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Museum Visit

Museum to You

Why visit The Whaling Museum?   

Our trips are organized. Zero chaos. Our activities are hands-on (literally). Imagine touching the real thing! Our programs are student-centered.

Our programs are facilitated by educators who are either certified or pursuing certification and want to share their passion with kids!

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Why invite us To visit your school? 

$ave on busing costs.

We bring artifacts out to enhance your curricula. Your students can explore the real deal!

No time lost travelling.

Students receive passes to visit the museum.

Generously Sponsored in Part by:

The Town of Huntington


Museum Visit

Museum to You $200

$7 Student


1 Program 2 Programs Each Program 45 Min

Includes Project • 90 Min

Wonderful Whales Learn about all things whale! Touch amazing whale bones, baleen from a whale’s mouth, and giant whale teeth. Discover how whales move, and explore the museum’s collections through rotating stations. Learn about some whale anatomy by creating a paper whale puppet to swim home with.

new & improved craft!

Arctic Animals Learn about the world of ice and blubbery animals. Students try an ice melting experiment, touch an Inuit snow knife, see walrus tusks, and create an icy masterpiece by painting with colored ice cubes. Finish the visit by creating an arctic snowglobe craft.

Bones ‘n Fossils Learn about fossils and find out how they tell us clues about a world long ago. Students discover shark tooth shapes, unearth their own toothy fossil, and use their findings to create a shark-tooth necklace.

Little Conchologists Little ones become scientists as they explore the beautiful world of shells. Students touch a snail or hermit crab, learn about shell shapes in a classification activity, see a Sailor’s Valentine, and use shells to create their own art.

Conchologists in the Classroom What happens when you put a shell in vinegar? (It will bubble! The acid reacts with the calcium in the shells to produce carbon dioxide. Over time, vinegar will dissolve shells.)  What happens if you leave a shell in vinegar for a few days? A week?  Test vinegar’s effect on different shells. Are the results different? Why?  What do you think happens when acid rain pollutes the ocean? 3

Museum Visit

$6 Student • 60 min $6 Student With Project: $8.50 • 90 min $8.50 with Project

Museum to You $200


1 Program 2 Programs Each Program 45 Min

Wonder of Whales Discover the marvelous world of the largest animals ever to live, and the products people made from them. Students explore how whales have adapted to live in their ocean environment by understanding whale biology, touching real whale bones, looking at whale teeth, and touching baleen from a whale’s mouth. Explore the museum’s collections through organized station rotations. Film included.

Add-on Projects

Scrimshaw Carving  Students try their own hands at carving scrimshaw, a sailor’s classic folk craft out of whale teeth. Our most popular craft! Whale Anatomy Puppets  One blowhole or two? Teeth or baleen? Students explore whale anatomy and body design and create paper whale puppets.

I Sea A Habitat Most of our planet is ocean - learn about the sea as an incredible habitat! Students will explore the amazing lives of animals who live in the water and will discover adaptations of marine life. Students will explore stations around the museum exploring ways sea creatures survive in their habitats.

Add-on Project

Ocean Habitat Globes  Students apply their findings about ways ocean habitats support life and create their own imaginative, sparkly seascapes in a ‘globe.’

Marine Biologists in the Classroom Test blubber’s insulation. Partially fill a Ziploc bag with shortening to create a Blubber Bag; tuck a clean Ziploc bag inside, put your hand inside the bag, and insert in ice water. Your hand stays warm! Fats are insulators because of their high density and low thermal conductivity. Blubber also requires less blood supply. Try the same experiment with sand, feathers, cotton balls, tissues, etc. and chart the results. 4

Museum Visit

Museum to You

$6 Student • 60 min $6 Student With Project: $8.50 • 90 min $8.50 with Project



1 Program 2 Programs Each Program 45 Min

Whalers & Whaling th

Explore the lives of 19 century whalers and the importance of whaling in American history, especially on Long Island. Students learn the how, why, and when of whale hunting, explore authentic nautical artifacts used on whaling ships up close, and understand the need for whale conservation today.

our most popular program

Add-on Projects

Scrimshaw Carving  Students try their own hands at carving scrimshaw, a sailor’s classic folk craft out of whale teeth. Our most popular craft! Ship in a Bottle  Try a student-friendly version of the traditional maritime hobby, the ship-in-a-bottle.

My Life on a WhaleShip Students take on specific personalities such as the Captain, Captain’s Wife, Harpooner, Cabin Boy, and the Cook to understand the triumphs and rewards of being out at sea on a whaling voyage. Students touch artifacts used aboard ships and rotate through stations around the museum’s collection.

Add-on Projects 

Scrimshaw and Ship in a Bottle (see above).

