Field Trips & Remote Field Trips

In-Person Field Trips

Penobscot Marine Museum continues to limit access to the museum for large groups and in-person spaces. If you’re interested in an in-person field trip, please contact Jeana at to discuss your options.

Remote Field Trips

PMM staff are happy to work with you to create a fantastic remote field trip for your students! Remote field trips are free.

Programs listed below include a 20-30 minute program and a suggested activity.

  • Working the Bay – Students will explore how Penobscot Bay’s natural resources contributed to a vibrant and diverse local economy. Students will discover the tools used in the 19th-century timber, stone, and ice industries and conduct an ice experiment.
  • Lobsters! – Using clips from exhibit visits and historical photos, students will discover the history of lobstering in Maine. This program also touches on lobster biology, conservation, and lobstering today.
  •  Life at Sea – In the second half of the 1800s, many Searsport and Maine residents went to sea! Students will hear stories about children at sea, zoom in on intriguing photographs, and find out about what a sailor’s life was like.
  • Life at Sea for early learners – Mr. Ropes, a puppet character based on an actual cat who sailed on board the MABEL I. MEYERS from Boston to Buenos Aires, will talk about what life was like at sea. The program will also include photographs. Recommended for pre-K to 1st grade.
  • Town Meeting – Students use local primary sources such as petitions, letters, and receipts to discover what problems townspeople were working to solve around 1870. After talking about Town Meeting, students play out a real life scenario of a town meeting from around 1870, creating a budget for the town and trying to solve four issues that town members have brought up.     
  • Port Paintings – Just like we take pictures of our adventures today, 19th-century sea captains commissioned paintings of their ships in foreign ports. Students will see examples of port paintings in a program that combines art, history, and a little geography!
  • Artifact Close-up – Do we have an artifact in the PMM collection that relates to what you’re teaching in class? Let’s examine it up close! (No suggested activity)

PMM staff can also provide a pre-recorded video on YouTube or Google Drive. Check out our videos on Youtube for inspiration! For young learners, we have puppet shows and Jr. Adventurers. Older learners will enjoy Peek into Paintings.

To find out more or schedule a remote field trip, email

This programming has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit the National Endowment for the Humanities website here