Visit Mystic Seaport without leaving your classroom!
Using straightforward video conferencing technology and state-of-the-art equipment in our production studio at Mystic Seaport, a Museum educator will showcase artifacts in our collection and discuss what it means to be a curator. The program offers a glimpse of “behind-the-scenes” activities of our curators as they catalog and care for the Museum’s more than one million artifacts.
Virtual Education Themes
- “Charles W. Morgan through the Collections: The Last Wooden Whaling Ship Tells Stories through Primary Sources”
- “Maritime Museum Collections Sampler”
Preparing For Your Virtual Program with Mystic Seaport
Computer Set Up
- Your teacher or IT staff should project the Zoom session onto a large screen in front of students. If possible, please set up the computer with webcam (or just the webcam) in front of the students (but in a location without the projector shining directly into the webcam lens so we see more than just a white light in our studio!). This allows the Museum teacher in the virtual program to interact with the students and see their faces when they are sitting relatively close together.
- We have found that projecting the program on an iPad for the whole class to see and hear does not work well.
- It is important to test the sound at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the program.
Zoom Call Information
- You will first need to download the Zoom client: https://zoom.us/download
- At least two days before your program, our staff will send you a personalized link to a “Zoom Room.” When you click on the link, this should launch your Zoom client (if you have downloaded and installed it).
- Click on the link when you are ready to start the program. We will be in the Zoom Room about 15 minutes prior to the program.
- If you experience difficulties or delays, please call our Virtual Studios at 860.572.0711, ext. 4746. Our staff is on a very tight schedule and may not be able to accommodate programs later than the arranged time.