Physical Access to Museum Buildings

Our campus re-creates a historical seafaring village and working waterfront including dirt roads, cobblestone walkways, wooden gangways, and shell surfaces that make traveling throughout parts of the campus difficult for some visitors. Buildings are reconstructed or maintained in their original 18th- or 19th-century form often having several entrance steps, narrow doorways and hallways, and other physical barriers.

Mystic Seaport has made significant effort to improve the handicap accessibility on the grounds. Currently, about one-third of the exhibit buildings are wheelchair accessible to the front door. However, interior access does vary. Further improvements to expand handicap accessibility are planned for the future and continue to be implemented as possible.

The list below outlines each of our historic buildings, vessels, and exhibit spaces’ entryways.

Please note: the list below is designed to provide an overview of access to various locations throughout the Museum grounds. This in no way indicates accessibility as defined by current State or Federal regulations. The Museum is a replica 19th-century village and roadways, buildings, and accessways are portrayed in as authentic a manner as possible. Mystic Seaport is working on enhancing accessibility in a variety of ways while maintaining the authenticity of the Museum experience.

Key

Accessible entrance Accessible Entrance accessible via ramp or incline. Interior access varies. Note: accessibility does not indicate entrance meets current ADA regulations; only that a wheelchair or stroller can reach the location/exhibit entryway via ramp or ground level entry.
++ Limited Access One or two steps. Assistance may be needed and helpful.
+++ Difficult Access Three or more steps; narrow doorways; cobblestone walk; gangways with wood battens
S Seasonal Staff Interpretation staff available seasonally
F Full-Time Staff Staffed during Museum hours
SHIPYARD EXHIBITS
Map Building Access Staffed Description
1 Shiplift Accessible S Outdoor; ground level
2 Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard Accessible S Ground-level access to view interior work in progress
Shipyard Gallery +++ S Entrances at both ends of exhibit have multiple flights of stairs
3 Shipbuilding Exhibit Accessible Ground level; 38″ doorway
33 Charles W. Morgan, 1841 +++ F Multiple flights of stairs to reach deck; View exterior from ground level
Shipyard Restroom ++ Behind shipbuilding exhibit; 2 steps; 34″ doorway

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HISTORIC and VISITING VESSELS; WATERCRAFT
Map Vessels Access Staffed Description
4 L.A. Dunton, 1921 +++ F Gangway with wood battens; Multiple steps down to deck.
5 Sabino, 1908 Accessible S Access via ramp with staff assistance
18 Joseph Conrad, 1882 +++ F Gangway with wood battens; Multiple steps down to deck.
33 Charles W. Morgan, 1841 +++ F Gangway with wood battens; Multiple steps down to deck. Note: during restoration (2008-2014), see Shipyard Exhibits above.
Brilliant, 1932 Accessible S Brilliant Dock located at Lighthouse Point at ground level. Access to vessel for sailing program participants only.
Visiting Vessels +++ Gangway with wood battens
Note: public access to vessels varies with each vessel and by visit.
Shuttle – South End +++  S Gangway with wood battens access to docks
Shuttle – North End +++  S Gangway with wood battens access to docks
Other Watercraft Accessible For exterior viewing only. Viewing areas at ground level.

