School Programs and Resources  

Hands-on learning activities are the core of the Museum's Education Program. Small groups of students rotate through learning stations ranging from wooden boat design to frame assembly and steam bending. Practical knowledge of simple machines, buoyancy and wood joining is placed in historic context.

Over four thousand vessels have been built on the banks of the Essex River since 1668. These include the great racing schooners Gertrude L. Thebaud, Puritan, and Henry Ford; competitors to the schooner Bluenose. Our Schoolhouse Exhibit, displaying ship models from the Smithsonian Institute, provides a time line of the age of sail.

We are prepared for learners of all ages to explore their maritime heritage.


To schedule a field trip or group tour, contact Chelsea Sams at: 978-768-6441 or 

Our Thanks to Education Supporters Markham Lumber

and H.A. Burnham !