Plan a Field Trip

Scheduling: Call or email Education Director, Chelsea Sams :  or 978-768-6441.

Pricing: The price for school groups is $9.00 per child for groups of 52 students or fewer. Museum memberships and passes are not valid for field trips. Please contact the Education Director for groups of more than 52 students.

Program Outline: Students are divided into small groups to allow each student multiple opportunities for hands-on practice. The groups cycle through different learning stations, each introducing vocabulary and objects through demonstration and participation to support an idea or process. Groups generally rotate through three or four learning stations based on age and grade. Some of the learning stations are:

  • Frame Design                                       
  • Steam Bending
  • Trunnel Making  
  • Simple Machines 
  • Schoolhouse Scavenger Hunt
  • Additional/Alternate Activity
  • Visit to the Old Burying Ground

Chaperones: The Museum requires a chaperone for every ten school age children. Chaperones/teachers are not charged admission.

Payment: Please contact the Education Director prior to your visit regarding billing and invoicing options.

Cancellation Policy: Should you need to cancel your visit, please contact us immediately at 978-768-6441 or

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum's school education program supports Massachusetts Curriculum Framework learning standards.

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum's school education program supports the following Massachusetts Curriculum Framework learning standards:

History and Social Science Curriculum Framework

3.12 Explain how objects or artifacts of everyday life in the past tell us how ordinary people lived and how everyday life has changed. Draw on the services of the local historical society and museums as needed. (H,G,E)

5.11 Explain the importance of maritime commerce in the development of the economy of colonial Massachusetts using historical societies and museums as needed. (H,E)

    A  the fishing and shipbuilding industries                                                      

    B  trans-Atlantic trade    

    C  the port cities of New Bedford, Newburyport, Gloucester, Salem, and Boston

Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework

1.2  Identify and explain the appropriate materials and tools (e.g. hammer, screwdriver, pliers, tape measure, screws, nails, and other mechanical fasteners) to construct a given prototype safely.

1.3 Identify and explain the difference between simple and complex machines. e.g. hand can opener that includes multiple gears, wheel, wedge, gear and lever.