Welcome! Mystic Seaport is an outdoor history museum and re-created 19th-century seafaring village. The Museum covers 19 public acres and has more than 40 historic and reconstructed buildings. Unpaved roads and cobblestone sidewalks lead to houses, workshops, vessels, and gardens typical of 19th-century rural New England. Boarding vessels is done through a variety of wooden gangways with battens to prevent slippage. Throughout the village and waterfront, the demonstration squad, interpreters and staff re-enact and discuss the daily life, work, and community celebrations of earlier generations.
Approximately one-third of our buildings have wheelchair-accessible entrances; interior access varies. The village’s unpaved roads are generally firm and stable suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. All roads are basically level with a few slight inclines located near the Children’s Museum, Treworgy Planetarium and Membership Building.
Food service and restrooms are conveniently located on Museum grounds and are handicap accessible.
The Visitor Reception Center, located across from the Museum’s south parking lot, is the main entrance for most visitors. Ticketing and information services are located here. Please enter the Visitor Reception Center by passing through our welcome garden and courtyard.
During summer months and for some special programs and events, the north entrance is also open. This alternate entrance is located across from the Museum’s north parking lot. In both cases, the parking lots are situated east of Greenmanville Avenue (also known at Route 27) whereas the Museum is located on the west side (along the water). Visitors must cross Greenmanville Avenue to gain access to the Museum.
Special needs visitors will receive a 50% discount on admission. One additional adult attending to the special needs visitor will also receive a discount of 50% on admission. No additional discounts apply. Prices are subject to change–please contact 860.572.0711 with any pricing questions.
- Parking: Handicapped designated spaces are located in the main visitor north and south Museum parking lots, located east of Greenmanville Avenue (Museum is across street on west side along the water).
- Handicap Accessible Rest Rooms: Located in the Visitor Reception Center, near the Variety Store and Thomas Greenman House, at Lighthouse Point, as well as in The Galley and Latitude 41° Restaurant.
- Wheelchairs: Available for loan at the Visitor Reception Center on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Strollers: Adapted strollers for children with disabilities are allowed in accessible buildings and exhibits.
- Service Animals: Welcome on grounds, in exhibits, and on vessels.
- Dogs: Leashed pets are welcome, but may not enter buildings, ships, or be left unattended.
- Horse and Carriage: Provides tour around Museum grounds beginning on the far side of the Village Green across from the Visitor Reception Center. (Operating schedule varies seasonally.) Vehicle is a replica 19th-century carriage and is equipped with two-stair step.
- First Aid: Located within our Security Building. First-aid staff available during Museum hours.
Food and Beverages: Available at the Café & Bake Shop; Schaefer’s Spouter Tavern (seasonal); The Galley Restaurant (seasonal) and Latitude 41° Restaurant. Buildings have varied accessibility. Please see Physical Access to Museum Buildings for specific details by building.
Shopping: The Museum Store, Book Store, Variety Store, Café & Bake Shop and Maritime Gallery have varied accessibility. Please see Physical Access to Museum Buildings for specific details by building.
Research Library: Please contact the Research Desk at 860.572.5367 or email at email@example.com for hours of operation.
For the Safety and Comfort of All
- Please do not approach, touch, or feed the horses. Animals are unpredictable; hooves and teeth may cause injury.
- Walk carefully — Village roads, buildings floors, and vessels are like those of early New England.
- Some of our historic buildings cannot accommodate strollers.
- Smoking, eating, and drinking are not permitted in buildings or aboard vessels.
- Please do not walk or climb on fences, walls, or trees.