School Programs

School Field Trip Programs

“…the children loved it!” – Ms. Diana, teacher

“Thank you so much for a fun day!” – Miss Stephanie, teacher

“You made learning about shipbuilding really fun!” – Levey Day School Student

• Maine Maritime Museum education programs use experiential learning to create fun hands-on activities and outcomes that align with State of Maine Learning Results.

• The beauty of Maine Maritime Museum subject matter is the ability to address the content areas of both social studies and science & technology.

• Our programs can be applied to your day’s learning objectives, and are flexible enough to achieve performance benchmarks.

• Our new 6,220-square-foot lobster fishery exhibit, the 20-acre shipbuilding yard with original buildings, and a collection of over 20,000 artifacts allows us to do everything from “hauling” lobster traps, to exploring the area on our tour boat, to hand-augering treenail holes for a wooden vessel. We want students to have fun and gain useful knowledge through your Maine Maritime Museum experience.

• At the conclusion of a tour or program, classes are welcome to explore the museum and grounds on a self-guided basis.

2019 / 2020 School Year Programs


Building a Wooden Vessel
Grades: 3-12
The last existing shipbuilding yard for massive wooden vessels in the United States is the perfect place to facilitate understanding of basic engineering challenges, the people who dealt with them, and the tools they used. Students gain knowledge of why this industry flourished because of Maine’s geography, the diversity of people who built these vessels, and how these methods of construction inform shipbuilding today at the Bath Iron Works. Activities include working as a team to build a wooden vessel model, the use of period tools such as augers to drill holes for foot-long wood trunnel nails, and caulking irons for sealing a hull.

Sailors at Sea
Grades: 1-6
Being a sailor was, and still is, an adventurous high stakes profession that takes fascinating skills to survive and prosper. In this program we will explore the culture, diversity, and history of this difficult profession. Students will gain an understanding of how Maine’s geography makes seamanship forever a part of its culture. Activities like unpacking a sea chest, team hauling on an anchor capstan, singing a sea chantey, and an examination of what could be expected for sailor cuisine all make our heritage tangible for students. Let us know if there is a particular vessel or sailing story you would like us to cover during the program.


Lobstering & The Maine Coast (Seasonal Availability)
Grades: 2-12
Our completely renovated and redesigned 6,200 square-foot Lobstering and the Maine Coast exhibit is a great place for students to learn about Maine’s most economically important fishery. Students will gain an understanding of the current science behind lobstering, the history of the fishery, the American Lobster species, the social history of Maine lobstermen, and fishery management. This program engages students with hands-on activities like “hauling” a trap, preparing gear for fishing, and the “Lobstermen’s Challenge Course”.

Class Sizes, Length of Program Options, & Trip Logistics

A. One Class On-Site
90-minute program
If two classes arrive at the same time and each want a 90-minute program, the other classes are welcome to explore the museum on their own as they wait for their program. A maximum of two 90-minute classes per school per day.

B. Two Classes On-Site at the Same Time
One class does a 60-minute program, and one does a 60-minute Self-guided Artifact Scavenger Hunt & Self-guided Museum Tour (grades 1-8), or Nautical Activity & Self-guided Museum Tour (Grades 9-12), then classes rotate.

C. Three Classes On-Site at the Same Time                                                                                One class does a 60-minute program, one does a 60-minute self-guided Artifact Scavenger Hunt & Self-guided Museum Tour (grades 1-8), or Self-guided Museum Tour (Grades 9-12), one does a 60-minute Nautical Activity, then rotate all classes through each segment.

Program Prices

A. Non-boat cruise programs: $7.50 per student or a minimum of $100

Complimentary admission is applied to one teacher or adult per every 10 students. Admission for additional adults is at the reduced museum admission rate of $13 per person, or the off-season reduced rate of $9.50.

Ticket To Ride State Bus Funding: $300 per school year for all schools, and up to $500 per school year with over 50% free and reduced school lunch.
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Additional Programs

Student Tour (45 minutes, $6 per student)
Have one of our docents guide your class through the historic Percy & Small Shipyard, birthplace of some of America’s largest wooden vessels. The techniques of design and building a wooden sailing vessel are revealed as the students tour original historic shipyard buildings.

1-hour Boat Cruise ($14 per student, groups of 25 or less, 12 pm and 2 pm, seasonal availability)
Enjoy a narrated boat cruise up the Kennnebec River and past the Bath Iron Works shipyard. A maximum of 60 persons on the vessel at once is permitted.

In-School Programs

Give us a call to talk about what we can do for your class!

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