Monocacy National Battlefield

monocacy national battlefield

Field Trip:

Monocacy National Battlefield

Location: 5201 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
Phone: 301-694-7434
Email: Use online contact form
Grades: K – 12th
Subject: Civil war
Hours: 7:00am – Sunset, Daily
Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, & Christmas
Cost: Free for everyone
Parking: Free on-site parking

  • Automated main entrance
  • Accessible routes throughout exhibits
  • Ramps
  • Gender neutral bathrooms
  • Audio tours
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Closed captioning controls for exhibits

County location

Museum Resources to Help Make the Most of Your Trip

yes Free Lesson Plans yes Docent Tours
NO Online Activities NO Homeschool Programs
yes Classes/Workshops yes Junior Ranger Programs
yes Trunk and/or Travelling Program yes Virtual tour

About the Monocacy National Battlefield:

Monocacy was not one of the largest battles of the Civil War, but it is forever known as “The Battle That Saved Washington.”

Start your field trip at the Visitor Center, where students will learn about the Battle of Monocacy from the perspectives of Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers, and civilians. They will discover how slavery divided the country economically and politically, and how Monocacy fits within the larger context of the Civil War.

A timeline that runs throughout the exhibit area provides a framework of American history and that allows students to examine other events that may have affected, or been affected by, the Civil War. A fiber optic map provides an eight minute description of battle tactics followed by an opportunity to view the actual battlefield from an observation deck.

You can add-on a free tour to your visits:

Orientation Tour: 20 minutes, easily adaptable and provided for students in grades 3 and above. (It can be shortened for younger children.) Program consists of a brief description of why the Battle of Monocacy occurred, its significance in American history, and why the site is preserved by the National Park Service.

Battlefield Tour: 60-90 minutes, developed for high school students and adults. A park ranger accompanies the group from site to site providing additional information about troop movements, battlefield landmarks, and local civilians.

The Monocacy Visit Center does not sell food. There are picnic areas at the Visitor Center, Gambrill Mill, Thomas Farm, and the Worthington Farm.


Download the Free Audio Car Tour that you can listen to as you drive through the park and make 5 stops at historical sites.


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