Group Tours

Whether your interest is art, antiques, history, gardens or just a day’s outing, our site appeals to many people. Our group tours are led by trained, knowledgeable docents. Tours include visits to Gari Melchers’ painting studio, three galleries of artwork, and the historic house as Mrs. Melchers left it, featuring the couple’s furnishings, decorations, and art collection.

Groups should allow 2 hours for their visit. This gives time to organize your group, visit the restroom facilities and view True and Clear, a short introductory film about Gari Melchers and his career. This also includes time to browse our museum shop after your tour. Your group will be divided into smaller groups, so all can enjoy their visit.

Group Tour Scheduling

  •  Minimum of 10 people, not including the tour leader and bus driver (special arrangements can be made for groups larger than 50)
  •  21 day advance registration required, with confirmation of date and final number due 7 days in advance

Group Tour Cost

  • $10 per person (minimum 10); Tour leader and bus driver free

Note: Membership passes, free passes or other discount coupons are not valid for group tours.

Add-On Activities 

Garden Tour

This special tour of the restored gardens and grounds is $5 extra per person. Please allow an additional 30 minutes for this outdoor walking tour.

Lunch

Group tours can enjoy lunch in Studio Pavilion. The Pavilion can accommodate 15-120, with beautiful garden views. Dining selections include a 3-course luncheon, a soup and salad luncheon, or a boxed lunch for $15-$30 per person. Minimum 15.

To book your next group tour, please contact Buffy Knappenberger at 540/654-1843.  Schools, day care facilities, and youth groups should contact Michelle Crow-Dolby for their group tour visit.