Plan your Hermitage tour today! We offer several options for individuals and various age groups. If planning a group tour, please schedule it at least two weeks in advance to ensure a docent is available. Our knowledgeable docent staff will ensure that you enjoy the time you spend discovering all that the Hermitage has to offer!

Select one of the options below or learn more by contacting Lil Acosta at or 757-423-2052 x211.


Guided tours of the Museum and Sloane Collection are conducted daily. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and include fifteen galleries on the first floor filled with the Sloane family art collection, furniture, and history.

Museum Tour Schedule
Tuesday through Sunday at 11am & 2pm
*Group Tours are available at other times when scheduled in advance.
Free with admission


Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour at any time during the day.

The second floor of the Museum contains the Florence K. Sloane Painting Gallery, an impressive collection of paintings by contemporary American masters, featuring work by a variety of significant 20th century artists, including Helen Turner, Sir Edward Poynter, and Nicholai Fechin. Two additional Changing Galleries on the second floor host rotating exhibits throughout the year including works by contemporary artists, local arts groups, and pieces in the Sloane Collections that are not on permanent display.

Visitors are invited to utilize our self-guided brochures. Explore the individual rooms of the house, learn about the artisans who worked here, and discover the Sloane’s eclectic art collection.

Free with admission


Garden Tours

This walking tour of the gardens and grounds will introduce you to our site’s garden history and the many varieties of plants that have a home at the Hermitage. The Sloane family designed the 12 acre estate in the early 1920s and it has remained a unique landscape for wildlife, nature, and semi-formal gardens. Guests are invited to learn and enjoy the living collection May through September by reservation.

$5 Members/ $8 Non-Members
*Pricing may change during special exhibitions

Combo Tours

For the whole Hermitage experience, the combo tour includes both the museum and garden tour as described above.

$14 per person ($19 during special exhibitions)


The Hermitage offers educational group tours for various grades and ages highlighting different areas of the collection, house, and grounds.

Time Travelers Tours

Inspired by objects and features of the Hermitage, students will compare modern life to life in the early 20th century and prior. SOLs covered include: Social Studies K.2, K.8, 1.1, 1.10, 2.3, 2.10, English K.1, K.2, K.3, 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, Science K.1, K.2, K.4, 1.1, 1.2, 2.3.

$4 per student
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Traveling Through Ancient China Tours

Traveling Through Ancient China is an interactive tour created to help students gain an understanding of the history of China including Chinese geography, Chinese inventions and contributions, and to acquire key terminology associated with ancient China. Grade 2 SOLs covered include:
Introduction to History and Social Studies: 2.1, 2.3, 2.4a, 2.6, 2.8
Visual Arts: 2.11, 2.12, 2.13

$4 per student
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Wetlands Enrichment Tours

Wetlands Enrichment Tours, or WET, is a hands-on outdoor educational program aimed at bringing the Hermitage’s living shoreline restoration to life for area students.

$4 per student
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