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Field Trips

Our field trip programs are designed to encourage discovery and wonder while inspiring critical and creative thinking.

Maine Maritime Museum is an experiential education facility where students engage in hands-on exploration and discovery that aligns with current State of Maine Learning Results. Our professionally trained educators are dedicated to working with teachers to provide learning experiences tailored to their students’ needs. Utilizing the museum’s collection of more than 21,000 artifacts, our 20-acre waterfront campus, the historic Percy & Small Shipyard, and our cruise boat Merrymeeting, we are uniquely positioned to bring learning to life.

Educators can choose from a variety of educational programming options, including: Self-Guided Exploration, Guided Tours, Themed 90-Minute Programs, and a Narrated Boat Cruise.

As part of every tour and program, classes are welcome to take as much time as they like exploring the museum and grounds.

Programs, Prices & Scheduling

For more information and to make a reservation:
Luke Gates-Milardo, Educator
milardo@maritimeme.org
(207) 443-1316 x325

Building a Wooden Vessel: Grades 2-12

The only surviving historic shipyard for wooden vessels in the U.S.
is the perfect place to understand the engineering challenges, the
people who solved them, and the tools they used. Students learn
why this industry flourished in Maine due to geography and its
people, and how this history informs Bath Iron Works today.
Students work as teams to build a model wooden vessel, use period
augers to drill holes and set treenails (wooden nails), and try
caulking irons to seal a hull.

Ice Trade: Grades 4-12

In its heyday, Maine’s ice trade was more profitable than
California’s gold rush. Students examine ice-harvesting tools,
handle real ice, and engage in a schooner shipping race to learn
how this little-known industry revolutionized fishing and trade
around the world.

Sailors at Sea: Grades 1-6

Being a sailor was–and is–an adventurous, high-stakes profession
requiring special skills to survive and prosper. Students tour the
galleries to learn why Maine’s geography makes seamanship a part
of our culture. They also unpack a sea chest, work as a team to haul
an anchor capstan, sing a sea chantey, and examine sailor cuisine.

Lobstering & The Maine Coast: Grades 2-12

Our 6,200-square-foot Lobstering and the Maine Coast exhibit is
the perfect place for students to learn about the American Lobster
species and the history and science of lobstermen, their industry,
and fishery management. Students “haul” a trap, prepare fishing
gear, and negotiate the “Lobstermen’s Challenge Course.” Available April – October

Shipwreck Detective: Grades 2-8

Home to over 1,300 shipwrecks, the Maine coast is a treasure trove
for marine archaeologists and underwater explorers. Students
examine artifacts to understand the technologies, risks, and
preservation efforts involved in uncovering shipwrecks, then search
for clues, plot notes, and solve the mystery of a staged shipwreck.
Available April – October

 

Themed Educational Program:

Includes regular museum admission plus your choice of a 90-minute program
-Fewer than 15 students: $100 total
-15 or more students: $10 per student with one free adult for every ten students
-$14 for each additional adult

Contact us to discuss additional offerings!

Two students on a boat

Enjoy a two-hour cruise with interactive lessons on the industrial, environmental, and indigenous history of the Kennebec River and Merrymeeting Bay. A maximum of 60 people are permitted on the
vessel at once. Available mid-May-October, weather permitting.

Fewer than 15 students: $330 minimum
15 or more students: $22 per student with one free adult for every ten students
$35 for each additional adult

 

For more information and to make a reservation:
Luke Gates-Milardo, Educator
milardo@maritimeme.org
(207) 443-1316 x325

Independent exploration of galleries and shipyard; scavenger hunts available at front desk; shipyard closed during winter conditions.

All students 17 and under: Free with one free adult for every ten students.
$14 each additional adult

For more information and to make a reservation:
Luke Gates-Milardo, Educator
milardo@maritimeme.org
(207) 443-1316 x325

Maine Maritime Museum