Build a miniature boat at the Maritime Museum

Posted 2/12/20

Join the Hudson River Maritime Museum for an exciting family program in support of the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit, Water/Ways. During this event, children will learn about buoyancy, …

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Build a miniature boat at the Maritime Museum

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Join the Hudson River Maritime Museum for an exciting family program in support of the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit, Water/Ways. During this event, children will learn about buoyancy, mass, and density in a miniature boat building challenge. Children will conduct scientific experiments to determine an object’s ability to float and what shapes are conducive for buoyancy. Children will explore what kind of materials can be used to construct a boat and there will be a contest to see whose ship can hold the most mass before sinking!

The program will run from 1 to -3 on Sunday, February 16 in the Wooden Boat School. There will be snacks available as well as stories related to the program. The event is geared toward children ages 5-12.

Pre-registration is required for Museum Mates. This program is free for museum members (Household-Level or above). General admission is $5 per child. To register call Paul Daley, ext. 11 or visit the Museum’s website .hrmm.org.

Water/Ways is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs. Inaugural funding for the New York State tour was provided by the Smithsonian Institution, Hadley Exhibits, Inc., the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and the New York State Canal Corporation.

Water/Ways was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (www.smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils and museum associations across the nation, and local host institutions.

To learn more about Water/Ways and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit museumonmainstreet.org.

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