Tours and Programs

Get the most out of your visit to Jamestown! Jamestown Rediscovery staff present several programs each day on the history and archaeology of James Fort. Visitors are also welcome to observe our archaeology team at work as you explore the site—perhaps you’ll witness an exciting new discovery!

Meanwhile, our education department is now booking Virtual Classroom Programs for the 2020–2021 school year. Please note that we are not currently offering on-site school group tours or custom tours. Check back later for updates about 2021.


regularly scheduled programs

The programs below are included with admission to Historic Jamestowne. Please see the mobile-friendly Visit Guide for a daily schedule, including any special events.

All programs are currently held outdoors, weather permitting, and are subject to change. We kindly ask that all guests be mindful of physical distancing guidelines.

history and archaeology tours

Daily tours provide insight into 17th-century Jamestown and the research conducted by the Jamestown Rediscovery project. Offerings include an introduction to Jamestown, an overview of the archaeology of James Fort, and more in-depth discussions of particular aspects of Jamestown’s history. See the Visit Guide for a schedule of upcoming programs. All tours begin at the Tercentennial Monument.

archaeology in action

Our archaeology team is hard at work uncovering new information about early Jamestown. Check out excavations in progress outside the fort between the Memorial Church and the East Bulwark. Visitors are welcome to observe and to ask questions of the field crew, but we ask that you please respect the safety ropes.


behind the scenes

Please Note: Our behind-the-scenes tours are not being offered in 2020. We will post an update later in the year about future programs.

In his James Fort: Lost & Found tour, Dr. Bill Kelso reflects on over 25 years of discoveries that have re-shaped our understanding of life at Jamestown. Get an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the James Fort artifact collection on the Curators’ Artifact Tour, or learn more about how the team solves colonial cold cases on Forensic Fridays, which include a lecture and a visit to the Archaearium museum. 

These in-depth programs require a separate ticket in addition to admission to the park.