School Tours and Exhibits


Guided tours may include an additional interactive lesson at your option.

Life and Literature

Students will learn how Edith Wharton defied societal expectations and turned the moneyed Old New York world of her childhood into her most famous subject. (60 minutes)

Life in a Berkshire Cottage

Students will climb The Mount’s backstairs to explore the workings of an early twentieth-century country estate and the lives of the household staff who made it possible. (60 minutes)

Gilded Age Guerilla

Students will walk The Mount and its neoclassical gardens, designed by Wharton herself, to better understand how she helped to revolutionize landscape and interior design forever. (60 minutes)

Ghost Tour

This otherworldly tour uncovers the supernatural side of Edith Wharton and tells the stories of the ghosts who may still haunt The Mount’s halls. (90 minutes)

Educational Exhibits

Exhibitions may be viewed independently or as part of a guided tour.

Edith Wharton and World War I

As we mark the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918), The Mount’s current exhibit on Wharton’s wartime relief work takes on particular significance.

The Backstairs Project

The Mount’s kitchen will come alive again with an exhibit showcasing the roles of the staff, foods of the period, and historic utensils and appliances.

A Beautiful Construction: Edith Wharton at The Mount

 This exhibit honors Wharton’s spirit and accomplishments, focusing on her time at The Mount, and includes a fresh look at her enduring relevance.

Sculpture at The Mount

The Mount, in partnership with SculptureNow, is pleased to present an exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculptures featuring nationally acclaimed artists.

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Photo credit: Peggy Reeves

Photo credit: Peggy Reeves

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