Wyckoff House Museum 40.6443° N -73.9207° W

Description

The Wyckoff House Museum preserves, interprets, and operates New York City’s oldest building and it’s surrounding 1.5 acres of farmland. Through innovative educational and farm-based programs we build cultural and agricultural connections within our community, emphasizing immigration, family, food, and community through history. During field trips to the farmhouse, students learn about the history of the site through inquiry, exploration, and hands-on activities.

We are in school district 18.


Lunch Notes

Outdoor picnic tables in good weather. Covered tented area April through December.

Bathroom Notes

Port-o-potties on-site April through December. No indoor bathroom facility.

Cancellation Policy

Info

5816 Clarendon Road
Brooklyn, NY 11203

+1 718-629-5400

programs@wyckoffmuseum.org

Sun
Closed
Mon
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tues
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thur
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Subjects
History, Colonial Times, 17th Century, Science, Agriculture, Immigration, Social Studies, Botany, Slavery, African American History, 18th Century, Cultural Connections, Biology, Ecosystems, Climate, My Community, Sustainability, Reading, Primary Sources
Activities
Field Trip
Grades
K 2, 3 5, 6 8, Preschool, 9 12
Cost
Reduced Price For Title 1 Schools
Accommodations
Special Education Programs, Outdoor Lunch Space

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Biodiversity in the City

Explore the 1.5 acres of garden and green space at the Wyckoff House Museum to understand the life systems of different flora and fauna native to NYC. Lesson highlights include: biodiversity and the ecosystems of an urban farm, organic vegetable gardening, soil and compost, and a visit to our beehives and the surrounding native plant area. Students will use observation skills and the five senses to learn about the bounty of life on our farm in this interactive lesson.

This program will run from May 1st-November 1st and takes place outdoors, rain or shine. This does not include a tour of the historic house.

Choose one hands-on activity: Herbal Sachet Making, Seed Planting, Herbal Tea Making, or Natural Dyeing (grades 2+).

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, agriculture, climate, my community

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 6 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Colonial Life

Learn how a family of 13 lived in a single-room house through storytelling, inquiry, artifact investigation, images, and hands-on activities. Explore the restored home of Pieter Claesen Wyckoff and bring to life what the daily experience in colonial Nieuw Amersfoort was like.

Choose one hands-on activity: Butter Churning, Herbal Sachet Making, Quill Pen Writing, or Wool Felting

Subjects Covered

history, colonial times, immigration, 17th century, agriculture, social studies

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 6 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Farming & Science

Explore Kings County’s role as a farming community between the 17th and the 20th centuries. What we call “organic” and “sustainable,” was everyday farming to Pieter Claesen and his family. Examine crops and colonial farming practices and get a chance to tour our urban farm (ideal for reservations in May-November).

Choose one hands-on activity: Butter Churning, Herbal Sachet Making, Seed Planting, Wool Felting, Herbal Tea Making (seasonal availability), or Natural Dyeing (seasonal availability, grades 2+).

Subjects Covered

history, colonial times, 17th century, science, agriculture

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 6 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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African American Lives

Sam, Jack, Lidge, and Cato were enslaved people who worked for the Wyckoff family in the early 1800s. Examine their lives, and investigate primary source documents including slave bills of sale and manumission declarations. In conjunction with this tour, students explore multiple perspectives on servitude and the lives of important African-Americans in colonial New York.

Choose one hands-on activity: Butter Churning, Herbal Sachet and Medicine Making, Quill Pen Writing, or Wool Felting

Subjects Covered

history, colonial times, slavery, 17th century, african american history, agriculture

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 6 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Voyage to a New World

Learn about the colonization of the New World through the tale of Pieter Claesen Wyckoff and his journey from Europe as an indentured farm boy to one of the richest men in Nieuw Amersfoort. Examine traditional Dutch artifacts that would have been reminders of home for the settlers of the New World and learn about the new ways people learned to live and survive here.

Choose one hands-on activity: Butter Churning, Herbal Sachet Making, Quill Pen Writing, or Wool Felting

Subjects Covered

history, immigration, 17th century, 18th century, agriculture, cultural connections

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 6 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
Book Now Join Waitlist