Additional On-site Programs
We encourage you to add a roleplayer, chantey singing, or a boat or horse and carriage ride to your guided tour or self-guided visit. These activities can be tailored to suit all grade levels.
The educational medium of first-person interpretation is honed to an art form within the Roleplaying Program at Mystic Seaport. Based in the country’s centennial year of 1876, the research performed by each staff member over the course of nearly a year becomes an individual composite profile. The Museum’s Costume Shop then uses this profile to build a historically accurate wardrobe for each character, whether that be a whaling captain’s wife or a steamboat oiler. Mystic Seaport’s roleplayers meld documented facts with historical perspectives to create an experience with the past that can only be had face to face.
Music of the Sea and Shore
Sing along with one of Mystic Seaport’s renowned musician educators. Our chantey staff can bring your curriculum to life with stories told through music. From the working music of the deep water sailors and coastal fisherman, to the tales of westward expansion through our inland waterways, to the cultural influences of music brought from far-flung ports, America’s rich musical heritage owes much to the way in which seafarers and river mariners carried music, musical instruments, and musicians from place to place.
Students are invited to become crew members as they join in a chorus, picture the events in a ballad or use a chantey as a tool to help accomplish hard work like raising sail.
Music on the Morgan
The Charles W. Morgan is the last remaining wooden whaleship in the world – and she is at Mystic Seaport! The vessel’s long career covered a significant period of American history as the nation moved from whale oil to petroleum for fuel and lubricants. This interactive music program traces this history and the Morgan’s role within it.
Take a Ride into History
Horse and Carriage Ride
View Mystic Seaport’s 19th-century coastal village from a horse-drawn carriage. This tour provides students with a firsthand experience of daily travel before cars. Carriage drivers offer background and additional information to enrich your journey around the village.
Get out on the Water
See Mystic Seaport from a different vantage point while enjoying a waterfront tour aboard the launch Necessity or Liberty.
See the Mayflower II in the Mystic Seaport Shipyard
We are continuing our collaborative project with Plimoth Plantation to restore and repair the Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction ship owned by Plimoth Plantation. The Education Department at Mystic Seaport is offering a special opportunity for school groups to see the Mayflower II while she is here as part of our regular Seaport Sampler and Voyage to America tours. While students will be able to see the Mayflower II hauled out, there is no guarantee that they will be able to go on board due to the work being done on the vessel.