Members Tours: Paper Treasures from the Collections
Among Mystic Seaport Museum’s extraordinary collections are many gems on paper. Images of ships, boats, sailors, rivers, oceans, and beaches have illustrated many of America’s most familiar forms of printed artifacts including posters, prints, sheet music, currency, trade cards, advertisements, and more. Many of these items also represent fascinating stories, such as one particular steamship “disaster print” issued in 1854 by Nathaniel Currier. This attractive lithograph reveals stories of shipwreck, rescue, the California Gold Rush, America’s best maritime artist, and more! Join Senior Museum Curator Fred Calabretta as he shares the amazing stories of this rare print and many other fascinating examples of the Museum’s treasures on paper that are not accessible to the general public.
Please park in the lot across from Latitude 41 Restaurant and meet in the lobby of the Museum’s north entrance, the Thompson Exhibition Building. A membership staff member will greet you and lead the group across the street to the Museum’s Collection Research Center to meet your tour guide, Senior Curator Fred Calabretta. Personal cameras are allowed on the tour. Please note that all bags and jackets will be checked in the coat room of the Collections Research Center before the tour enters the Collections Vault for the tour.