Pack Your Sea Chest in the Classroom In the 1850s, whaling voyages could last 3-4 years (the record was 11 years!). Discuss some of the personal items the crew could bring, which had to fit into a personal sea chests. Have each student bring in an empty shoe box; paint to look like a chest; students can draw inside (or create miniatures) what they would bring with them if going on a journey. (Boxes can also be used to organize school supplies!) 5

Museum Visit

$6 Student • 60 min $6 Student With Project: $8.50 • 90 min $8.50 with Project

Museum to You $200


1 Program 2 Programs Each Program 45 Min

Ocean Bones and Fossils Students journey back in time with world of bones and fossils in a fun and engaging environment where they touch remnants of prehistoric oceans, including trilobites, explore giant whale bones, and handle fossilized shark teeth.

Add-on Projects

Shark Fossil Excavation  Students strap their goggles on to excavate their own real shark tooth fossils, and then cast their own fossils from their findings to take home. Owl Pellet Dissection  Students roll up their sleeves and work in partners to dissect owl pellets and reconstruct a rodent skeleton.

Marine Machines Discover the art and science behind the simple machine! Students will explore the museum through the eyes of an engineer, discovering ingenious machines used aboard ships, including pulleys, levers, and screws. Uncover the innovation that made the harpoon what it is today.

Add-on Project

Build a Boat Workshop  Culminate the visit by designing sailing ships out of wood, using the principles of balance and scale to create a seaworthy vessel.

Paleontologists in the Classroom Fossils of footprints are called trace fossils and can teach us about animal behavior from long ago. Have students draw a scene of prehistoric footprints. Trade papers with a partner, and have the partner tell infer in story form his/her interpretation of the scene, supporting their inferences by explaining how they reached their conclusion.  Pass on to a third partner. Is their interpretation different? Why? 6

Museum FullVisit Day Museum Visit Full Day Museum Visit $6 Student $12 Project Student $8.50 with

• 3.5—4 Hours

A Sailor’s Day

Bring Enjoy a day of history brought to life! Students explore what a lunch! whaler’s life was like aboard a whaling ship by spending the day examining artifacts, tools, and whale items, exploring nautical culture, and exploring the museum’s collections. Students carve scrimshaw to take home, break for lunch, and then enjoy a walking tour through Main Street of Cold Spring Harbor and learn the stories and personalities behind the 19th century homes of Cold Spring Harbor. Programs run 10:00 - 1:30 / 2:00 pm.

Historical Cooks in the Classroom Ship Biscuits, or Hard Tack, were hard crackers eaten by whalers during most meals. Stored for years on board, whalers would soften the hard tack in soups and stews. Mix and knead 2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon shortening, and 1/2 cup water. Use a rolling pin (or hands) to flatten dough to 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough into squares; prick with a toothpick. Bake at 350 for 30 min (or take home to bake). Enjoy! 7

Extra Museum to You Programs $200 $380

1 Program

2 Programs

45 min

Bones Inside and Out Explore exoskeletons and endoskeletons in the natural world. Touch whalebones and teeth, meet a live buggy creature, and learn how sailors would carve folk art on whalebone. Students carve scrimshaw keepsakes. American Indians on Long Island Learn about Long Island’s earliest communities. Touch an array of American Indian artifacts, including an oil lamp and locally found arrowheads. Students create arrowhead necklaces or oil lamps (specify choice when booking). Older groups have the option of creating corn husk figures. Life Long Ago on the Island Get a taste for life in the 19th century! Zip back in time as students try historical toys, explore artifacts from the museum’s collection, write with a quill, find out why whale oil was important, and create a historical craft. Sensational Shells Students discover a beautiful diversity of shelled creatures and creations. Meet a hermit crab and create a Sailor’s Valentine, a shelled craft of the 1800s.

More outreach offerings online @! Historical Cooks in the Classroom

Before Gatorade, there was Switchel! Switchel originated in the West Indies and became a popular drink in US Colonies. In the 1800’s, it was a popular summertime drink (farmers called it Haymaker’s Punch.) Combine 1 cup light brown sugar, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup light molasses, 1 tbsp ground ginger, and 2 quarts cold water. Stir well and enjoy! 8

Museum Visit

$6 Student • 60 min $6 Student With Project: $8.50 • 90 min $8.50 with Project

Museum to You $200


1 Program 2 Programs Each Program 45 Min

Moby Dick at the Museum | A Whaler’s Life Enrich your students’ study of the classic novel by seeing the tools of the whaling industry, understanding the crew’s life and roles aboard a whaling ship during Melville’s time. If focusing on Moby Dick, students match artifacts to quotes from the novel. If focusing on whalers lives, students journey through museum stations as captains to crew members. Historical walking tour option available. Please call for details.

Add-on Projects

Scrimshaw Carving:  Students try their own hands at carving scrimshaw, a sailor’s classic folk craft.

In the Heart of the Sea After a whale sinks The Essex in 1820, its crew is stranded at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home. Braving storms, starvation, and despair, the surviving men are pushed to their limits to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Come see and explore the artifacts in the book In the Heart of the Sea, focusing on the whaleboat as an object that tells a story.

Add-on Projects

LogBooks Students will take on a character role and document their life at sea in a “log book” they’ll keep to continue journaling in the classroom as you delve into the history of whaling.

