The Children’s Maritime Museum is a Port Jefferson is a Long Island treasure for a variety of reasons. The Museum is located on the waterfront in the historic 1800′s brick structure called the “Chandlery Building” . As you may know, in the 19th century a Chandlery Shop referredto a shop selling nautical items for ships and boats. There is a wonderful picture when you walk in the Musuem of the wall which shows the original chandlery shop complete with the owner, employees and the wares.
In the 21st century, the buildings new purpose is to be the home of The Children’s Maritime Museum, which for good reason is also referred to as The Maritime Explorium. Just as the faithfully restored, building pays homage to Port Jeff’s past, the children Museum is all about teaching and educating our children about about Long Island’s maritime past, present and future. Although the Museum’s main purpose is to educational, it is very clear their approach is all about having fun and the interactive learning experience.
On a recent Saturday, I stopped by and spoke to Faith who is a certified instructor and she showed me around the various stations which were all busy with children and their parents. To be honest the Museum actually had the feel of a surreal indoor park to me. This is the not the traditional look, observe and you will learn museum experience. The Children’s Maritime Museum is all about interaction. Here the children are doing, engaged and having fun while learning about , developing skills and experiencing Long Island’s maritime heritage.
If you have kids or grand kids, you should really get to know about the different programs and events available at the musuem. Check out the Children’s Maritime Museums website, Call for more info at 631-331-3277 0r better yet, just stop by with the kids! They will love it and you will too!