Visit the Museum’s Indoor Galleries
South Street Seaport Museum’s galleries—the artifacts, exhibits, and even the walls themselves—tell the story of the growth of New York from Lenape settlement to 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.
Please contact us below to be the first to receive updates on our schedule. Be sure to review our latest COVID-19 updates before your visit.
The Erie Canal and NYC – Returning 2024
90 minutes | Grades 9–adult
Before 1825, New York City was no different from any other East Coast port. The opening of the Erie Canal changed everything. Students will work with hands-on demonstrations of model wagons, barges, and canal locks, plus examine maps, artwork, artifacts, and primary sources. Discover how the Erie Canal turned New York City into the nation’s center of finance, and changed the entire United States.
All programs are designed for groups of up to 34 students (40 people maximum including chaperones). We do not recommend combining small classes into a large group.
All programs are aligned with New York City and State Social Studies and Science Learning Standards. Programs can be customized to meet your curricular goals and the needs of your students
Contact Us to Learn More
Reservations and payment required in advance. To book a program or for more information on details, pricing, and reservation process, please contact us below or call us at (212) 748-8568.