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VILLAGE EXHIBITS
Map Vessels Access Staffed Description
6 Thomas Oyster House Accessible Wooden ramp
7 Mystic River Scale Model Accessible Wooden side ramp; Front access 5 steps; 60″ doorway
8 Lobster Shack Accessible Side ramp
9 Life Saving Station Accessible 60+” front ramp
Halfway House Accessible Ground level
10 John Gardner Boat Shop Accessible S Side ramp; front access 3 steps; 31″ doorway
10 Toy Boats activity ++ S 2 steps; 31″ doorway
11 Salmon Shack +++ 3 steps
12 Schooner Australia Exhibit Accessible Ground level entryway; 32″ doorway
13 Boathouse Accessible S Front ramp (weather permitting); side entrance 4 steps
14 Marine Railway Accessible Dirt pathway with open viewing
15 Tom Clagett Boat Shed Accessible Open air gathering; shell surface
16 Youth Training Building +++ S 4 steps
17 Small Boat Exhibit: Catboats Accessible Ground level; 35″ doorway
19 Ropewalk +++ 5 steps; 36″ doorway
20 Sail Loft/Rigging Loft +++ 4 steps; 35″ doorway; Internal stairs to access
20 Chandlery Accessible S Ground level; 65″ doorway
21 Clam Shack ++ Small step to wooden dock
22 Shipsmith Shop ++ F 1 step; Double doorway entry opened seasonally/weather permitting.
23 Nautical Instrument Shop Accessible  F Side ramp with 35″ doorway; Front access 5 steps 31″ doorway
Fire Engine Garage ++ 1 step
24 Hoop Shop +++ 4 steps; 60″ doorway
25 Shipcarver’s Shop +++ S 31″ doorway; 60″ doorway opened seasonally/weather permitting
26 Mystic Print Shop +++ F 4 steps; 35″ doorway
27 Middle Wharf Accessible Ground level; Wooden wharf
28 Burrows House +++ 3 steps; 36″ doorway
29 Cooperage +++ F 4 steps; 32″ side and front doorway
30 Drug Store Accessible S Side wooden ramp; 3 steps front entry; 50″ doorway
31 Bank ++ 2 steps; 36″ doorway
31 Shipping Office
(upstairs Bank)
+++ Large flight wooden stairs
34 Whaleboat Exhibit Accessible Ground level; Shell surfacing; 30″ doorway
35 Chubb’s Wharf Accessible Ground level, Shell surfacing
36 Seamen’s Friend Society Accessible S 3 steps front entry; Side ramp; 32″ doorway
37 Discovery Barn Accessible S 60″ wooden ramp
38 Stone’s General Store +++ F 3 steps; 32″ doorway
39 School House +++ 3 steps; 32″ doorway
40 Chapel ++ 2 steps; 59″ doorway
41 Buckingham-Hall House +++ F Front entry large stone walk way 38″ doorway; Back ramp 41″ entry stone walkway before reaching ramp
42 Performance Stage Accessible S Ground level
43 Children’s Museum Accessible F Side ramp with 32″ doorway; Front entry 5 steps
44 Treworgy Planetarium Accessible F 60″ doorway; Side ramp
44 Campbell Room/Howell Classroom (below Planetarium) +++ Descending stone staircase; 37″ doorway
45 Thomas Greenman House +++ 3 steps; 34″ doorway
45 Thomas Greenman Bathroom Annex Accessible 36″ doorway
53 Playscapes Ground level but not designed for handicap accessibility
55 Toy Boat Building Accessible F Outside annex ground level (seasonal); 3 steps 27″ doorway
56 Brant Point replica Lighthouse Accessible Ramp to exhibit; 35″ doorway; 32″ interior doorway
57 Art Spot +++ S 3 steps; 31″ doorway (seasonal)

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EXHIBIT GALLERIES
Map Buildings Access Staffed Description
46 Voyages (Stillman Building) Accessible F Ground level; 34″ doorway; Elevator in building
47 Figureheads Accessible Ground level; 36″ doorway
48 Mallory Exhibit Hall Accessible F Side ramp; 44″ doorway
48 Mallory Exhibit Hall
Annex: Kid Activity Area
Accessible F Ground level; 36″ doorway thru Mallory Hall; 3 steps direct access
49 Greenmanville Church Accessible Side ramp 36″ doorway; 4 step front entry
50 Schaefer Exhibit Hall Accessible F Side ramp 42″ doorway
51 Benjamin F. Packard Ship Cabin +++  S 5 steps; 60″ doorway
52 North Boat Shed: My Grandfather’s Boats Accessible Ground level 40″ doorway
54 National Rowing Hall of Fame and Rowing History Exhibits +++ S 36″ doorway; narrow entry once in front entry

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SHOPPING
Building Access Staffed Description
Museum Store & Book Store Accessible F Ramp 60″ doorway to main floor; Book Store located on Second floor stair access only.
Maritime Gallery Accessible  F Ramp at VRC
Variety Store +++  S 5 steps; 36″ doorway
North Museum Store Accessible S Ground level

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DINING
Building Access Staffed Description
Latitude Restaurant Accessible F Rear ramp with automated doorway; 4 steps front access
Café and Bake Shop Accessible F Entry through Store via ramp; Front small bluestone walkway with 3 step entry
The Galley Restaurant (seasonal) Accessible S Front ramp; Internal ramp to restrooms and upper order area
Spouter Tavern (seasonal) ++ S Outside seasonal eating area – shell surfaced ground level; 2 step 31″ doorway

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ADMINISTRATIVE and OTHER BUILDINGS
Building Access Staffed Description
Visitor Reception Center Accessible F Wooden ramp
Navigation Station Accessible S Ground-level access
Dock Office Accessible S Ground level
Security/First Aid ++ F 2 steps
Membership Building ++ F Stone steps; 34″ entry
Collections & Research Center Accessible S Side ramp 36″ doorway; Front access six steps 36″ doorway
North End Ticketing & Store Accessible S Ground level; Paved entry
North End Restrooms Accessible S Ramp; 35″ doorway

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Please note: the list above is designed to provide an overview of access to various locations throughout the Museum grounds. This in no way indicates accessibility as defined by current State or Federal regulations only that a wheelchair or stroller can reach the location/exhibit entryway via ramp or ground level entry. The Museum is a replica 19th-century village and roadways, buildings, and access ways are portrayed in as authentic a manner as possible. Mystic Seaport works to enhance accessibility while maintaining the authenticity of the Museum experience.