Culbertson Mansion state historic site

for educators

A Masterpiece of Victorian Artistry

William Culbertson moved to Indiana in search of new opportunities and eventually became the richest man in the state. The Culbertson Mansion highlights the lifestyles of the Gilded Age from the servant class to the elite, while the stunning restoration inspires the importance of community.

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Class Structure

914 E Main St, New Albany, IN 47150, USA

School Group Tours

K-Grade 12 (Geared towards 3rd grade but can be adjusted to any age)

Admission is FREE for pre-registered, accredited schools or homeschool groups of 10 or more K-12 students. Free admission includes teachers and bus drivers, plus one additional adult chaperone per every five students. Additional chaperones pay the group admission rate of $11/person. Members of the Indiana Association of Homeschool Educators receive free daily admission with proof of membership.

Contact site for non-Indiana student rate.

Pre-registration required at least two weeks in advance.

staircase at culbertson mansion state historic site

This school group tour will provide your students an opportunity to learn the value of perspective as they experience each room in the mansion through various points of view. Through the story of William Culbertson’s rise from dry goods clerk to New Albany’s most charitable citizen, students understand benevolence as a path to better community. Other topics discussed are class structure, domestic servitude, Victorian family life, architecture and decorative arts.

Indiana Academic Standards: Social Studies: 6.3.10, 8.2.7; IS.1.8, IS.1.9, IS.1.10

Explore Programs

Whether it’s at the site, outreach or virtual, we offer hands-on, exploratory and interactive programs on a variety of topics that provide your students a fun way to learn about Indiana’s people, places and things. All programs fulfill select Indiana Academic Standards.


Length: 45-60 minutes
Max. number of students: 25
Cost: $2/student
Travel fees: 30-60 miles=$20; 60-90 miles=$40; 90+ miles=$60


Length: 45-60 minutes, unless noted otherwise
Cost: $75/class, unless noted otherwise


K-Grade 3
At site

Play the I-Spy game and explore Victorian life through clues that lead to learning in the mansion.

Indiana Academic Standards: Social Studies: K1.1, 1.1.1, 2.2.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.8


K- Grade 3
Sept. 2023-March 2024
At site

Explore the math, science and art utilized to create the Winter Moment, a colorful light display, at the Culbertson Mansion. Created by the filter of stained glass, a crystal chandelier and the sun’s rays, this exceptional experience will be discussed using prisms, patterned paper and filters in the classroom.

Indiana Academic Standards: VA Cr2.1.ka, Math k.m.2, VA Cr2.1.1a, Math 1.G.1, VA Cr2.1.2a, Math 2.G.1, 2.G.2, VA Cr2.1.3a, Math 3.G.1


K-Grade 5
Tuesday through Friday

Explore the Victorian virtue of benevolence. How did the Culbertson family exemplify this virtue? What does that mean today, and how can we all make positive contributions to our community. An interactive discussion with a knowledgeable staff member provides the opportunity for students to engage and ask questions throughout the program. A teacher guide and classroom packet will be provided beforehand.

Indiana Academic Standards: Social Studies: K1.2, k2.1, k2.4, k3.7, 1.1.3, 1.1.6, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 2.1.3, 2.2.4, 2.2.5, 2.2.6, 3.1.6, 3.2.5, 3.2.6, 3.2.7, 4.2.6, 5.2.8, 5.2.10


K-Grade 3
Tuesday through Friday

Can you guess the names of various objects from around the mansion and their uses? An interactive program to introduce the ways in which Victorians lived, including the Culbertson family and the servant staff. A knowledgeable staff member will be able to engage students with period artifacts and lead a discussion on Victorian life. A teacher guide and classroom packet will be provided beforehand.

Indiana Academic Standards: Social Studies: K1.1, 1.1.1, 2.1.2, 3.1.8


Grades 6, 8-12
Mondays year-round
Length: 90 minutes
Fee: $150 per booking
Pre-registration is required at least one month in advance.

Bring the Culbertson Mansion to your classroom with a virtual tour. Included is a downloadable teaching packet with a teaching guide, follow-along worksheet and vocabulary list. Students will see all four floors of the mansion, while learning about the lifestyle of the Gilded Age, from the elite to the servants. They will also learn about New Albany’s most charitable man and the concept of benevolence in building community.

Indiana Academic Standards: Social Studies: 6.3.10, 8.2.7; IS.1.8, IS.1.9, IS.1.10


K-Grade 12

Culbertson Mansion staff are available for in-school presentations and programs on a range of topics including Indiana and New Albany history, benevolence/philanthropy, community and engaged citizenship, perspective, historic architecture, late 19th-century life and more. Visual aids, props, costumes and/or artifacts are available upon request. These programs can be formal or informal, but all will be engaging interactive dialogue with Q&A sessions.

Email [email protected] or call 812.944.9600 to discuss customized programs.