Sea Art Discover folk arts born at sea from the hands of hard-working whalers. Students view utilitarian and creative objects crafted from whalebone and baleen as they discuss principles of art and design along with the culture of the sea.

Add-on Projects

Scrimshaw in Depth  Students take an in-depth look at scrimshaw, including use of lines, negative space, and create their own examples. 9

Museum Visit

Museum to You

$65 Half Day $125 Whole Day

Please contact us for pricing

Our Museum Educators will provide teachers with pedagogical support, lesson plans, and creative activities, either at the museum or at your school.

Teaching With Objects: Visual Thinking Strategies Delve into how teacher-facilitated discussions can provide students with the problem-solving skills they need to become independent thinkers. Achieve the Common Core Standards of thinking skills that can transfer from lesson to lesson, achieve visual and written literacy, and encourage students to be able to collaborate in a meaningful way with their peers.

Whaling Crash Course Explore the who, what, why, when and where of Long Island whaling and its impact on local communities. Gain strategies for teaching about a difficult subject matter and making the lessons of our whaling past meaningful today.

Hands-on History in the Classroom Need an energizing refresher to teaching dusty, long-ago topics? Gain new strategies to make history fun, exciting, and relevant today. Use visual thinking skills to transfer learning the human side of history across diverse disciplines.

Marine Biologists in the Classroom The ocean is the greatest resource on Earth. Roll up your sleeves and dive into an array of fun experiments and doable, inexpensive activities to bring into your classroom, encouraging the next generation to be environmental stewards of the sea. 10

Group Size


10 child minimum; 110 child maximum. Homeschoolers quite welcome.

Chaperones Prek-K 1 chaperone per 5 children admitted free; additional adults are $5. All other grades: 3 adults, including the teacher, per class admitted free; additional adults are $5.

We’re BOCES approved in Nassau and Suffolk Counties!

Timing Classes generally begin at 10:00 am; earlier or later visits welcome.

Lunch Your group may eat their lunches in our workshop; there is a 50 cents per student charge (to compensate for extra staff time and cleanup). Lunch will add approximately 20-25 minutes to your program. There is no lunch charge for students attending A Sailor’s Day, an all-day program.

Confirmation & Pre-Visit Materials Confirmation will be sent to you upon scheduling your visit. Pre-visit guides with information and activities are sent with your confirmation.

Cancellations & Inclement Weather If you must cancel a visit, please call us as early as possible. The Museum is closed when the Huntington School District is closed due to inclement weather.

Accessibility We are fully accessible. Please inform us of any special needs when making your booking so our instructors can be best prepared in advance.

Payment We accept cash in person, credit card, school checks, and teacher’s personal checks. We are BOCES-approved.

Questions & Bookings


Scheduling & Reservations: x10 Education Staff: x16


museum store Kid-Sized | Kid-Friendly Kid-Priced! During museum visits, small groups of students visit the gift shop for a few minutes; any purchases are efficient and coordinated. Most items range from 50 cents to five dollars. Proceeds from the gift shop directly support our educational programming. Thank you.

student art Exhibit your students’ artwork at The Whaling Museum! The museum accepts student artwork exploring nautical, historical, or marine themes for display at the museum. Different medias are accepted. Please contact our Education Manager at 631-367-3418 x16.

teacher discounts Museum Store Coming for a visit? Enjoy 15% off gift shop items for use in the classroom. Please show your Teacher’s ID when making a purchase.

Membership You know how awesome class trips are here - but did you know it’s a terrific resource for you and your family? Enjoy 15% off an Individual, Partner, or Family-level membership for a year full of fun discoveries. Visit for membership details. Please include a copy of your NY State teaching license.

The Museum reserves the right to change or revoke an offer at any time.


Museum Visit

$10$6 Scout • 90 min Student Adults $8.50 with Free Project

Museum to You Please contact us for details.

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Girl Scouts Brownie Badges Senses • Wonders of Water Save Water • Home Scientist Bugs • Household Elf Letterboxing • Product Designer Junior Badges Animal Habitats • Get Moving: Energize • Jeweler Detective • Flowers • Night Owl • Playing the Past Cadette & Senior Badges Textile Artist • Science of Style

Cub Scouts Making My Family Special • Map & Compass • Science • Art American Indian Lore • The Past is Exciting and Important Other Historical Crafts & Workshops: Lighthouses • Ship in a Bottle • Scrimshaw • Sailor’s Valentines

OVERNIGHTS! Join us for an unforgettable night at the museum! Details online.

Investigators in the Classroom How do whales dive without breathing—sometimes more than an hour? Whales’ muscles have much higher concentrations of myoglobin, which stores “emergency” oxygen (humans rely mostly on hemoglobin). Have students predict how long they can flex their index finger repeatedly before they tire. Chart the results. When and why did their fingers tire? If they were whales, how would myoglobin help them? (What muscle in the human body has the most myoglobin? The heart!) 13


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