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February 2019

Member Tour: Behind the Scenes – Photography Collection

February 22
Studio portrait of a black man identified as Edward Wiggins. A dog sits beside him in a wicker chair. "Edw. [Edward] Wiggins" is scratched on the plate. Circa 1890-1899. Photo Credit: Mystic Seaport Museum MSM 1977.160.1171

Senior Curator Fred Calabretta will dig deeply into the Museum’s vast collections of photographs to display and discuss a number of special examples.

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Members Only: Eagle Cruise and CT River Museum

February 23
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St.
Essex, CT
+ Google Map

Beat the winter blues with an invigorating cruise along the Connecticut River to view majestic eagles and other local winter wildlife.

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March 2019

John Kerr and Carol Simons: Dreamers Before the Mast

March 14

Join us as authors John Kerr, ship’s historian, and Carol Simons share the many adventures experienced on board this extraordinary ship.

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Members’ Behind the Scenes Tour: Arctic Manuscripts

March 14
Image: Mystc Seaport Paul O'Pecko with a painting in the collections storage vault.

Members are invited to a special tour in the Collections Research Center to hear the stories behind selected artifacts from the Museum’s extensive maritime collection.

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Members Tour: MAYFLOWER II Restoration Project

Using a jackhammer to break up the concrete and metal ballast.

Second tour added! This Members Only tour will feature access to parts of the project not open to the public.

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April 2019

Eric Jay Dolin Lecture: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates

April 9
Masin Room, Thompson Exhibition Building + Google Map

Rev up for our upcoming Pirate Days with maritime author Eric Jay Dolin’s presentation about the “Golden Age” of piracy in America.

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Paul Krantz: Riding the Wild Ocean

April 11

Author Paul Krantz began his sailing career at the age of 3 when he went sailing for the first time with his father.

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Member Tour: Watercraft Hall

April 26

Members are invited to join us for a tour of our Watercraft Hall, which is the home of the remaining 460 vessels not accessible to the public.

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The Northwest Passage: The Voyages of the Exploration Yacht LATITUDE

April 26
Masin Room, Thompson Exhibition Building + Google Map

Captain Meahger’s presentation of modern photos and footage provides a contemporary view of the Northwest Passage and a unique perspective on the challenges faced by the Franklin Expedition.

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May 2019

Member Trip: Ellis Island

May 1

Join us for a trip to NYC to visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty!

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Mother’s Day at the Museum

May 12

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Mystic Seaport Museum!

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Members’ Annual Meeting and Recognition Day

May 18
Member Burgee

Please join us for our Annual Members’ Meeting.

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Dwight Collins: Biking the Atlantic

May 23

RESCHEDULED from November: Join us as Dwight Collins recounts his harrowing journey of over 2,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, a feat which earned him the world record for fastest human-powered crossing.

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June 2019

Acoustic Music Cruise on SABINO

June 13
Ride aboard one of the oldest wooden, coal-fired steamboats still in operation, the Sabino.

Start your weekend early with a musical Thursday night cruise downriver on SABINO!

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Member Evening: Spotlight on “Streamlined”

June 20

Explore the newly opened exhibition, "Streamlined: From Hull to Home" after hours, when the Museum is closed to the general public.

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July 2019

Music Cruise on Steamboat SABINO

July 11
Take a ride aboard SABINO, one of the oldest wooden, coal-fired steamboats still in operation.

Steam down the Mystic River towards Fisher Island Sound for a sunset cruise on SABINO with foot-stomping rock and roll sea chanteys with the band Sharks Come Cruisin'.

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Plymouth Whale Watch Adventure

July 17
Whale Breaching-Plymouth Whale Watch Adventure

Join us for a cruise through the waters of Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Banks to witness the majesty of whales in their natural habitat.

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SABINO Dixieland Jazz Cruise–SOLD OUT!

July 25
Take a downriver cruise aboard our 1908 steamboat SABINO.

Steam down the Mystic River towards Fisher Island Sound for a sunset cruise on Sabino with foot-tapping Dixieland jazz.

