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February 2017

Life in Balance: The Art of Nikki McClure

February 3, 2017 - June 1, 2018
Artwork by Nikki McClure

In her first exhibition on the Eastern Seaboard, papercut artist Nikki McClure brings her vision of the world to Mystic Seaport with “Life in Balance: The Art of Nikki McClure,” a collection of original pieces that is now open in the museum’s C.D. Mallory Building. Considered one of the leading papercut artists in the world, McClure’s specialty is chronicling the details of everyday life. The exhibition consists of 36 original papercuts by the Washington state artist, representing a cross section…

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January 2018

Maritime Paintings at Spicer Mansion

January 1 - June 30
David Monteiro, Stormy Seas, Oil 12 x 16

Select paintings from the Maritime Gallery now adorn the walls of Spicer Mansion, a luxury boutique inn in historic downtown Mystic.

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Murmur: Arctic Realities

January 20 - April 22

Murmur: Arctic Realities will present a groundbreaking new experience by John Grade, one of world’s leading contemporary artists.

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February 2018

Maritime Paintings at Ocean House

February 7 - June 5

The Maritime Gallery is pleased to exhibit a select group of paintings at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI.

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March 2018

American Post-Impressionists: Maurice & Charles Prendergast

March 9 - June 10

During the run of the New Britain Museum of American Art’s new show, "American Post-Impressionists: Maurice & Charles Prendergast," members of Mystic Seaport will receive an admission discount.

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April 2018

Lunars: Finding Longitude by Lunar Distances

April 21 - April 22

An intermediate level class in the famous method of finding longitude by observing the Moon’s angular separation from the Sun and bright stars.

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May 2018

Lighthouses, Cottages, Seals & Tales of Fishers Island Sound On Board ENCORE

May 5 - May 30

Captain Jack Spratt will present a survey of Fishers Island Sound from European settlement to the Hurricane of 1938, followed by a cruise aboard ENCORE.

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Original Slow Food Movement

May 5
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One event on an unspecified date at 4:30pm

Learn the art of open-hearth cooking in the 1768 Buckingham-Hall House.

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Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail

May 8 - May 10

A fast-paced introductory workshop in the history and the techniques of celestial navigation as it was practiced aboard American vessels in the Age of Sail.

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Book signing: ‘Henny and Her Boat’

May 12

“Henny and Her Boat: Righteousness and Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Denmark," by Howard Veisz, is now available in our bookstore.

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James L. Nelson: From Tall Ships to Viking Longships

May 17

James will discuss the fascinating history of the Viking raiding, settling, and assimilating into Irish culture as well as share his own journey.

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Science, Myth & Mystery: The Vinland Map Saga

May 19 - September 30
The Vinland Map. Photo courtesy Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

When it was first unveiled by Yale University in 1965, the Vinland Map immediately became one of the most valuable and controversial documents in the world.

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The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden

May 19 - September 30
Viking Helmet, 7th century. Copyright: Gustavianum, Uppsala University Museum.

The exhibit includes priceless treasures, including helmets, shields, weapons, glass, and other artifacts dating back to the seventh century.

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Boating with Directions by Magnetic Compass

May 19

This workshop will teach the student to understand the Earth’s magnetic field and its influence on the compass

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Members’ Annual Meeting and Recognition Day

May 19
Member Burgee

Please join us for reports on the state of the Museum and Board of Trustees Election, our Milestone Member Recognition (starting with those members celebrating their 20th year), and a Memorial Tribute for those whom we have lost this year. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served. The meeting will be followed by special insider tours for milestone members only. Tour and sign-up information will be sent to milestone members directly.

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Book signing: Paul Krantz

May 19

Author Paul S. Krantz stops by to sign copies of his book, “Riding the Wild Ocean” in the Maritime Bookstore.

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Modern Celestial Navigation

May 26 - May 27

A fast-paced introduction to celestial navigation from a 21st century perspective.

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Book signing: Anders Winroth

May 26

Join us in the Maritime Bookstore for a signing of The Age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth.

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Decoration Day

May 28
Decoration Day

2018 is the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. Join us as we mark the day as they did in 1876.

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Fundamentals of Traditional Norse Boatbuilding

May 31 - June 3
Norse boatbuilding techniques

During this four-day, intensive class, participants will learn the fundamental boat building methods of the Viking Age.

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June 2018

New! Mystic Seaport Museum Garden Tours 2018

June 1 - June 3

Celebrate the arrival of summer 2018 with a private tour of the gardens at Mystic Seaport in the company of our master gardeners.

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Introduction to Wood Carving: Carve and Leaf a Star

June 2 - June 3
The Ship Carver shop at Mystic Seaport

Learn the fundamentals of wood carving and applying gold leaf by carving and gilding your very own star.

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Spring Seamanship Seminar

June 2

Start off your 2018 boating season with a visit to Mystic Seaport and leave with skills to enhance the rest of your season.

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Sea Music Festival

June 7 - June 10

Come hear an amazing array of performers from across the world perform traditional and contemporary maritime music.

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Boating with Tides and Tidal Currents

June 9
A mariner's compass manufactured by Jonathan Eade, circa 1750. Such compasses were crucial tools to assist mariners in determining in which direction they were sailing. Image courtesy National Maritime Museum, London.

This workshop will teach the student to understand the Earth’s magnetic field and its influence on the compass

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Book signing: William M. Fowler Jr.

June 9

Join us for a book signing of Steam Titans: Cunard, Collins, and the Epic Battle for Commerce on the North Atlantic by William M. Fowler Jr.

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Book signing: Paul Krantz

June 10

Author Paul S. Krantz stops by to sign copies of his book, “Riding the Wild Ocean” in the Maritime Bookstore.

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Plein Air Painters of the Maritime Gallery

June 12 - June 16

Artists can be found on the grounds of the Mystic Seaport capturing the shifting light along the Mystic River.

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Naturalization Ceremony

Mystic Seaport will be hosting a Naturalization Ceremony along with officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department.

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Plein Air Painters Exhibition

June 16 - September 23

The Maritime Gallery's latest show will present original art of the Museum grounds and environs.

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Viking Days

June 16 - June 17
Detail of a Viking Helmet from THE VIKINGS BEGIN Opening at Mystic Seaport in May 2108

The Vikings are coming to Mystic Seaport! Did you know that Vikings never wore helmets with horns? Or that the term “Viking” is actually a verb used by the Scandinavian people for when the men took time out of their summers to go “Viking?” Another etymology derives “viking” from the noun “vik”, meaning creek, inlet, or small bay. Two related exhibitions will coincide at Mystic Seaport this spring. The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden, one of the world’s…

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Introduction to Coastal Weather

June 16

The course will cover interpretation of weather maps, satellite images and marine weather forecasts but will concentrate on local observations which we can all make.

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The WoodenBoat Show

June 22 - June 24
WoodenBoat Show

The festival, which is hosted in partnership with WoodenBoat Publications, celebrates the design and craftsmanship of wooden craft.

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Small Craft Workshop

June 22 - June 24
Small Craft Workshop

Share your small craft with other registered boaters during this three-day celebration.

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Book signing: Paul Krantz

June 23

Author Paul S. Krantz stops by to sign copies of his book, “Riding the Wild Ocean” in the Maritime Bookstore.

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