Museum Gallery Sessions

South Street Seaport Museum’s galleries – the artifacts , exhibits, and even the walls themselves – tell the story of the growth of New York from Dutch colonial outpost to thriving metropolis. Students visiting the museum galleries in our 200 year old building go back in time to learn about the past, the present, and the future.

What was life like here in Manhattan 350 years ago? And how do we know? Using primary sources such as images and documents, and hands-on work with artifacts, students peel back layers of history to learn about our city’s earliest days.
Look around in our Seaport neighborhood and out on the water. What do you see? What would you have seen in the year 1918? 1818? 1718? 1618? 1518? And how do we know? Students take their harbor observations into the museum galleries and compare the seaport now with historical images from years gone by. Through handling artifacts students further their understanding of the history of our community and how it developed.
In the late 19th century the Seaport was a busy place! Ships came in from all over the world, bringing people and cargo. A community of people of all backgrounds worked in the industries they supported – hotels, groceries, warehouses, print shops, shipping agents, and more. Children went to school and worked and played in the streets. Using primary sources, images, and artifacts, students explore what life was like in this vibrant community that grew to be modern New York.
Dig down, layer by layer in Manhattan. What do you find? Historical clues! Dig for artifacts and learn about the different kinds of people who lived here over the years, and how New York changed through time.

All programs are designed for groups of up to 34 students (40 people maximum including chaperones).

All programs are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, New York State Math, Science, and Technology Learning Standards, and New York State Social Studies Scope and Sequence. Programs can be customized to meet your curricular goals and the needs of your students.

Reservations and advance payment required. Limited scholarships are available.

To book a program, or for more information please e-mail or call 212-748-8753.