At Home Activities

Capt Scupper's Songfest Multiple Dates

Maritime-Themed Music, Movement, and Reading Children’s Program Returns to Museum

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is gearing up for another…

Kids Book Club: Mail by the Pail

Welcome to our Captain Scupper's Kids Book Club. We will…

Schoonmaker Scavenger Hunt

Who’s Spiffy? Spiffy is a dog that helps us take care of…

Kids Book Club: Paddle-to-the-Sea

Welcome to our Captain Scupper's Kids Book Club. We will…

Be an At-Home Underwater Archaeologist

  You may be asking, what is an underwater archaeologist?…

Color the Colonel: Coloring Pages

Our coloring contest is closed, but you can still put your…

Maritime Communication Kids Activity

Have you ever wondered how ships communicated before radios…

Kids Book Club: Miss Colfax’s Light

Welcome to our Captain Scupper's Kids Book Club. Over the…

Great Lakes Word Searches

We love a good word search and we hope you do too. We have…

Kitty Smoke: Educational Resources & Activities

In 2017, we published our original children’s book, The Adventures…

Port of Toledo: Then & Now Educator’s Exhibit Guide

This guide is for educators and parents to use with their students…

Kids Book Club: Friend on Freedom River

Welcome to our Captain Scupper's Kids Book Club. Over the…

On-Site Educational Programming

Field Trips

The National Museum of the Great Lakes offers a variety of educational programs for children of all ages. The museum offers unique and engaging field trip experiences, tailored to support students’ learning standards. Educators from the National Museum of the Great Lakes can also come right into your school with our outreach programming.

We prefer to book field trips 30 days in advance but may be able to arrange visits with less notice on a limited basis.

For any information about our educational opportunities, please contact Education and Visitor Experience Director Ellen Kennedy at or call 419.214.5000 ext. 206.

Field Trip Rates

Museum Visit:  $7 per person

Museum Visit with Guided Tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker and Tug Ohio: $13 per person
(Available May 1 through October 31)

Teachers are always free.

(For Information on Group Tours, please click here)


Our current outreach programs are developed for 4th – 8th grade and cover multiple STEM guidelines while discussing Great Lakes history.  We are happy to welcome you to the museum or bring our educators to you.  Please check out our current programs by clicking below.  We are continually developing new resources for students and educators and we will make those available on the website.

Outreach Rates

$250 for one program

$350 for two presentations of the same program in the same day

$425 for three presentations of the same program in the same day

Grants are available to help schools in need fund their field trips or outreach programs. Contact us for more details.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: