Southold Indian Museum

Dedicated to the cultural preservation of Long Island’s Native Americans, by helping to increase public understanding through objects and oral history. Groups can view a wide collection of Native American artifacts including traditional paints, clay pots, arrowheads, medicines, and fishing nets. Included in the tour is a storytime program, where learners listen to tales and hear music on handmade instruments from Native Americans.
 
Contact Info
Address: 1080 Main Bayview Rd., Southold, New York 11971. Suffolk County. Tel: 631-325-8272. Website: www.southoldindianmuseum.org. Hrs: By appointment. 
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Cost: Free.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.