Exhibition

Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition

Opens December 1

In 1845, Sir John Franklin led two ships into the Arctic to discover a Northwest Passage to Asia. Franklin and his crew were never heard from again. This most enduring of mysteries leapt into the headlines in 2014 with the discovery of Franklin’s flagship, HMS EREBUS. This exhibition pulls together every strand of this epic history.

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Exhibition

Science, Myth and Mystery: The Vinland Map Saga

EXTENDED: Through October 31

The Vinland Map has created controversy for 50 years. Discover for yourself what this story means about American identity.

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Exhibition

Kevin Sampson: Artist in Residence

Through Spring 2019

From retired cop to renowned artist, Kevin Sampson inaugurates our Artist in Residency program with his found art creations. Visit the C.D. Mallory gallery to see the breathtaking result of his Mystic inspiration.

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What is Mystic Seaport Museum?

Mystic Seaport Museum brings to life the joy of discovery and our need for connection. Our interactive campus is a portal into an unexpected, authentic world, inspiring an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.

I have been many times as a child, and just spent 2 days in Mystic and at the Seaport with my own children, ages 5 and 3. We had the best time. Great activities for the kids and adults. Time and money well spent - educational, different, uplifting, and interesting.

Heather, via Facebook

Great family experience! My kids loved touring the boats, candle making, boat building and blacksmith welding with Bill. The views are amazing and most of staff was excellent. Highly recommend!

Tara, via Facebook

The buildings were beautiful and it was easy to imagine I'd gone back in time. I enjoyed the demonstrations and heartfelt answers from the staff who clearly are where they are meant to be in the world.

Rileigh, via Trip Advisor

Had the great pleasure of taking my wife and 2 daughters, age 10 and 11, to Mystic. WHAT A BLAST. I was afraid my daughters would get bored being at a "museum" ... boy was I wrong. 5 HOURS LATER, I had to drag them out. Can't say enough about the experience. The entire staff is friendly, knowledgeable and so eager to help. Looking forward to our next visit already!!

David, via Facebook

Explore the Museum


On the Water

Ships hold our desire for adventure, escape, and a life beyond the horizon. Get on board.

Places to Go

The sea tells the story of our past, present, and future. Come and see.

Things to Do

Immerse yourself in real experience that you can feel, hear and smell.

1.3 Million
Photographs in the collection
520
Watercraft, 1824-2001
1,100
Nautical Instruments

Collection Facts

Mystic Seaport Museum is an experience. With ongoing activities, events and exhibitions there’s always something to do. Did you know the Museum also has a world-class collection of fascinating maritime art and objects? Learn about the collection and the research being done at the Museum.

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Where We Are


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Today's Hours

The Museum is open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Getting Here

Easily accessible by car, train or boat.

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