will be provided to those registered to attend closer to the date of travel. 

Join the Revolution Society or George Washington Council

For more information about membership or the Museum’s travel program, please contact Leadership Giving Manager Jane Hayden at [email protected] or 267.579.3364.

Upcoming Trip: At Home with Washington

Join an overnight trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia from Friday, May 3 to Saturday, May 4, 2024.


The East Front Of Mount Vernon By Edward Savage courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, Bequest of Helen W Thompson
The East Front of Mount Vernon by Edward Savage (American, 1761 - 1817), c. 1787-1792, oil on canvas, H-2445/A, Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, Bequest of Helen W. Thompson.

Experience Mount Vernon as never before with access to experts on American history, art, historic preservation, archaeology, whiskey, and more! Preserved and maintained by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association since 1858, see this estate’s remarkable collections that connect with the Museum’s new exhibition Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington’s Tent and visit Mount Vernon through the eyes of the Marquis de Lafayette’s return to Washington’s home 200 years ago.

Join Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, Museum President and CEO, for behind-the-scenes guided experiences of George Washington’s Mount Vernon with a one-night stay in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, featuring Mount Vernon experts in conversation with Museum staff. Embark on a Potomac River luncheon cruise to arrive for an exclusive Friday evening tour of the Mansion before dinner at The Mount Vernon Inn. On Saturday, step inside The First Oval Office Project, the Museum’s replica of Washington’s wartime home, while it sets up camp at Mount Vernon’s annual Revolutionary War Weekend. Our visit will conclude with behind-the-scenes tours of special collections and conversation at The George Washington Presidential Library.

All participants are responsible for independent arrivals to The Alexandrian Old Town Alexandria hotel, which includes overnight parking, and walk to the City of Alexandria Marina on Friday, May 3 (12:30 p.m.) to begin a one-day group itinerary that will conclude at Mount Vernon on Saturday, May 4 (approximately 2:30 p.m.). A detailed itinerary will be provided to registrants. 

"At Home with Washington" Trip Highlights

A full, detailed itinerary will be provided to those registered to attend closer to the date of travel. 

The Mount Vernon estate with green lawn in front and beige mansion with red roof and Potomac River in the background.
Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association 

Friday, May 3

• Meet in Alexandria, Virginia, for one-night stay at The Alexandrian, Old Town Alexandria.
• Luncheon aboard a chartered Potomac River cruise (approximately two hours) and a presentation on the scenic route’s economic and environmental history. Cruise vessel includes indoor seating, roof-deck access, and restrooms but is not wheelchair accessible. Please notify Museum staff with any concerns or requests for alternate transportation options to Mount Vernon
• Arrive by boat to the Wharf at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and experience the same waterfront views preserved by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association since the 1850s.
• Guided walk to the Tomb, private Mansion tour, and reception featuring whiskey distilled at Mount Vernon
• Special welcome dinner hosted by President and CEO Scott Stephenson at the Mount Vernon Inn with featured experts and guests from Mount Vernon
• Return to The Alexandrian by charter bus (approximately 25 minutes)

A costumed historical interpreter speaks with three guests in front of the Museum's replica of George Washington's tent on the lawn at Mount Vernon with the mansion in the background.
Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association 

Saturday, May 4

• Explore The First Oval Office Project at Mount Vernon’s most popular annual living history weekend. Choose to arrive early to help Museum educators pitch our replica of Washington’s headquarters tent!
• Behind-the-scenes tour of collections storage and the new exhibition, Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon, with Adam T. Erby, Martha Washington Chief Curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
• Buffet-style lunch at the Library to meet staff from The George Washington Presidential Library, which is celebrating 10 years of scholarship and leadership programs, before accepting their invitation to tour special collections and a glimpse at Washington’s personal library, maps, and more!
• Participants have the option to extend their stay and experience Mount Vernon’s full programs for Revolutionary War Weekend through Sunday, May 5.

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Revolution Society & George Washington Council

Contributions from modern patriots enable the Museum to care for our collection and offer educational programs to engage every generation.
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First Oval Office Project

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The Museum's replica George Washington headquarters tents set up on Mount Vernon's lawn with the mansion in the background.
 

Mount Vernon's Revolutionary War Weekend

Step back in time at Mount Vernon's Revolutionary War Weekend on May 4-5, 2024, as their serene 12-acre field transforms into a battleground where you can witness miliatry drills, greet General Washington and other Revolutionaries, meet camp followers, and walk through our First Oval Office Project tents.

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