Historic vessels are an exciting medium to learn about a wide array of subjects, from history and science to geography and transportation. A one-hour visit on board the barge features:
Docked in Red Hook across the street from the Fairway Market, the Waterfront Museum offers school, camp and senior group visits year-round. Print out a one-page flyer on group visits. Visits aboard our "floating classroom" include first-hand learning about geography, history, social studies and science. And no visit is complete without entertainment by the Captain, just like the Showboats of old times.
To schedule a visit, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-624-4719, ext. 11. Tailored group visits may be scheduled for almost any day of the year by appointment. The Museum is handicapped accessible. Buses welcome.
Thank you for a great visit! We had a fantastic time. We all hope to come back!
The other day, Matt Graber of the Red Hook Star Revue and I took the PS 15 Journalism Club to the Waterfront Museum. David showed them around the barge and told them about its history. He showed them how to tie knots, explained various tools and equipment, gave them opportunities for some hands on experiences, shared anecdotes with them, and answered their questions with enthusiasm and delight. He told them about Mark Twain and how he chose that name. He showed them the tool for measuring water depth and about how twain meant two and mark twain meant two fathoms. Thank you, Livia Pantuliano, 4th grade teacher at PS 15.
Great Fun. My students loved the waterfront Museum. David Sharps is a born showman. Not only did my students learn about the history of the waterfront, they learned about living on a boat, about a dream, about taking risks etc.
The restoration of this vessel is inspiring and I am always impressed with the creative programs that you have offered to bring our maritime history alive for the public.
David arrived in what is still an underserved area and threw open his doors to the community for education and entertainment. Our students have learned about the changes in transportation and commerce history that made Barge #79 and many of our NYC waterfront piers obsolete. The kids even get a sample of authentic showboat entertainment from the captain himself. David has been very supportive of Baykeeper’s oyster program, providing space for oyster gardens and providing us oysters for disease testing purposes.