Waterfront Museum

 
The Waterfront Museum is a “floating classroom and showboat barge” housed aboard the last remaining covered wooden barge, restored and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A National Park Service ”National Maritime Education Initiative” award winner, the barge provides a unique field trip experience that will introduce groups to maritime history, the Industrial Revolution, and transportation in 20th-century America. Groups will also experience the exciting story of the rescue of Barge #79 by a clown/juggler, and enjoy the captain’s showboat performance. 
 
 
Contact Info
Address: Pier 44, 290 Conover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11231. Kings County.
Tel: 718-624-4719.
Hrs: By appointment.
 
SCHOOL
The Waterfront Museum allows students to learn first-hand about the geography of NYC’s Harbor, the history of the Tug and Barge “Lighterage Era” (1860-1984), and how commercial goods were transported prior to today’s bridges and tunnels. Students will also see the Captain’s living quarters, tools used by the ship’s unloading crew, and more. The "Juggling for Fun" Workshop experience is also available as an opportunity to offer a special achievement award for a dozen handpicked children who have excelled and earned a reward, which entitles them to a trip back to the barge. 
 
Contact Info
Name: David.
Phone: 718-624-4719 ext. 11.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: geography, history, Industrial Revolution, maritime history, trade, water quality.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Min. 20, max. 149.
Program Type: Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Performances.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 8:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: No eating onboard the barge but adjacent pier available weather permitting
Cost: Fee. $12 Private School, $10 Public School, $9 Title One.
Title I or Financial Support: $9 for Title I schools.
Accessibility: Handicap accessible.
 
SCOUTS
Scouts can work towards American Business badges as they learn about the Industrial Revolution aboard Barge #79. Field trips will cover commercial goods, trade, and more in relation to the shipping industry.
 
Contact Info
Name: David.
Phone: 718-624-4719 ext. 11.
 
Supports Scout Badges In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: geography, history, Industrial Revolution, maritime history, trade, water quality.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Min. 20, max. 149.
Program Type: Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Performances.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: 8:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: No eating onboard the barge but adjacent pier available weather permitting
Cost: Fee.
Accessibility: Handicap accessible.
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschoolers can explore the geography of New York Harbor, the history of the Tug and Barge “Lighterage Era” (1860-1984), and how commercial goods were transported prior to today’s bridges and tunnels. They will also see the Captain’s living quarters, tools used by the ship’s unloading crew, and other exhibits.
 
Contact Info
Name: David.
Phone: 718-624-4719 ext. 11.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: geography, history, Industrial Revolution, maritime history, trade, water quality.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Min. 20, max. 149.
Program Type: Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Performances.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 8:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: No eating onboard the barge but adjacent pier available weather permitting
Cost: Fee.
Accessibility: Handicap accessible.

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