Mary Mattingly's Open Ocean

Mary Mattingly has immersed herself in the collections vault in search of “evidence of how the sea has always challenged the rigidity of modern, terrestrial life; how its very nature permits a different tenor of creativity.”

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Streamlined: From Hull to Home

Open through August 25

Presenting Mystic Seaport Museum collections items rarely shown, this exhibition charts the progress of streamlining from naval engineering through design/manufacturing, and into our everyday vocabulary. Featuring boats, outboard motors, and images from the Rosenfeld Collection, along with household objects and advertisements, it's a perfect summer exhibit.

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J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate

Opens October 5

Mystic Seaport Museum, in partnership with Tate, London, will host a major monographic exhibition devoted to the watercolors of one Britain’s greatest painters: J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Mystic Seaport Museum will be the only North American venue for the exhibition.

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Find Your Adventure

Climb aboard the last wooden whale ship in the world. Meet blacksmiths, coopers, printers, and shipwrights in an authentic setting. View world-class exhibitions in our five galleries. See the stars in our planetarium and take a waterfront cruise.

Streamlined is a beautiful exhibit! Lots of room to fully enjoy the artifacts. Saw my same juicer there that I still use, and many other items that I have used in the past. The boats and models are gorgeous, the motors so unique. Don’t wait, go now!

Mary H.P., via Facebook

If you love boats and ships this is the place to go. My favorite thing is you can go to the boathouse and rent a rowboat or sailboat and cruise around the harbor. How many museums let you play with their toys?

Matthew S., via Facebook

Had a wonderful, full day exploring the old ships. The volunteers were knowledgeable and enjoyed telling stories about the ships' history, and the restoration work. Also got a peek at the Mayflower II being refurbished.

Jon, via TripAdvisor

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

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
Watercraft, 1824-2018
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


Purchase your ticket today to start your adventure at Mystic Seaport Museum.


Open every day
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Getting Here

Easily accessible by car, train or boat.

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