Schools & Groups

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These education programs were made possible in part by grant funding from The Danversbank Foundation, The Perkin Family Fund, and the Society for Colonial Wars. We are grateful for their generous support.

Planning Your Group Trip 

EARLY BOOKING RECOMMENDED

Programs for the 2016-2017 school year are filling up!  Please note that due to the popularity of the Colonial Life with the Claflins and Fireside Chat, early booking is recommended.  Also, please note that these programs run all year long.

QUESTIONS AND REGISTRATION

For questions and registrations for all programs on this page, please contact:

Mary McDonald
Education & Audience Engagement
(978) 468-2377, ext. 119 | e-mail

CHAPERONE POLICY

Wenham Museum requires one adult chaperone for every ten children, depending on grade level, in addition to any one-on-one aids. Chaperones are encouraged to take an active role in the program.  Chaperones who are accompanying students on one of the group programs below are free.  There is a 12 student minimum for all programs.

Additional Programs | Homeschool & Other Group Programs

School Programs 
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COLONIAL LIFE WITH THE CLAFLINS

Grades 2-5 | 2-2.5 hours
Offered at the Wenham Museum or in your classroom

Students will explore life in rural Colonial Massachusetts with an authentic hands-on experience in a 17th century home.  Gather ’round the hearth grinding spices, making butter, and learning about the family’s daily chores using colonial reproduction household tools. The program begins with a short introduction to colonial customs and dress, followed by two 50-minute hands-on experiences through a series of learning stations in both the historic Claflin-Gerrish-Richards house and in the museum’s program space.

Learning stations include candle dipping, schoolwork with a quill, weights and measures with a yoke, and traditional games of the period.

Rate: $9.00 per student

Travel fees and mileage rates will apply if the program is booked off-site

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COLONIAL LIFE WITH THE CLAFLINS JUNIOR

Grades 1-2 | 2 hours
Offered at the Wenham Museum or in your classroom

Younger students experience colonial life through the hands-on activities of the Colonial Life program described above, but tailored to meet the needs of younger students.

Rate: $8.00 per student

Travel fees and milage rates will apply if the program is booked off-site. 

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NATIVE AMERICANS ON THE NORTH SHORE

Grades K-5 | 2 hours
Offered at the Wenham Museum or in your classroom

Students are introduced to the daily life of Native people on the North Shore, who were here before the first settlers. Through interactive storytelling, students learn how these people survived and thrived in a cyclical nomadic life, planting crops, hunting and gathering from the forest, and making the best use of seafood and fish.  Authentic artifacts are shared and each student constructs a small model longhouse to take home. Younger grades (K – Grade 2) may have a modified version of this program featuring the animal puppets and native stories of Joseph Bruchac.

RATE: $9.00 per student

Travel fees and milage rates will apply if the program is in your classroom or school.

“We loved the hands-on artifacts and making our take-home project. We’ll be back for future field trips.” – Woburn Public Schools

“I’m thrilled to find a program about Native Americans near Rockport!” – Rockport Public Schools 

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FIRESIDE CHAT

Kindergarten to Grade 3 | 45 minutes
Offered only at the Wenham Museum 

Meet a resident of the museum’s Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House (c. 1690) and learn about life as one of the early settlers of the North Shore.  Students gather in front of the fireplace and hear stories about family life in 17th century New England.  Children question a costumed interpreter, discussing the differences between “then and now” as they enjoy the historic room and learn about food production, trading, community life, and the household duties of the Claflin family in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

RATE: $7.00 per student

“The program was well run, and overall very enjoyable.” – East Boston Public Schools 

Programs for Other Groups

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HOMESCHOOL GROUPS, SCOUT TROOPS, AND AFTER-SCHOOL CARE PROGRAMS

The above groups may attend any of these programs.  Museum staff is happy to customize a program from a minimum of 12 participants around a changing exhibit or theme.  Please e-mail Mary McDonald with inquiries.

 

 

 

 

M is for Museum 

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M IS FOR MUSEUM

Pre-K to Grade 1 | 45 minutes
Grades 1-3 | 1 hour
Offered only at the Wenham Museum

M is for Museum is a wonderful introduction to the world of museums for young children. We discuss the functions of a museum and how we conserve and exhibit its collections. Children don white gloves and investigate real artifacts from our collections. The program includes a tour of the current exhibits and a trip to the Model Train Gallery and the Family Discovery Gallery.

The version of the program recommended for Pre-K through Grade 1 students focuses on collection.  The version recommended for Grades 1-3 includes an additional discussion about cataloguing artifacts and conservation.

$7.00 per student (Pre-K to Grade 3)

 

Additional Programs 

 

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STUDENT ART GALLERY

Pre-K to Grade 12

The museum offers local schools (pre-school through grade 12) the opportunity to display student artwork for one month in our Student Art Gallery. All artists are given a family pass to view their work while on display.

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FAMILY DISCOVERY GALLERY AND BENNETT E. MERRY TRAIN GALLERY

Recommend 1 hour
Included with museum admission or program fee

The museum’s Family Discovery Gallery and Bennett E. Merry Train Gallery offer opportunities for students to enjoy a less structured trip to the museum. The interactive Family Discovery Gallery features rotating hands-on activities exploring different themes related to museum collections. There are engaging and educational dress-up, building, and art-based activities, among many others. The Bennett E. Merry Train Gallery features six running layouts of model trains including a Salem to Newburyport line.

“Really great, lots to see and do!” – Beverly School for the Deaf

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