Group Tours

In keeping with our mission, the Society promotes regional history through conventional and unconventional learning opportunities for students of all ages. We offer many exciting exhibits and programs for school-age visitors, which include scavenger hunts, storytelling, crafts and activities. Adult groups may choose to enjoy a Victorian tea or luncheon at any Society location, or a horse-drawn carriage tour of downtown Erie, or a trolley tour visiting more than twenty-five historic sites.

 

Planning Your Day

Making Reservations

All groups must have a minimum of 10 people to receive the group rate of $2.50 per child and $3.50 per adult. (One adult per five children receives a complimentary admission.)  Groups with less than 10 people will be charged a flat $30 admission fee. Each additional site is $1.00 per person.

Call 814.454.1813 x24 for scheduling information and availability. Here is how you can help:

  1. Select the program and/or exhibit that suits your interests and needs.
  2. Choose two or three preferred dates and times.
  3. We will need your name, your school’s name, address and telephone number, the grade and number of children, and the number of adults. (We can accommodate groups of 100 or more.)

Accessibility

The Erie County History Center & Cashier’s House and Erie Planetarium are accessible. The Watson-Curtze Mansion and Battles Museums of Rural Life are accessible by ramp only to the first floor.

Your Lunch

Several of our sites offer lunchroom facilities for groups of 80 or less. Please inform us in advance if these facilities will be needed. Weather permitting, groups are welcome to enjoy picnicking on the Watson-Curtze Mansion lawn or in Perry Square.

Plan An Entire Day Downtown

Customize a one to three-hour visit which includes one or more of our museums, a visit to the Erie Cemetery or Wayne Blockhouse, or a walking tour of downtown Erie. In addition, downtown Erie offers many cultural destinations. Plan an entire day downtown by combining your visit to the Historical Society with a visit to the Erie Maritime Museum, Bicentennial Tower, Erie Art Museum, expERIEnce Children’s Museum or Firefighters’ Museum.

Choose Your Destination!

Cashier’s House (419 State Street, Erie)

Learn what it was like to live in Erie more than 160 years ago.  Group activities may include exploring the contents of a 19th century toy chest, completing a House History Hunt or examining commonplace objects that are more than a hundred years old. Suitable for all ages.
( Cashier’s House Pre-Visit Materials)

Museum of Erie County History (419 State Street, Erie)

Explore Erie from the Eriez Indians to telephones in the History Center’s permanent exhibit at the Erie County History Center.  Group activities may include storytelling, exhibit scavenger hunts or Native American games. Suitable for all ages.

Watson-Curtze Mansion (356 West Sixth Street, Erie)

Built in 1891, this 24-room home tells the story of Millionaire’s Row, Erie’s wealthiest district and the neighborhood of industrialists, physicians and entrepreneurs.  Group activities may include exploring the contents of a 19th century toy chest, making a 19th century toy or parlor games. Suitable for all ages. ( Mansion Pre-Visit Materials)

Battles Museums of Rural Life (436 Walnut Street, Girard)

This 140-acre estate contains two historic houses, walking trails and two antique cars.  Group activities include churning butter, trying on 19th century clothing and making old-fashioned crafts. Suitable for all ages.

Walking/Trolley Tours of Downtown

Be inspired by local legend and lore as you walk through historic Erie. Suitable for Grade 4 and up.

Walking tour themes include:

  • Ghosts & Legends
  • West Sixth Street Historic District
  • Erie Heritage Trail
  • Erie Cemetery Tour (Extends beyond Downtown)