Mon – Sat: 10am – 4:30pm
Sun: 12pm – 4:30pm
Motorcoach tours and organized groups are welcome at Fort Ligonier and are coordinated through our Education Department. Click here for information on school field trips, scout groups and/or student groups. All other group tours (consisting of 10 or more people) must be reserved in advance by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724.238.9701.
Each motorcoach group will be greeted by a member of Fort Ligonier’s staff. Your group will disembark the bus at the entrance of the Fort Ligonier Museum and each individual will receive an admission sticker to be worn throughout the visit. Ample, free parking is available for motor coaches, vans, and other vehicles.
Restrooms are available in the Fort Ligonier Museum and in the Fort area. Please let us know in advance if you anticipate a lengthy bus ride so that a restroom stop can be scheduled prior to the beginning of your tour.
Admission prices vary depending on the tour option selected. Complimentary admission is provided for tour escort and bus driver.
Upon entering the lobby of the Museum, you will find a gallery of flags and arms, with the admissions desk for ticketing and information on your right. While in the museum, we invite visitors to see an eight minute video on George Washington during the French and Indian War. Begin your tour in the History Gallery, which houses numerous artifacts excavated from the site to tell the story of the Forbes army stationed in a frontier fort.
The most recent and permanent exhibit, The World Ablaze, An Introduction to the Seven Years’ War, represents a significant addition to the permanent collections of Fort Ligonier, especially in British, French and Native American items. The new collection includes everything from a 1760 “red coat” uniform to elephant trunk armor from India.
The Fort itself includes nine furnished buildings, an extensive collection of newly cast bronze canons taken from 18th century patterns, carts and military wagons, as well as three Conestoga wagons.
An Educator will take your group on a walking tour of the outdoor historic site. An outer retrenchment (log wall), surrounds the fort. The inner fort is defended by four bastions and accessed by three gates; inside you will tour the Officers’ Mess, Barracks, Quartermaster, Hospital exhibit, Underground Magazine, Commissary, and Officers’ Quarters, as well as General Forbes’s hut. Other external buildings include the Pennsylvania hospital (two wards and a surgeon’s hut), a smokehouse, bake ovens, a log dwelling and a forge.
A Behind the Scenes Tour gives the audience a glimpse into the collections with the Director. Hear stories of the thirteen original portraits in the Art Gallery, see the archeological exhibits in the History Gallery, and discover over 300 artifacts from around the world in the permanent exhibit, The World Ablaze, An Introduction to the Seven Years’ War.
Visitors will be seated in the Art Gallery for a presentation about the Young George Washington. See Washington’s original Remarks, which is the only autobiography he ever wrote, the Rembrandt Peale portrait of young George Washington and the saddle pistols Washington carried throughout the American Revolutionary War.
For security reasons and to protect the collections, photography is not permitted in the Museum. However, photography is encouraged in the fort and on the fort grounds.
Be sure to allow time for your group to browse and shop in Fort Ligonier’s Museum Store for souvenirs, books, and gift items.
Fort Ligonier’s Museum and Store are handicapped accessible. The Fort is located on a hill; arrangements can be made for groups to be dropped off at a gated entrance on the top of the hill, if necessary.
If your group is delayed and expects to be more than 15 minutes late, please contact us by phone, (724) 238-9701.