Education at the University Chapel & Galleries

Looking to expand learning outside of the classroom? Join us at the University Chapel & Galleries for your next field study. The Chapel offers multiple tour options for your school group. Each tour includes a museum activity and pre-and post-visit materials. The Chapel is no longer just a place for history, our variety of tours can cover English, science, math, art, and family life SOLs.

To reserve your tour, please fill out the reservation form and indicate which tour option your class would like to participate in. More information about each tour can be found below. All tours are free of charge.

Tours of our site run an hour long. Students will be given the chance to explore both levels of our site and visit the museum shop within that hour. Due to space restraints in some of our galleries, we ask that scheduled groups are no larger than 25 people. If your group is larger than 25, consider splitting your time with another Lexington attraction. If you need help scheduling a multi-site visit, you can contact the Lexington Visitor Center. Staff at the visitor center are happy to assist schools with scheduling half or full day fieldtrips free of charge. You can contact the Lexington Visitor Center at (540) 463-3777.    

To schedule a visit with the University Chapel & Galleries, please complete our reservation form.

Due to the historic nature of the building, there is no food or drink allowed in the building. The Chapel is within walking distances to many local restaurants and just a quick bus ride to Jordan’s Point Park. Should you need assistance with scheduling lunch for your school, contact the Lexington Visitor Center at (540) 463-3777.

Parking is available to visitors at 100 N. Jefferson St., Lexington, VA 24450. From the parking lot, visitors can follow the signs to the Chapel. Please note that the parking lot cannot hold buses or motorhomes. Larger vehicles can utilize street parking, if available, or park at the Lexington Visitor Center. (106 E. Washington Street) The visitor center is approximately a 5-minute walk to the Chapel.

School Group Reservation

The University Chapel is proud to offer your group optional learning opportunities. Below are the five tour options we offer visiting groups. For more information on the tour, museum activities and covered SOLs, click on the tour's title.

Lee as President of Washington College

Your visit will focus on Robert E. Lee's role as president of Washington College. Under Lee's presidency, the curriculum advanced to include more practical subjects like engineering and journalism. The school's physical structure was expanded and the college chapel was completed.

Studying the Lee Family

Learn not just about Lee, but discover the lives of Lee’s wife, Mary Custis Lee, and their seven children. Learn about what makes each of them and how over time their lifestyle changed to adapt to circumstances.

University Chapel – A Study in Architecture

Students will learn about the University Chapel’s history and architecture through our tour and museum activity. Together the two will cover; the importance of investigating a place’s history, basic steps to assembling a building, an introduction to some basic math concepts and why preservation is important.

Lesson Plan SOLs

Each lesson plan has their own list of SOLs that apply to them.