The places you must see and things you must do to earn your sea legs. The crown jewel of our National Historic Landmark watercraft, a sample of the 19th-century village, and awe-inspiring exhibits you wouldn’t want to miss.
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Visiting Mystic Seaport During Winter 2016
From January 2 through February 12, 2016 Mystic Seaport is open to visitors with a special focus on indoor exhibits and activities. The buildings and exhibit galleries on the north end of the grounds, including the Planetarium, Children’s Museum, and the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan are open, as well as Schaefer’s Spouter Tavern for dining. Winter visit highlights include the award-winning exhibit “Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude” on temporary loan from the National Maritime Museum, London, the “Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers” exhibit, and the new Home Port children’s activity center.
The Planetarium is offering two shows: “Winter Stars and the Mariner” and “Longitude: Proof in the Pacific.” The latter is a special 35-minute program that brings ships, clocks, and stars together to follow Captain James Cook as he tests longitude solutions in the Pacific Ocean during his voyages in the 18th century. The audience can see the night sky from the island of Tahiti as Cook and the astronomers in his company seek to view the rare astronomical phenomenon known as the Transit of Venus. Planetarium shows are free and included with general admission during this time.
The 19th-Century village and the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard are closed to visitors during this six-week period, however, special Winter Vessel Tours showcasing steamboat Sabino, Plimoth Plantation’s Mayflower II, schooner Amistad, and the Charles W. Morgan will be offered weekends from January 2 through February 7, 2016.
For complete information about the winter 2016 schedule at Mystic Seaport, please read this news story on our website.
Please note that some of the vessels, village locations, and activities featured in the suggested itineraries below are closed from January 2 through February 12, 2016. If you do find something that interests you and it is closed during that time, use the “Add to My Trip” button to save it to your customized itinerary for a future visit to Mystic Seaport.