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School Programs

In-person school field trips and online curricula are now available for 2022. Scroll down for details and check out our special “Quarantine Slapperdashery” site for fun stories and history mysteries for kids and families. 


K-5 Programming

Grades K-5: Harbor History Museum school programs range from introductory museum experiences for our youngest learners to college internships and customized tours.

All of our K-5 school programs are fully facilitated experiences led by a team of specially trained staff and volunteers. We work hard to make sure that your students are engaged and enthralled with their venture back in time. While our admission for general public visitors is free—and students are always encouraged to make return visits with their families—our school program fees are necessary to cover the cost of staffing, supplies, and maintaining our unique facilities. Due to fire code, we cannot accommodate classes over 60 students.

If you would like more information or to schedule your class for the 2021-22 school year, please fill out our Education Field Trip Form.


Pioneer School Experience

Grades 3-5: The award-winning Pioneer School Experience, in the restored Midway Schoolhouse and museum galleries, is an opportunity for school groups to step back in time, learn local history, and relive schoolhouse life at the turn of the century.  Participants are immersed in four hours of continuous programming with curriculum designed to meet several Washington State Education Standards. Students in this program visit our permanent galleries, special exhibition gallery, and also participate in a lesson circa 1915.

Price: $10 per student

Program Available: Tues – Fri (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)

If you would like more information or to schedule, please fill out our Education Field Trip Form.


Primary Museum Experience

Grades K-2: The Primary Museum Experience is an instructor-led introduction to the museum. Students in grades K-2  learn about artifacts, museum etiquette, visit the restored Midway Schoolhouse, participate in an I Spy tour of the main and maritime galleries.

Price: $7 per student

Program Available: Tues – Fri (Available during museum hours; 1.5 hour program)

If you would like more information or to schedule a field trip please fill out our Education Field Trip Form.

Thank you to the following organizations for support of our School Programs!

• Gig Harbor Garden Tour
• The Baker Foundation
• The DV and Ida McEachern Foundation

Museum Lab Options

For students and teachers in high school and college settings, we offer unique opportunities for gaining background in how museums work. We offer the following types of presentations and homework helper options:

  • Research using Primary Sources

  • Virtual Class Visits 

  • Homework Challenges (find objects at the museum, writing assignments, sketching
    in the gallery, etc.)

  • What's That Thing? Object Investigations

Classroom Activities

Download any of these free museum-related activities for use in the classroom or at home. Each one was developed by our education staff to highlight various local history topics.

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