Workshops and Classes

John Gardner Boat Shop

Learn a new skill at the nation’s leading maritime museum. Mystic Seaport offers a wide range of classes and workshops for adults year-round, including:

Blacksmithing — Private lessons for all skill levels

Learn the basics or improve your blacksmithing skills in these three-hour classes. Both beginners and experts are welcome. You will be guided and challenged to acquire new knowledge and techniques and to create functional and decorative objects in our 1885 James Driggs Shipsmith Shop. You will learn about fire tending, heating, tools, hammer control, and of course, safety. You may also practice tapering, flattening, bending metal, and applying long-established blacksmith finishes. All tools and equipment are provided, however, feel free to bring any personal tools or books you have for evaluation and tune-up.

Fall 2015 classes begin September 14 and are by appointment only. Please call 860.572.5331 to make a class reservation.

Students must be at least 12 years old. Students ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum of three students at one time.

Boat Building and Design

Gain hands-on experience in nearly every phase of designing, constructing, and maintaining a traditional boat. Classes include Introduction to Half-Model Construction, Traditional Boatbuilding, and Varnishing Techniques for Traditional Boats. Please check the calendar for current offerings.

Planetarium Courses

The Treworgy Planetarium offers daily programs to acquaint Museum visitors with the stars, planets, and constellations of the nighttime sky. These programs help visitors understand how mariners use the sun and stars to determine directions and position at sea. In addition, the Planetarium offers a variety of classes including coastal and celestial navigation and GPS workshops for both adults and youths. Please check the calendar for current offerings.

Music, Cooking and Art

Sharpen your sea music skills through musical instruction and hands-on work experience aboard the Museum’s historic vessels. Step inside the 1768 Buckingham-Hall House and learn the art of open-hearth cooking as knowledgeable cooks guide you through the preparation of a traditional 19th-century meal. Refine your artistic technique at the Maritime Gallery while watching award-winning artists demonstrate their craft. Please check the calendar for current offerings.

ABYC Courses

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) offers a variety of courses at Mystic Seaport. Classes are held at the Museum, but you must register directly with ABYC. For more information and to register, visit or call 410.990.4460. For the entire listing of courses, visit the ABYC calendar.