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Contact: Manassas National Battlefield, 12521 Lee Highway, Manassas, VA 22110. Call (703)361-3592 or visit our website at

Masthead image of the battle at Manassas

Manassas National Battlefield Park offers several programs for teaching aspects of the American Civil War from the perspective of the Park's role in that conflict.

Education Programs offered by Manassas National Battlefield include both site-based Ranger-conducted, programs and site-based self-guided tours and along with downloadable lesson ideas available on the Park's Web site. Teachers have the option of choosing and/or adapting a program to fit their needs. Furthermore, the Park's Education Specialist is willing to work on special projects with school groups.

All programs are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning and the National Standards for United States History.

Programs with the exception of the film are free of charge providing that the school requests and education fee waiver. For more detailed information on requesting programs and fee waivers, visit

"Baptism of Fire: Soldiers & Civilians at the First Battle of Manassas." A curriculum-based program for Virginia 4th, 5th and 6th Grade groups. This two-hour, Ranger-conducted program focuses on the human experience during the First battle of Manassas and includes a tour and a visit to the museum. This program is offered weekdays by reservation only. "Baptism of Fire" requires pre-visit preparation and groups are limited to 50 students. Materials for the program are available at the Park's website: or by contacting the Education Specialist. A teacher's guide and video are available from the Education Specialist.

First Manassas Walking Tour A Ranger-conducted 30-45 minute tour focusing on the First Battle of Manassas suitable for all grades. This program visits the ground where the bloodiest combat of the battle occurred on Henry Hill and helps students understand why the battle was fought, how it was fought and its impact on the Civil War.

Self-Guided Tour A one-mile, approximately one-hour loop trail concentrates on the First Battle of Manassas for all grades. Visual and audio exhibits along the path of the trail describe the battle events.

Manassas: End of Innocence This 45-minute film appropriate for grades 6 - 12 covers both the First and Second Battles of Manassas. The film shows each day, every hour on the hour starting at 9:00 a.m. with the last show at 4:00 p.m. Please call beforehand to assure that seating is available. There is an additional charge for the film separate from the park admission for those over 16. The fee for the film can not be waived.

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