Southampton Historical Museum
A gigantic part of Southampton's history involves the whaling industry. Because of this, the museum has a collection of whaling artifacts and ephemera, as well as some fantastic pieces of whale bones.
Because of this huge connection it was important for us to create various programs centered around the whaling industry so that children today can stay connected to our rich maritime past.
Examine some real pieces of scrimshaw art and tools made from whale teeth and then create your very own art pieces.
Sewing and Knot Tying
Learn some of the basic life skills all sailors needed to know while away at sea.
Create beautiful shell art reminiscent of the trinkets sailors would buy for loved ones back home while traveling the world.
Writing with Quill and Ink
Read whaling logs and diary entries written with quills and then try writing your own letter with a quill and ink pen.
Give blubber glove a try and learn first hand the biological importance of whale blubber and then learn about how and why humans had a need for it too.
Rogers Mansion - March to December, Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, $5 for adults, free for children under 17 and members
Thomas Halsey Homestead - July to September, Saturdays or by Appointment, $5 for adults, free for children under 17 and members
Pelletreau Silver Shop - Open year round, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, Free admission
Conscience Point - Open year round, Sunrise to Sunset, Free admission