What to See and Do at Mystic Seaport
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Mystic Seaport is the nation's leading maritime museum. Discover American maritime history first-hand as you climb aboard tall ships, stroll through a 19th-century coastal village, explore exhilarating exhibits, and watch a working preservation shipyard in action. Founded in 1929, more than 300,000 people visit Mystic Seaport annually.
Discover our re-created 19th-century village, complete with Museum educators, musicians, and roleplayers who will teach you about each building's role in a coastal community. Take a horse and carriage ride, interact with folks from 1876, and stroll through the Museum's gardens.
Our historical interpreters exhibit a wide range of skills that truly bring Mystic Seaport to life. Watch as they perform sea chanteys, demonstrate maritime skills, and stroll the grounds as a townsperson of a 19th-century village. During warmer months, enjoy an interactive performance demonstrating what it was like to be a young person at sea.
Explore formal gallery halls that feature rotating and permanent exhibits illustrating aspects of America's maritime heritage. At the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, view the finest examples of contemporary marine art by award-winning artists who celebrate the beauty of ships under sail.
Calling our youngest sailors! See, touch, explore, and climb aboard. Come take part in fun indoor and outdoor activities designed just for you at the nation's leading maritime museum.
We've got many historic boats you can climb aboard at Mystic Seaport. Even better, we also have several you can take a ride on or pilot yourself. Rent a boat from our Boathouse, take a cruise aboard our steamboat Sabino, charter a boat ride, and let our water taxi shuttle you from one end of the Museum to the other.
Our waterfront features tall ships and other historic vessels that you can climb aboard and explore. Mystic Seaport is also the home to four National Historic Landmarks vessels: Charles W. Morgan, Emma C. Berry, L.A. Dunton, and Sabino.
Our nine gardens contain hundreds of varieties of plants which accentuate the beauty and historical context of the river, ships, and historic village. The Museum's diverse collection of gardens, trees, and shrubs are designed to teach you about horticultural history and our heritage as New England gardeners.
Observe as historic vessels are restored in our Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Watch as skilled craftspeople use traditional methods and tools to restore the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. Learn about the original building of the ship in 1841 in the "Restoring an Icon" exhibit.
Step inside our Treworgy Planetarium and learn about celestial navigation using the stars, planets, and heavenly bodies of the season. Explore our permanent lobby exhibit that details19th-century navigation. The Treworgy Planetarium was designed for Mystic Seaport by Armand Spitz in 1960.