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Featured Exhibits at Port Discovery Children's Museum

Port Discovery is currently featuring a new temporary exhibit, Native Voices: New England Tribal Families, through May 13, 2018. 

Current Exhibits

Native Voices: New England Tribal Families - at Port Discovery through May 13, 2018

Opening through May 13, Native Voices, New England Tribal Families is an introduction to native communities around New England today. By visiting five different communities from northern to southern New England, museum visitors learn a lot about Native American traditions and how modern families balance contemporary life with preservation of important cultural identities.

Native Voices: New England Tribal Families takes us through four New England seasons and shares stories, songs, and cultural materials that illustrate strong and enduring connections between tribes and their traditional homelands. 

Visitors will meet members of the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot of Maine, the Narragansett of Rhode Island, and the Aquinnah Wampanoag and Mashpee Wampanoag of Massachusetts through a series of environments and activities. 

Visitors can:

  • Toboggan down a hill in Maine with young members of the Penobscot tribe
  • Practice beading in an artist's studio on Cape Cod
  • Meet students in a classroom at the Nuweetooun Tribal School in Rhode Island
  • Explore a cranberry bog and the Aquinnah Tribal Museum on Martha's Vineyard
  • Follow Michael’s journey to Pow Wows across the United States and Canada.

Created by Boston Children’s Museum (BCM) and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities™ (NEH), this exhibit represents a unique collaboration between native advisors and the Museum’s exhibit design team. It builds on 60 years of collaboration between the Museum and native tribes in New England. The hands-on activities, compelling immersive environments, and evocative artifacts, both old and new provide a great way to learn about how all cultures preserve important values and hand them down from one generation to the next. 

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Exhibits Coming Soon

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice™ - May 26 through September 9, 2018

Opening at Port Discovery on Saturday, May 26, 2018!  Travel back in time to when dinosaurs last roamed the land at Port Discovery Children’s Museum! In this fascinating exhibit, you’ll encounter unfamiliar landscapes and touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes including a Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops. Plus, build science skills as you investigate clues about what the dinosaurs left behind!

Activities & exhibit areas include:

  • Explore the Field Research Station, where children can pretend to be a paleontologist by uncovering fossils with brushes and by creating drawings using fossil rubbings and tracings.
     
  • Adventure through the Land of Fire, where you’ll explore the prehistoric home of the Triceratops and T-Rex. Circle the land in insect costumes, explore a volcano with oozing lava, and make your way through a swampy bog while identifying animals and plants!
     
  • Take a trip across the Land of Ice (no coats needed!), where visitors meet two dinosaurs, a Troodon and Edmontosaurus, who made their homes in the cold climate of Alaska. Plus, explore rocky steps and icy slides from the cold climate of Alaska!

Explore Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice™ at Port Discovery Children’s Museum beginning May 26 through September 9, 2018.

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice was created by Minnesota Children's Museum and is sponsored nationally by The David B. Jones Foundation and sponsored locally by M&T Bank.

 

Native Voices: New England Tribal Families takes us through four New England seasons and shares stories, songs, and cultural materials that illustrate strong and enduring connections between tribes and their traditional homelands.

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