Are you looking for a unique, exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience at Fort Ticonderoga? Do you want to don gloves and examine artifacts from our collection with our Curator of Collections? Do you appreciate personal tours with experts in their fields? Then one of Fort Ticonderoga’s VIP tours is for you!
These VIP tours are led by members of the Fort Ticonderoga professional museum staff and provide an experience unlike any other. Your group of four or less spends a morning exploring the collections and the historic landscape based on one of three available themes.
Advanced reservations are required and must be made at least three weeks in advance. Tours are offered based on staff availability. The cost of $1,500 includes up to a three and one-half hour experience, with lunch included. Full payment is required three weeks prior to the scheduled tour. No refunds, however, rescheduling to a mutually agreeable date is a possibility.
VIP tours may consist of extended periods of walking, climbing stairs, and navigating uneven terrain. Proper footwear is recommended. Tours are not handicap accessible, or appropriate for those who have difficulty walking.
Each tour includes:
- Welcome and orientation
- Collections-based experience with our Curator of Collections
- A guided tour or program with a member of our staff
- Lunch at America’s Fort Café with the presenting staff member
See below for VIP Tour options:
Join Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections for a unique behind-the-scenes encounter with Fort Ticonderoga’s world-class museum collections. Go where few others have been to see highlights from the collection including clothing, weapons, and personal effects of soldiers from across the Atlantic. Learn how objects tell their own stories of the past and how Fort Ticonderoga uses its rich collection in context. This program begins at the Thompson Pell Research Center, home to our collections storage. Following this tour of collections, the tour will conclude at the fort itself with an overview of the history of the site, followed by lunch at America’s Fort Cafe for your group with the tour leader.
July 8, 1758: The Battle of Carillon
On a hot July day in 1758, the Marquis de Montcalm decisively defeated a superior British and American army under the command of General James Abercromby. The battle would be the bloodiest single days action until the American Civil War, nearly 2,000 British troops were killed and wounded. Join Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections for an in-depth tour of the battlefield. Follow the traces of the battle across the epic landscape. Be prepared for hiking across a variety of terrain from brush to clear asphalt. The tour will return for a lunch at the America’s Fort Cafe for your group with the tour leader.
Preserving the Revolution: The American Defenses of Ticonderoga
Join Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections for an in-depth look at the most intact series of Revolutionary War earthworks in North America. Begin at the Old French Fort to get up to speed with the construction and condition of the fort prior to its capture in 1775. Traversing the landscape from the heights of Carillon to the edge of Lake Champlain, see the evidence of how the American military re-shaped the Ticonderoga peninsula to defend from British invasion from the North. The program covers over a mile of ground returning for a lunch at the America’s Fort Cafe for your group with the tour leader.