Educational Field Trips & Tours

NOTICE: The museum will abide by state and local CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19 protocols. Please let us know what protocols your school/group is following and we will make arrangements as necessary.

Hours Available for School Group (K-12) tours:         Thursday & Friday     9am-3pm

Hours Available for all other group tours:       Tuesday-Saturday      9am-3pm

Admission rates: $2.00 per student (K-12) and $5.00 per adult/senior citizen

You must book a tour to get the group tour rate. Admission payment is due in advance or on the day of the tour. Payment must be in the form of a check from the school or school district for all school tours. Other groups can pay with cash, check, or card. The museum reserves the right to cancel tours if payment is not received by the tour date.

Field trips for students at Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home are structured to meet Georgia State Standards and are age appropriate. Each program is approximately 45 minutes to 75 minutes in length and includes a house/garden tour as well as (1) activity of the teacher’s choice that best fits your group’s needs. A list of available activities can be found in the field trip curriculum offerings packet located below.

Special tour days/times are available for small school group tours. Contact the museum for details. All group tours for the museum must be made at least 4 weeks in advance of tour date.

Major Ridge was one of the most important people to live in Northwest Georgia. He was a wealthy Cherokee leader who advocated constantly for his people, ultimately becoming a signer of the Treaty of New Echota, which called for voluntary Cherokee removal to the west.  When Cherokees who refused to voluntary move were forcibly removed from their homes in 1838, nearly 4,000 of them perished along the Trail of Tears. We tell the story of the Cherokee and the Ridge Family.

The National Park Service website contains many useful resources for teachers, including a section on lesson plans, found at this link, Teaching With Historic Places

We look forward to serving your educational needs during your field trip to our site. You will find information about our programs in the forms listed below.

Please complete the reservation form to schedule a School Group tour or a Group tour at Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home. Mail (P.O. Box 373, Rome, GA, 30162), email (, or fax (706-291-2410) your request to secure a tour date. Keep a copy for your records. Please review the reservation information and the tour policy prior to your visit.

Tour Policy

Reservation Information

Reservation Form

Field Trip Curriculum Guide