School Programs

Pennsbury Manor offers a variety of programs designed specifically for children. We are the only historic site in the country that relates specifically to William Penn, his contributions to Pennsylvania, and his impact on American history. 
All of our educational programs meet Pennsylvania history standards 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3. Plus, our hands on approach to learning means that every student has the opportunity to be involved in the process.
Call 215 946-0400 for reservations or information. We can not make reservations via email.

Download the Teacher’s Guide – Your Visit to Pennsbury Manor Packet.

School Tours: Students will take a guided tour of the Manor House and participate in two hands-on activities.  School tours are given rain or shine at 10:00 am and 11:15 am throughout the year.  Reservations are required. The cost is $8.00 per student.  Teachers and school staff are complimentary. Additional adults are $8.00 each. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your tour to allow time for checking-in, bathroom trips, and organizing of students.

Pennsbury By the Day:  A “By the Day” program offers the teacher more options to design a program specifically for their students. Your school is the only school onsite that day. Students visit five locations.  The first three locations are standard; a tour of the Manor House, chores in the Worker’s Cottage, and quill pen writing. Two other locations are selected by the teacher. Among those options are 17th century medicine, open hearth cooking demonstration, kitchen garden activity, a meet the animals program, and a scheduled time to visit to the William Penn: Seed of a Nation Exhibit. Cost is $1,000 for up to 100 students. Each additional student is $10. Teachers and school staff are complimentary. Additional adults are $10 each. Registration and prepayment are required.

Pre-School Programs: Our pre-school programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of young children age four to six.  Children get to experience the past through fun activities in an historic setting.  Individual programs can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.  Registration is required.  The cost is $6.00 per child.  Teachers and school staff are complimentary.  Additional adults are $6.00 each.

Special Event Days for Schools: On these special event days, visitors move at their own pace as they tour the Manor House and outbuildings, learn about everyday life in the 17th century, visit the animals, watch our craftspeople at work, and participate in a variety of hands-on-history activities. Each special event day also offers an activity unique to that day. Registration and pre-payment are required.  Program runs from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. The cost per student on any of our special event days is $9.00 per student. Teachers and school staff are complimentary.  Additional adults are $9.00.

HomeSchool Day (April 12, 2018) 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Activities for Homeschool families of all ages will explore how this extraordinary woman significantly impacted her family, Pennsbury Manor, and the colony of Pennsylvania. Registration is required. Please contact Pennsbury Manor’s Educators at 215-946-0400 for program details and cost.

Sheep Shearing Day (May 3, 2018) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come watch our sheep get their annual haircuts!

William Penn Day (May 17, 2018) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Trade furs, take a seat in our dugout canoe, and ask William Penn about his friendship with the Lenape! Enjoy a puppet show by Tuckers’ Tales.

Pennsylvania Day (May 31, 2018) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
We all know William Penn holds a place in American history as a lawgiver, Quaker, and writer, but have you ever thought about his environmental legacy? This year, we will honor Penn’s relationship with the environment by including demonstrations on recycling, native Pennsylvania flora and fauna species, and the Delaware River ecosystem. These new STEM-focused presentations will be joining our historical demonstrations of blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, and gardening. Contact Pennsbury Manor Educators a 215-946-0400 for details and registration.

Harvest Day (October 17, 2017) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mash some apples for pressing and help make cider the old-fashioned way!

HomeSchool Families: Whether visiting as part of a larger group or as an individual family, Pennsbury can help you plan your visit to meet your goals. Reservations are required.

Scouting Groups: Pennsbury offers badge and activity oriented for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts. Service and Eagle Scout projects are also available. Reservations are required.