Maps, Merchants, and Mansa Musa: The Powerful Mali Empire

by  The Mariners' Museum

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The empire of Mali was both powerful and wealthy. Mighty rulers and trade made the kingdom of Mali flourish well before the arrival of Europeans. In this 30-minute interactive program, students learn about this ancient civilization through artifacts, objects, and pictures. Students will be introduced to object analysis and the importance of oral traditions.

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Point to Point: $125.00
By Request: $125.00


30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3

Minimum participants:

no minimum

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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The Mariners' Museum

Newport News, VA
United States

The Mariners’ Museum is located in Newport News, Virginia, but our educational reach extends far beyond our physical doors. Just as Man has used the sea to journey around the world for thousands of years, The Mariners’ now uses Interactive Videoconferencing to offer programming to schools across the country and around the globe.
The Mariners' Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world, houses a treasure trove of more than 35,000 items inspired by human experiences with the sea.

Harriet Smith

Program Details


1. Students identify Mali on a world map and different geographical features.
2. Students learn about ancient Mali history and culture.


1. Students will learn about the history and culture of ancient Mali.
2. Students will better understand the importance of folktales and oral traditions.
3. Students will explore the importance of water to ancient civilizations.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

History (VDOE 2015):
3.1 (a, b, c,) 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8