South Street Seaport Museum

Discover “where New York begins”  through the South Street Seaport Museum's tall ships and gallery programs, sailing trips, and walking tours. Through fun hands-on activities, visitors experience how the Seaport evolved over the past four centuries, giving rise to the metropolis we know today and changing the history of our region.  School groups, camp groups, Scout groups and homeschool groups can choose from among many exciting offerings on land and on the water.  Family programs are also available.  Our lower-Manhattan campus includes five historic ships of various sizes, galleries, original buildings, and a print shop where visitors can try out printing the old-fashioned way. Other educational offerings include hands-on dockside ecology programs, explorations of the science of ships, and even sailing the harbor aboard our 1885 schooner Pioneer. Feel the thrill of sailing, and learn about sailors, crew and cargo, international trade, and more at the South Street Seaport Museum.
  
 
Contact Info
Address: 12 Fulton St., New York, NY 10038. New York County.
Tel: 212-748-8568.
 
SCHOOL
The Museum’s programs allow students to learn social studies and STEM through hands-on activities. Study primary sources, view artifacts, and dig for archaeological clues. Raise a sail, learn how to use a chart and compass, and experiment with simple machines. Learn marine ecology with live organisms. Discover traces of Lenape and early Dutch settlements, or walk the path of Alexander Hamilton in the American Revolution. Sail schooner Pioneer, and see the Statue of Liberty and learn about ecology and history.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 212-748-8568.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: Pre-K-12th.
Group Size: Varies.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies per program.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: Limited scholarships available.
Accessible To: VI, LD, ASD.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Social Studies, STEM.
Topics Covered: social studies, economics, geography,  New York history, colonial history, navigation, math, geometry, maritime history, sailing, STEM, ecology, marine biology, African American History, simple machines, graphic arts, printing, archaeology, immigration, transportation, ecosystems, international trade, map work, teamwork and community building.
 
 
SCOUTS
Scouts can work on badges and projects in social studies and STEM through fun hands-on activities in our galleries and on our ships. Dig for archaeological clues. Print on a 19th century printing press. Raise a sail.  Navigate with a mariner’s compass. Experiment with simple machines. Learn marine ecology with live organisms.  The Museum also offers sailing trips that will allow your Scouts to work as a team to raise sail while they learn local ecology and view New York Harbor the historic way.  All programs can be customized for your needs.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 212-748-8568.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: Pre-K-12th.
Group Size: Varies.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: Varies per program.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessible To: VI, LD, ASD.
 
Supports Scout Badges In: Science, Social Studies
Topics Covered: social studies, economics, geography,  New York history, colonial history, navigation, math, geometry, maritime history, sailing, STEM, ecology, marine biology, African American History, simple machines, graphic arts, printing, archaeology, immigration, transportation, ecosystems, international trade, map work, teamwork and community building.
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool families can book gallery, dockside, and shipboard programs with activities in social studies and STEM. Study primary sources, view artifacts, and dig for archaeological clues. Raise a sail, learn how to use a nautical chart and compass, and experiment with simple machines. Learn marine ecology with live organisms. Discover traces of Dutch settlements, the Revolutionary War, and slavery and emancipation on our walking tours. We also offer Homeschool Days when smaller groups can join together to sail schooner Pioneer.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 212-748-8568.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: Pre-K-12th.
Group Size: Varies
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies per program.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessible To: VI, LD, ASD.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Social Studies, STEM.
Topics Covered: social studies, economics, geography,  New York history, colonial history, navigation, math, geometry, maritime history, sailing, STEM, ecology, marine biology, African American History, simple machines, graphic arts, printing, archaeology, immigration, transportation, ecosystems, international trade, map work, teamwork and community building.

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