Field trips at the Penobscot Marine Museum

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The Penobscot Marine Museum brings Maine’s maritime culture to life on a 3-acre campus of historic buildings. Two indoor spaces are dedicated to hands-on activities (featuring 19th century life and the fishing industry), and all exhibits have child-friendly elements.

A large scale model of a ship’s mast, an authentic capstan and a ship’s wheel are in an outdoors exhibit. Raise and lower sails, haul up the anchor and steer the ship while learning what it was like to sail aboard one of Maine’s large wooden vessels.

Explore superb collections of marine art, historic boats, ship models, 19th century Asian export items, and an extensive exhibit of the history and industries of the Penobscot Bay area.

Field trips can be adapted to any age level. Are you interested in a particular topic, need to come at a different time, or don’t see what you’re looking for on this list? Please contact Jeana at jganskop@pmm-maine.org or 207-548-2529 x213 to schedule a custom field trip.

Standard Field Trip

Self-guided exploration of museum buildings

Required ratio for all programs: 1 teacher/chaperone per 8 students

Available only during regular museum hours*

*During scheduled events and outside regular museum hours (including times when PMM is closed to the public), child groups must pay the $5 group fee and schedule at least 2 weeks in advance, subject to availability

PMM Staff-Led Themes

There’s so much to see at the Penobscot Marine Museum, it may be too much for one trip. Focusing around a central theme, our staff will incorporate special hands-on activities and lessons with visits to three of our museum spaces.

Staff-led themes

  • Give students an immersive experience within the theme
  • Last 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Have set student number limits, but can be adapted for larger groups
  • To view the rest of the exhibits, students are welcome to remain on campus for a self-guided tour or return with their families on their own time

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. Includes a program with pictures and activities in Old Vestry followed by a scavenger hunt in the Working the Bay exhibit in the Merithew House, and a visit to the Fisheries exhibit in Old Town Hall. (60 student limit)

Fisheries of Maine

Cod, herring, salmon, lobsters, crabs, and more. What are the different kinds of finfish and shellfish harvested off the Maine Coast? Discover the tools and boats used and how fisheries have changed as technology, resources, and food preferences have evolved. Begins with a staff-led interactive activity on the different ways to catch fish and continues with a visit to Old Town Hall and a scavenger hunt in the boat barns. (60 students limit)

Life on Sea & on Shore

In the second half of the 1800s, life on the shores of Penobscot Bay was intimately connected with the shipping industry and many residents also went to sea! Discover what life was like on land and at sea by exploring a 19th century captain’s house and enjoying hands-on activities. Students will rotate through guided tours of the Fowler-True-Ross House, the Yard-in-the-Yard interactive, and hands-on experiences in the Savage Education Center. (30 students limit)

May Field Trip Week – May 12th-22nd, 2020

Get more out of your field trip by visiting PMM during the two weeks before PMM opens to the public.

Monday through Friday May 12th through May 22nd
8:30AM to 3:30PM

Options include:

  • Staff-led theme (choose 1: Working the Bay, Fisheries of Maine, or Life on Sea & on Shore)
  • Drop in crafts (up to 2: lighthouse, fish print, origami boat that floats, old-fashioned toy, port painting magnet)
  • Scavenger hunts (campus wide, boat shapes & functions, and/or paintings)
  • Self-guided tour
  • Yard-in-the-Yard staff-led activity

Field Trip Fees

Standard Field Trip: $1/student

PMM Staff-Led Theme: $1/student**

May Field Trip Week: $1/student**

1 teacher/chaperone per 8 students and one-on-one aids are free, additional adults are $10/person

Field Trip outside of regular museum hours: $5/person

**Friends of the Penobscot Marine Museum have generously supported a limited number of field trips for the 2019-2020 school year. Their contributions have subsidized the regular fee of $5/student.

*During scheduled events and outside regular museum hours (including times when PMM is closed to the public), child groups must pay the $5 group fee and schedule at least 2 weeks in advance, subject to availability.

Bus funding: Schools outside of Searsport are eligible for a $300 scholarship to support busing costs. Friends of the Penobscot Marine Museum have generously supported a limited number of field trips for the 2019-2020 school year.

Contact

Jeana Ganskop, Education Director, 207-548-2529 x213 or jganskop@pmm-maine.org

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