From July 2024 through 2025, the Education Center exhibit on George Washington’s life will be off display for an extensive rebuild.

Since 2006, the exhibit "Discovering the Real George Washington" has educated millions of visitors. Beginning in 2024, Mount Vernon will begin an extensive rebuild and update of the exhibit. (MVLA)

Since its inception in 2006, the exhibit "Discovering the Real George Washington" at Mount Vernon's Education Center has offered millions of visitors an enlightening journey through the life of George Washington, from his humble beginnings as a surveyor to his crucial role in the founding of our nation.

Now, the exhibit is poised for a revitalization, guided by three overarching goals:

  • Updating the scholarship
  • Addressing outdated technology
  • Transforming the layout to provide better access to the highlights of Washington’s life

With these goals in mind, the exhibit will continue to serve as a vital educational resource, illuminating the enduring legacy of George Washington for generations to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the exhibit be closed?

The exhibit will be closed July 8, 2024 through 2025.

Will the "George Washington & the Revolutionary War" 4-D film, currently located within the exhibit, still be accessible?

This fast-paced film traces General Washington's important military victories at Boston, Trenton, and Yorktown. (MVLA)

This fast-paced film traces General Washington's important military victories at Boston, Trenton, and Yorktown. (MVLA)

Yes, the "George Washington & the Revolutionary War" film content will be moved to an accessible 2-D, 200-seat theater space for the duration of the work.

Will the "Be Washington Interactive Theater" still be available during this time?

Be Washington is a first-person interactive leadership experience. (MVLA)

Be Washington is a first-person interactive leadership experience. (MVLA)

"Be Washington" will be unavailable for onsite play during the GWEX project; however, it is always accessible to play individually or as a group online.

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Will the Hands-On-History Center continue to have programs for families during this time?

The Hands-on-History Center will be closed for the duration of the GWEX project for its own revitalization, but Discovery Stations will continue offering family programming.

Will this work affect the “Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon" exhibit?

In this museum exhibit, meet the people who shaped Mount Vernon, including Washington and Custis family members, enslaved and hired laborers, and Vice Regents of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, which has owned and preserved Mount Vernon since the 19th century. (MVLA)

In this museum exhibit, meet the people who shaped Mount Vernon, including Washington and Custis family members, enslaved and hired laborers, and Vice Regents of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, which has owned and preserved Mount Vernon since the 19th century. (MVLA)

No, “Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon” will remain open during regular estate hours.

During this period of closure, what other learning opportunities are available?

To learn more about 18th-century life, visitors can visit the Farm for cooking, trades, and farming demonstrations. (MVLA)

To learn more about 18th-century life, visitors can visit the Farm for cooking, trades, and farming demonstrations. (MVLA)

Mansion Revitalization Project

Exciting developments are happening at the Mansion as well: Mount Vernon has embarked on a landmark preservation project to ensure the Mansion's structural integrity for generations to come.

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