The Educational Service of the Ílhavo Maritime Museum aims to promote material and immaterial maritime heritage, local history and maritime cultures, to make known the memory of cod fishing and agro-maritime tasks as identities in constant mutation and to raise awareness of environmental issues related to the preservation of the oceans and the biodiversity of the estuary.
Through actions that combine the exchange of knowledge, critical thinking and leisure, the Educational Service works for and with its audiences, of different age groups and that come to the Museum either in a family context, integrated in school groups or other institutions or associations.
The Museum's collections and the themes represented therein are the starting point for the mediation proposals, which are expressed in guided tours, workshops, performances or community projects. Aside from the Museum, these dynamics also extend to its poles: the Santo André Ship-Museum, a former trawler of the codfishing fleet, and the recently opened Maritime Religious Center.
The school public represents a significant part of the visitors of the Ílhavo Maritime Museum, who seek it as an extension of the classroom. Museums have an unquestionable role in education and are spaces where informal teaching and learning in an active and interactive way are put into practice in each educational proposal.
The MMI's offer to schools is based on the permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as on the Codfish Aquarium, and meets the curricular goals of several subject areas, such as History, Portuguese or Science. With more general or more specific themes, each proposal combines strategies and objectives that correspond to the characteristics of each teaching cycle.
Besides the established educational offer, the MMI is an open space to all proposals and suggestions coming from teachers whose wish is to complement the class with an approach to the contents in the Museum space.