Educational Resources and Opportunities

Educational Programs Offered

Field Trip Opportunities

The Erie Maritime Museum offers a variety of field trip options, ranging from a simple tour to a more complex hands-on program, all designed for students to get up close and personal with Erie’s rich maritime heritage. All options are written to meet the curriculum standards set by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education. For more information or to book a field trip, call 814-452-2744 ext. 229 or email

In-Classroom Opportunities

We’ll visit your classroom! Our outreach programs cover a variety of subjects that will engage your students in fun and exciting ways. For more information or to schedule an in-class visit, call 814-452-2744 ext. 229 or email

Scouting Opportunities

Ahoy, Scouts! Bring your scouting organization to the Erie Maritime Museum. We offer three tiers of scout-themed programming for your group to choose from – prices vary. For more information or to schedule a visit, call 814-452-2744 ext. 229 or email

Basic Tour

A simple tour of the Erie Maritime Museum, NIAGARA and LETTIE G. HOWARD (when ships are in port).

The Patch Tour

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts alike will enjoy this special tour of the Erie Maritime Museum. Tour packet includes admission to the Erie Maritime Museum and guided tour of U.S. Brig Niagara and the Lettie G Howard (subject to availability), a museum scavenger hunt, a special activities packet to take home, and a very special U.S. Brig Niagara patch.

Ahoy, Scouts!

Including the features of the Basic and Patch Tours, this program is tailored to assist scouts with obtaining the badges and patches to continue their growth in the program. To learn more about our current offerings, please contact our Museum Educator above.

Talks and Presentations

The Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara League offer fun and informative educational presentations on the following topics:

  • The NIAGARA Three: The Story of the U.S. Brig NIAGARA
  • The War of 1812 on the Great Lakes and the Battle of Lake Erie
  • The Erie Quadrangle: Shipwrecks of Lake Erie
  • Story of the Navy’s First Iron Warship: MICHIGAN/WOLVERINE
  • The Fabric of Freedom: The History of the Don’t Give Up the Ship Flag and our Star-Spangled Banner
  • Commerce on the Lakes: A History of the Port of Erie

Other topics may also be available, contact 814-452-2744 ext. 229 for more information.

School Partnerships

The U.S. Brig NIAGARA offers the perfect laboratory for developing young minds, bodies and souls. Our programs are tailored to meet the objectives of partners such as athletic clubs, Sea Scouts or other maritime groups and educational institutions ranging from high school to college. Daily life in a sailing ship offers an appealing place for everyone to work toward common goals, where students fit the same mold that shapes them into efficient workers and where they speak the same historic language common on-board the ship. Beneath the sails and within a square-rigger, the crew binds together as shipmates. They grow trusting and respectful of each other, their leaders and the ship. The supportive leadership of skilled and well-trained officers ensures that the bonding experience occurs quickly and has lasting effect. The formative days during the first week on-board present many new challenges but together, the students share in the experience.

Educational Resources

Remembering & Teaching America’s Forgotten War of 1812

The Erie Maritime Museum presents its interdisciplinary curriculum with lesson plans targeted to a broad scope of Middle School students (grades 5 -9). Lessons and activities are easily tailored to the Elementary and Secondary Levels as well and curriculum includes a crosswalk to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards and may be used to meet academic standards in all areas. Curriculum is supplemented by a DVD with 45 minutes of supplemental videos for classroom viewing, which can be purchased for $5.00 through the Erie Maritime Museum Gift Shop by calling 814.452.2744 ext. 208 (additional $5.00 to ship).