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The Hermitage launches new VIP tour

Staff Reports • Updated Aug 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM

NASHVILLE – Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage launched a brand-new VIP tour to give visitors an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the home of the seventh president. 

The VIP tour, launched Tuesday, is a way for American history fans to experience one of the top-rated and most authentically preserved presidential homes in the country.

Led by an experienced guide, the VIP tour allows groups of up to 12 guests to explore the Hermitage with special access to parts of the mansion not included in the general’s tour. During the tour, VIP guests are given more in-depth information about the history of objects, what took place in the rooms and the decorative arts and their preservation. In addition to all general admission ticket amenities, the VIP tour includes a 90-minute guided tour of the Hermitage mansion and grounds, including visits to Jackson’s tomb and Rachel’s garden, exclusive VIP access to the mansion balcony for breathtaking views of the grounds and self-guided tour of the award-winning “Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm” exhibit.

“The new VIP tour provides a deeper look into Jackson’s life and a better understanding of his legacy in a more personal setting,” said Howard Kittell, president and CEO of the Hermitage. “We are always looking for new and engaging ways to tell Jackson’s story. The VIP tours do this by giving visitors an opportunity to experience the Hermitage as never before.”

VIP tours are scheduled for Tuesday and Friday. Additional dates will be added. Each tour begins at 1 p.m. VIP tour tickets are $50 per person. To see the VIP tour schedule and purchase tickets, visit thehermitage.com.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is one of the largest, most well-preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, The Hermitage is one of America’s first presidential museums. The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with 27 historic buildings, including Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church and gardens. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as archaeology and the history of slavery have enhanced the experience of more than 180,000 annual visitors. Last year, the Hermitage launched its newest exhibit, Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm, which delves into the life of Andrew Jackson, including his military and presidential careers. For more information, visit thehermitage.com.

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