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Chaperone Guide

Chaperones: We need you!
You are a critical part of the learning process. You can help make a student's day fun and memorable by helping in the following ways:


A large part of our programming takes place outdoors, rain or shine. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Museum Store

Souvenirs, educational books, and gifts can be purchased in our gift shop. Please keep an eye on students' behavior in the store. We ask that chaperones accompany their groups, bringing no more than 10 students into the store at a time.

Eating Facilities

Only outdoor picnic tables are available for use by visiting groups. There is no food service available on site. We are a pack-it-in, pack-it-out site. Please bring trash bags to take the group's rubbish when you leave.


Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the museum's grounds, except in the parking lot.

Wheelchair Access

All museum buildings are equipped with ramps, and most outdoor areas have grass and gravel paths. Unfortunately, the gunboat Philadelphia II is not wheelchair accessible, and the dirt path to North Harbor is quite steep.