K-12 Programs

A student climbs the rigging of the tall ship JOSEPH CONRAD during the Ship to Shore Overnight Program at Mystic Seaport.Mystic Seaport is an experiential education facility where students participate in hands-on history and science in a vibrant setting. Founded in 1929, our 19-acre Museum includes a recreated 19th-century seafaring village, historic vessels and small boats, exhibit galleries, a Planetarium, and one of the world’s largest collections of maritime artifacts.

We offer unparalleled opportunities for students to climb aboard historic ships, interact with costumed roleplayers from 1876, learn about the stars in the sky, and explore coastal life and trade.

Educators can choose from a variety of educational programming, including self-guided exploration, guided tours with hands-on activities, planetarium shows, roleplayer and chantey programs, horse-drawn carriage rides, overnight programs, in-school and virtual programs, and primary source workshops. Our Education Department also offers professional development programs that provide teachers with behind-the-scenes tours and thematic workshops that correlate the Museum’s vast collections with classroom curriculum.

We have worked with educators and students for more than 60 years to provide an exceptional experience tailored to the needs of their curriculum. Our educational programs emphasize authentic, hands-on, relevant learning in which students are active and collaborative participants in their education.