School tours of the mansion can teach students about the history of the Mansion itself, as well as about architecture, art, immigration, and culture during the Victorian era and the Gilded Age. Depending on grade level and the needs of the group, students might learn through activities such as playing 19th century games, visiting the servants’ quarters, or exploring objects like a stereoscope of the house. The Mansion also has a short film for viewing. School visits include a pre-visit presentation in the classroom by an educator.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies

topics covered:
19th century history, architecture, economy, immigration, industry, technology, visual art

contact info
Name: School Tour Reservations
Phone: 203-838-9799 ext. 6.


Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School Group Size: Max. 60 students. Program Type: Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45-90 minutes. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a. Registration: Phone, Online. Food Options: n/a. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: n/a. Accessible To: PD.

About This Venue

Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is a mid-19th century home built by financier and railroad tycoon LeGrand Lockwood. The house's rooms, including a library, music room, bedrooms, billiards room, and servants' quarters, serve as a reminder of the artistic motifs and architecture of the Victorian era. Constructed during the Civil War, the house features many innovations for its time including hot and cold water plumbing, gas lighting, and a central heating system. Led by a docent, visitors can explore the history of the house and learn about its architecture and artistic legacy, as well as a bit about life during the Victorian era and the Gilded Age.

contact info

Hrs: Vary, & By appointment.


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