Learning History at Historic Places – Grades 4 & 5

As a National Historic Landmark, the RJD whaling mansion provides an authentic setting in which students can learn about 19th century New Bedford. Using objects from the museum’s collections and stories of the individuals who lived and worked at the house, the program explores the shore side of the whaling industry, how the city’s entrepreneurial economy was impacted by Quaker business practices, and 19th century domestic life.

This program fulfills Massachusetts State Social Studies Curriculum Standards for Grade Five as follows: 1(H), 2(H), 3(H), 11(H), 12(H), 13(E), 5.7(H C), 5.8(H C), 5.11(H E), 5.35(H E).

Scheduling your program:

  • Tours run 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the RJD (396 County Street) but groups should plan to arrive by 9:15. (We can accommodate alternate time slots, if necessary – please ask).
  • The program is free of charge.
  • You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the museum.
  • The maximum size group for any given date is 60.
  • A chaperone ratio of 1 to 15 is requested. Chaperone Guidelines are sent to you upon confirmation of your tour date.
  •  The program is available Mondays through Fridays during the school year.

To schedule your program call 508-997-1401 or email Dawn Salerno. Three weeks advance notice is requested, but we will do our best to accommodate your desired timeframe.

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