Make Your Own Scrimshaw Art & Learn Sailors' Superstitions

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Allowed Grades: 5th Grade to 12th Grade

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Grades 5-12 | Registration required

Learn about the sailor’s art of scrimshaw in this hands-on program! Scrimshaw is an art form developed by 19th-century whalers as a pastime. These whalers would create decorative and elaborate carvings on materials they had readily available- whale bones and teeth.

A Mystic Seaport Museum educator will showcase examples of scrimshaw. Then you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at creating scrimshaw art while learning all about the old superstitions sailors held. 


Special Accommodations

If you have a disability and may require special accommodations in order to fully participate in this program, please contact us at (203)265-6754. Advance notice is required to arrange for some accessibility needs.