Students visiting the Brooklyn Navy Yard will learn to think like historians and engineers through hands-on investigation of Brooklyn’s material culture, art, and written documents—all of which form intriguing windows into the history of America, and the development of New York City. Place-based learning makes history and science accessible to learners of all kinds. See your students come alive when they are immersed in the past and present of the Navy Yard.
BLDG 92 partners with the Brooklyn Historical Society to offer free education programs for K-12 students and teachers in NYC public school system.
Exhibit tours are FREE for public schools in the 2014–2015 school year. Choose from the following offerings:
Ingenious Inventions at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (Grades 2-5, 90 minutes)
The Ingenious Inventions tour explores centuries of technological innovation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Through the lens of the Yard's accomplishments – from pioneering iron and steam shipbuilding, to advancing radio technology and developing medical anesthetics at the Naval Hospital – students will examine the role of innovation through the Yard’s history. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, this tour includes a visit to one of the Yard's historic dry docks. This tour is supported by pre- and post- visit materials available for free from our website. Click here.
These are the People of Your Navy Yard (Grades 6-12, 90 minutes)
This tour delves into the social history of the U.S. through the stories of people who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II and the voices of those who work there today. During the tour, students will examine documents and photographs and listen to oral histories, exploring the ways individual experiences contribute to larger currents in U.S. social history, including gendered spheres, racial segregation, labor activism, and urban development.
NEW! Seeing Green: Sustainable Biulding & Design at BLDG 92 (Grades 3-8+, 90 minutes)
Using BLDG 92, an exemplar of sustainable building and design, students will be introduced to the challenges facing urban designers, like storm-water management, reducing energy consumption, and melding the needs of large urban populations with the natural world. They will see how the designers of BLDG 92 overcame those challenges and visit inside of the Navy Yard to think about the relationship between the built environment and the natural environment.
Access supporting curriculum and pre- and post- visit activities to explore with your class.
How to Book Your School Tour:
- All tours require a reservation:call 347-381-3700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Guided tours are 90 minutes (up to 30 students and 3 adult chaperones).
- Guided tours are available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
- Self-guided tours of BLDG 92 are available during public hours, Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. To schedule a self-guided tour, please contact us.