Art & Artifacts

From the Treasures of the Collections to modern maritime art, a tour of the exhibits and galleries of Mystic Seaport.

1985 - The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport opens.

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Maritime Art Gallery

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is the nation’s foremost gallery specializing in contemporary marine art and ship models. For more than 30 years the Gallery has been privileged to exhibit the works of leading maritime artists from across the globe.

Nautical Instrument Shop

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Nautical Instruments Shop

Here the ships’ officers could purchase or have adjustments made to their precise and somewhat delicate navigational tools–quadrants, sextants and chronometers.

Figureheads Exhibit

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Figureheads

The most romantic and mysterious of all artifacts from the Age of Sail, these figureheads, billetheads, and catheads also demonstrate the extraordinary skill of their craftsmen.

Addison Scholfield portrait

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Neptune’s Orchestra: Songs of the Seafarer

Go on a musical journey through a variety of music made by and heard by seafarers in the age of sail. Out of their musical memories from home, experiences during voyages and their encounters with unfamiliar musical traditions, sailors created distinctive music that reflects their lives, work, and dreams.

New Bedford Whaleman Isaac Bliss, 1997.90.2.

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Treasures from the Collections

Take an in-depth look at some of the finest artifacts drawn from the collections of Mystic Seaport. These objects of creative expression–inspired by the power, mystery, dangers, beauty, solitude, and resources of the sea–merge impressive artistic skill with maritime content to reveal the broad influence of the sea on American life.