Families find plenty to engage in with hands-on activities such as ‘Design Your Own Paddle.’
Experience what it’s like to sit in a real dugout canoe (this one from Panama).
Take a photo of your friends or family in this canoe with the beach as backdrop.
Be an archaeologist – discover an ancient dugout canoe, then measure and document your find by creating a scaled drawing.
A scale model diorama brings to life a canoe-building scene from ancient Florida.
Do what the scientists do to identify ancient wood – match a series of actual thin wood sections to reference slides.
Create your own take-home rubbing from the image of a sacred Mayan canoe.
Full-sized canoes and canoe models complement a diversity of presentation formats, including film, artifacts, scale models, hands-on elements and graphics.
Large format graphics and real artifacts give the exhibit rich content and textures.
The exhibit includes artifacts from all over the Americas, spanning over 500 years of traditions.
Paddle designs vary widely by place and culture. Use these stencils to create your own!
Canoe-building scale model diorama detail.
Dugout canoe traditions are alive and well in many cultures today. A Vancouver Island canoe and film footage from the contemporary ‘Canoe Journey’ illustrate the beauty and importance of canoes in the Pacific Northwest.
For thousands of years dugouts have allowed people to travel and connect over long distances. Find out about travel and trade by canoe, and see and touch some traded materials.
The exhibit is visually rich and includes bilingual labels in English and Spanish.
The entryway module introduces visitors to the exhibit’s main idea and the use of large format graphics.
An 18-foot-long pine dugout and wooden paddles from ancient Florida pair with a large-format historic graphic in one of the exhibit modules.
Find out how dugout canoes are crafted from single trees, both in ancient times and today.
Four short films bring the artifacts and models to life.
Kids explore discovery drawers of hooks, sinkers and other fishing gear from around the Americas.