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 museum provides a unique field trip experience that will introduce them to maritime history, the Industrial Revolution, and the 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.
 
For field trip information, visit www.waterfrontmuseum.org/tours.
For a calendar of events and activities, visit www.waterfrontmuseum.org/events.
 
Contact Info
Address: Pier 44, 290 Conover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11231. Kings County.
 
Tel: 718-624-4719.
 
 
 
Hrs: Visit by appt. Schedule of events upon request.
 
SCHOOLS
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 hand-picked children who have excelled and earned a reward, which entitles them to a trip back to the barge. View the field trip flyer
 
Contact Info
Contact: David Sharps, 718-624-4719 ext. 11.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Group Size: 55-149.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Performances.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-1.25 hours.
 
Cost: $10 per person - private schools, $9 per person - public schools.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies, Science.
Topics Covered: Industrial Revolution, geography, history, trade, water quality, maritime history.
 
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
Contact: David Sharps, 718-624-4719 ext. 11.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: 55-149.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Performances.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-1.25 hours. 
 
Cost: $10 per person - private schools, $9 per person - public schools.
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: Industrial Revolution, geography, history, trade, water quality, maritime history.
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschoolers will to learn 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 on a field trip to the Waterfront Museum. Homeschool groups will also see the Captain’s living quarters, tools used by the ship’s unloading crew, and more. View the field trip flyer
 
Contact Info
Contact: David Sharps, 718-624-4719 ext. 11.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: 55-149.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Performances.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-1.25 hours.
 
Cost: $10 per person - private schools, $9 per person - public schools.
 
Topics Covered: Industrial Revolution, geography, history, trade, water quality, maritime history, science.