Naval History and Heritage Command

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

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  • nhhc-topics:underwater archaeology
Document Type
  • Historical Summary
Wars & Conflicts
File Formats
  • PDF (Portable Document Format)
Location of Archival Materials


The Museum uses the California History Social-Science Framework to develop activities and programs.



  • Young children are encouraged to engage in free play activities in the Museum's STEM center. The STEM center boasts a reading corner, building and construction activities, and a gear wall all designed to spark the imagination of young learners. The Museum staff require a 1:5 ratio of chaperones to students for the STEM center and all students must stay with a chaperone at all times. 
  • The Museum does not offer guided tours to Pre-K through 3rd grade. The Museum's Discovery Games are scavenger hunts created for school groups on a self-guided tour in the museum. They are a fun way to enjoy the history of the Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps. Download the scavenger hunt for your field trip: Discovery Game for Young Students [PDF, 785 KB] 
  • Please email or call 805-982-1249 to reserve the STEM center for your field trip today or self-guided tour. All reservations should be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Download and complete the Education Program Request form to book your group.

Education Program Request [PDF, 972 KB] 



The Museum staff require a 1:10 ratio of chaperones to students. All students must stay with a chaperone at all times. Please email or call 805-982-1249 to book your field trip today. All reservations should be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Download and complete the  Education Program Request form to book your group.

Education Program Request [PDF, 972 KB] 

  • Coastal exploration led to the discovery of a deep underwater canyon off the coast of Point Hueneme. Fourth grade students will explain the relationship and interdependence of human activities and the environment, and how these relationships affect the distribution and movement of people, goods, and ideas. High School students will use geographic data, maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and the political, cultural, and economic dynamics. (4th & 9th grades)
  • Men in the Seabees used mixed media to create plaques to represent themselves. The plaques were often representations of where the men were from in the United States, the type of jobs they performed for the Navy, or illustrated where they were stationed overseas. In small groups, fifth grade students will assemble a found object sculpture (as assemblage) or a mixed media two-dimensional composition that reflects who they are and communicates a theme. Students are encouraged to bring a recyclable object or special item from home that may be repurposed as part of the art piece. (5th Grade)
  • Middle school students will examine historical evidence in the Museum galleries in order to investigate history! At the museum, students will be guided through each gallery by a Museum educator and asked to examine a document, poster or multimedia item on display. They will be encouraged to look around the gallery and read the label text to search for context clues. Can they determine the purpose and meaning behind each historical item? (6th - 8th grades)

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High school students will take a deep-dive into World War II (WWII) in order to answer the question, “How did technology affect—influence and impact—WWII? Students will pay close attention to changes and improvements in transportation and personal protective gear in order to critically think about the war. Students will answer the question, “How has military advancement in technology saved lives?”  Students will determine what was the single most important piece of technology during the war and conduct a brief presentation. Students will view and be provided access to videos, primary and secondary sources, as well as Seabee personal protective gear from WWII to present. (10th grade)

What does "Equal Rights" mean? 11th grade students will look at the Women's Right's Movement from the late 19th century to present day. Over the years there have been various movements for equality that have built upon one another. The military is often at the forefront of change in society. Students will use primary and secondary sources to research and learn the history of women in the Navy. Students will tour the Seabee Museum archives and conduct research with Museum archivists. Available: Summer 2019. (11th grade) 

On the Record! Twelfth grade students analyze primary and secondary source documents to build a case and answer the question, “Are Seabees Humanitarian Workers or Tools of Foreign Policy used to Combat Terrorism?” Students will tour the Seabee Museum archives and conduct research with Museum archivists in order to take a position, build a case, and defend their argument. Available: Summer 2019. (12th grade) 



  • Have your students previously participated in a guided tour program at the Seabee Museum? Are you an educator looking for a new professional development opportunity? Check out our Hands-on History page. We offer experiential learning opportunities for students and free professional development workshops for educators. Captivate, Build and Educate with the Seabee Museum! For more information about our trunk program, student clinics or continuing education opportunities for professionals click here
Published: Sun Nov 18 18:04:03 EST 2018