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The Martin House offers educational tours and programs for all ages and skill levels surrounding topics related to architecture, design, art, and landscape.  

Below are examples of programs available to schools, but programs can be customized for your classroom's interests or needs.

In addition to our partnerships with schools, our education department caters to families, scouts, and adults. Visit our event page to find upcoming family and adult programming.

To connect with our Education team, complete this form or call 716.856.3858 x206.

School Programs

School Tour Offerings:

Many schools opt for one of our standard tour offerings.  

  • Tours can be shortened for younger school groups.

In addition to our standard tours above, a tour experience can be customized to be grade-specific and to fit a specific curriculum.


School Program Offerings:

Many schools desire a more robust Martin House experience that combines a tour with activities centered around specific themes. Examples of popular programs include:

Architecture SHAPES Our World (K–3): The built environment is made up of different shapes. Learn how these shapes work together in building the Martin House from the smallest detail to the grand planning of the site. Create your own 2D structure on paper to take with you after discovering shapes around the House.

Art Glass at the Martin House (3–12): Art and architecture go hand-in-hand. Explore the Martin House with a concentration on the beautiful art glass window collection, and create your own art glass template after the tour.

Engineering Past and Present (3–12): The Martin House is an engineering marvel. Take a tour of the site, and learn about the history of engineering from 1907–today. Discover unique details about the design by going "behind the scenes" and learn the importance of I-beam construction that forever changed the way we think about buildings.

Japanese Block Printing (5-12): Examine the Martin House's Japanese elements, including the woodblock print collection. Create your own prints out of soft cut, focusing on negative/positive space, nature, and design techniques.


Classroom Outreach:

To introduce your classroom to the Martin House, our Director of Education is available to coordinate an outreach program in your classroom. Programs are one class period and can be used in combination with a tour (recommended) or as a stand-alone presentation.

Outreach programs start at $75.00 per class. Complete this form to start the conversation.


Junior Docent Program:

Our Junior Docent program is an excellent way to immerse your students into a challenging and rewarding experience while interpreting the significance of a historical landmark.

Students learn about the history and significance of the site and create their own tour they will share with teachers and parents in a culminating program. This is a great way to express their creativity, gain public speaking skills, and practice leadership. The time commitment ranges from three to five sessions.

Complete this form to connect with our education team.


Resources for Educators & Administrators:

  • Professional development workshops are offered at the Martin House, and are a unique way to connect through education in a beautiful working space.
  • Transportation funding is available through local and state programs. Visit our school funding page for details.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Martin House!

Questions? Contact education@martinhouse.org or complete this form.