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Educator's Field Trip Guide

Bringing Your Class to the Fort

First-hand encounters with the past inspire students to learn more about our history, while supporting important in-class learning objectives. Field trips where students see, hear, smell and touch life in another century are great ways to instill a life-long love of history in your students. Field trips include an animated guided tour of our centuries-old fortifications and an audience with a soldier who demonstrates the workings of a flintlock musket.

Hours: The Fort is open year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. School tours are available during these hours.

Reservations: Please make your reservation at least two weeks in advance by calling (716) 745-7611. When you call, please provide the date and time of your proposed visit, group size, grade level, contact information, number of classes and special requests. We will then send you a confirmation.

Rates: School group admission to the Fort is $7.00 per person (unless otherwise listed). One teacher/chaperone per ten students is admitted free. Admission fees are payable the day of your visit. We accept cash, checks and credit cards. To expedite your entrance, please have one person pay for the entire group. Call us at (716) 745-7611 for other payment arrangements.

Special Offerings- Spring Semester 2018


May 14 - June 22: Flintlocks and Council Fires: Fort Niagara in War and Peace

The early history of Fort Niagara is full of exciting stories. Native people, explorers, soldiers, diplomats, traders and settlers all played a role in writing Niagara’s story. You can introduce your students to some of them at Old Fort Niagara this spring.

Flintlocks and Council Fires is a living history program that traces the history of Fort Niagara and its people over a 75-year period; from the days of the French construction of the Fort through the devastating War of 1812. Along the way, your students will meet French, British and American soldiers, Native American diplomats and civilian artisans.

The program includes a guided tour of the Fort, with stops at interactive learning stations. Students will learn how battlefield technology worked, how people living on the frontier were fed, and how Native people and Europeans met in council to resolve differences.

Once you have registered for a tour, you will receive pre-visit materials including activity booklets for your students and links to online videos about the characters your students will meet at the Fort. (Available April 15).

The program runs daily (M-F) from May 14-June 22. Call (716) 745-7611 now to reserve your space or email

May 17: A Spy for General Washington

Students learn about the American Revolution on the New York frontier, while serving as spies for General Washington. Fort Niagara was held by the British during the American Revolution and students set out to gather as much intelligence as they can about the Fort and its garrison. Outside the Fort, students are recruited by officers of the Continental Army to infiltrate the British-held Fort and learn all about British redcoats, loyalists and Native Americans who live in and around the Fort. They must locate an American prisoner in the Fort and carry a secret message back to Washington's agents. During their adventure, they will encounter various points of view about the War for Independence and experience 18th century technology and living conditions.

May 24: War Our own Way

This program focuses on the role of Native Americans at Fort Niagara. In the late 17th century local Senecas maintained a seasonal hunting and fishing village on the future site of the Fort. After the Fort was built, Native Americans from far and wide came to trade, negotiate and ally themselves to the Fort’s French and British occupants.

In War Our Own Way, students will experience various aspects of Native life in and around Fort Niagara. Learning stations include the fur trade, Native diplomacy, foodways, social dancing, storytelling, sports and weaponry.

The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and continues until 1:00 p.m. however groups can arrive and depart according to transportation schedules.

Things you should know before your visit

  • Please notify us of changes in your arrival time, etc.
  • Reserved groups who fail to arrive without notification are billed for tourguide costs.
  • Have your class dress for the weather
  • Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For those unable to climb stairs, a virtual tour of the Fort is available on a laptop on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • School groups may eat a bagged lunch on the premises
  • How to find us click here.

Once you are here

  • Restrooms are located in the Visitor Center and next to the French Castle inside the Fort
  • Our Museum Shop offers a full range of publications and souvenirs
  • Please keep your group together and follow the instructions of your docent.


Educational Immersion Programs

Old Fort Niagara offers a variety of hands-on, overnight and outreach programs that allow students and scout groups to experience the past. Click here to find out more-

Hours of Operation

The Fort is open year round with the exception of New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

  • Jan - June 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • July - Aug - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sept - Dec - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Please note: Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing time.


Support the Fort

Old Fort Niagara is operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1927. We do not rely on tax dollars. Instead, the Fort is funded through a combination of admission fees, museum shop sales and charitable contributions.

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