Long Island Maritime Museum

The Long Island Maritime Museum is comprised of fourteen acres and nine historic buildings. Exhibits show how weather, chance, and human error conspired to make the waters around Long Island a “valley of ship wrecks”. The museum houses a permanent exhibit containing maps, archival photographs, newspapers, and personal accounts based on the Annuals of the United States Life Saving Service. It also has a Small Craft Building, consisting of 30 sail & power boats in a former WWI US Navy seaplane hanger.
Contact Info 
Address: 88 West Ave., West Sayville, NY 11796. Suffolk County. Tel: 631-854-4974. Website: www.limaritime.org. Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 10AM-4PM, Sun. 12PM-4PM. 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5-2 hours. Cost: Fee. 

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.