Education Programs

Built in 1768, the Golden Ball Tavern has been a home, a tavern, a hotel, and a museum. Come learn about the 6 generations of the Jones family who lived here for almost 200 years. In this house, history still lives and breathes through true stories of British spies, the Weston Tea Party, and the comings and goings of the children and families.


School Groups


The Golden Ball Tavern Museum prides itself on being an educational institution as well as a museum. We build collaborations with schools to help teachers offer rich programs to teach colonial and early American history. We will fit the program to suit your study and curriculum—colonial life, westward movement, pre-Revolutionary times, etc.  See below for a description of a third grade program.

We offer guided tours to student groups, the majorityare for students in the 3rd-8th grades. We also work with 11th grade students. Tours can be focused on colonial life and/or events leading up to the American Revolution and can include a hands-on session with colonial games or a storytelling activity (based on exciting, true events that took place at the Tavern). Please call to inquire about our customizable tours and crafting activities at the museum at 781-894-1751.

Third-grade visits typically focus on colonial life, and most spend about 1 hour and 15 mins at the Museum.   We usually divide a class of 30 into 3 or 4 smaller groups, each with their own guide. Each group works their way through the house and covers the same material; they just start in different places.   The program includes a tour of the 1768 house/tavern (what it would have been like to live here in the 1770s), “true” stories about events that happened there in the years leading up to the American Revolution, a demonstration of colonial dress (what boys and girls wore), and time to try some colonial games.  Because the house was also a Tavern during the Revolution, the children will also learn about the important role taverns played in colonial towns.  Finally, because 6 generations of the Jones family lived in the house, artifacts and primary documents were passed down from generation to generation.  Some of these are shared with the students as well.  


Scout Programs


The Golden Ball Tavern Museum is pleased to offer tailored programs for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from September to June, weekdays and weekends. Generally, our programs run 2 hours and cost $10/scout.


For Girl Scouts, we offer programs which will accomplish most the of the requirements for the My Family Story badge (Brownies), Playing the Past badge (Juniors), and Birth of Our Nation badge (Juniors). See the Girl Scout flyer for specific information on these badge programs and other programs we offer.


For Boy Scouts, we will work with you to design a program that meets your needs. See the Boy Scout flyer for some ideas of topics that fit nicely with the Golden Ball Tavern's history and an example of how a visit might be put together.


If you are interested in scheduling a visit or have any questions, please contact Michelle Roman at

Click Here to download the Girl Scout flyer.

Click Here to download the Boy Scout flyer.