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The Restoration and Circumnavigation of Comet by Howard Park

July 26
Masin Room, Thompson Exhibition Building + Google Map

Talk by Howard Park about the restoration and circumnavigation of Comet.

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August 2019

Acoustic Music Cruise on SABINO–SOLD OUT

August 8
Side of a steamboat named Sabino

Start your weekend early with a musical Thursday night cruise downriver on Sabino!

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Member Preview: Mary Mattingly’s Open Ocean

August 10

For Members and Members Guests Only - An exclusive preview of Mystic Seaport Museum’s newest exhibit – Mary Mattingly’s Open Ocean.

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Mary Mattingly’s Open Ocean – Opening Day

August 10

Special programs for the opening of the artist Mary Mattingly's new exhibition "Mary Mattingly's Open Ocean".

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Plymouth Whale Watch Adventure

August 21
Whale Breaching-Plymouth Whale Watch Adventure

Join us for a cruise through the waters of Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Banks to witness the majesty of whales in their natural habitat.

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September 2019

September is Member Appreciation Month!

September 1 - September 30

Members Matter at Mystic Seaport Museum and September is when we say, "Thank you!"

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Tour Visiting Vessel FIRE FIGHTER + Watch a Film Screening of “Fireboats of 9/11”

September 11
Masin Room, Thompson Exhibition Building + Google Map

Tour Visiting Vessel FIRE FIGHTER + Watch a Film Screening of “Fireboats of 9/11”

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SABINO Dixieland Jazz Cruise—SOLD OUT!

September 12
SABINO

Steam down the Mystic River towards Fisher Island Sound for a sunset cruise on SABINO with foot-tapping Dixieland jazz.

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Members Only: Overnight on the JOSEPH CONRAD

September 14 - September 15
The Joseph Conrad

Mystic Seaport Members will have the opportunity to sleep on board the veteran training vessel, the JOSEPH CONRAD.

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Member Tour: ROANN and BRILLIANT – SOLD OUT!

September 18

Join us for this special opportunity to get onboard two of Mystic Seaport Museum’s incredible vessels, Roann and Brilliant. These extraordinary vessels are not available for public access. Our tour guide will take tour participants on board and below decks* for the first time, discussing the history of both of these remarkable vessels. Roann was constructed in the mid-1940s and remains one of the last surviving eastern-rigged draggers. She fished New England waters for more than 50 years. Brilliant is…

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Member Appreciation Night

September 20
Members, step inside our Membership Lounge during your next visit and enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade and Wi-Fi.

Visit Mystic Seaport Museum after hours for a free evening of Members-only special events.

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October 2019

Member Trip – Intrepid: Sea, Air & Space Museum

October 2

Join us for a trip to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

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Member Preview: J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate

"The Artist and His Admirers," 1827, J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) Tate: Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 ©Tate 2019

An exclusive preview of Mystic Seaport Museum’s newest exhibit – J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate

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Members Only: Collection Vault Tour

October 12
Scrimshaw from the permanent collection of Mystic Seaport Museum. A $735,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will fund new scholarship and curation of these artifacts, which will result in a new exhibition on maritime folk art with the working theme “The Sea as Studio.” (Photo credit: Joe Michael/Mystic Seaport Museum)

Mystic Seaport Members are invited on a special tour of Mystic Seaport Museum’s Collections Research Center. The Museum is only able to display a small fraction of its vast collection of artwork, ship models, scrimshaw, film, video, and other historical items through Museum exhibits. Join us as Senior Curator Fred Calabretta leads us into the vault to highlight a sampling of these incredible artifacts not available to the public.

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November 2019

Jim Tildesley: The Navy, the Mob, and Other Dominant Influences in Turner’s Britain

November 9
Masin Room, Thompson Exhibition Building + Google Map

Jim Tildesley, former director of the Scottish Maritime Museum and Member of the UK National Historic Ships Committee, discusses conditions in Europe during the time of celebrated painter J.M.W. Turner.

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Member Evening: “J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate”

November 15
Thompson Building Store, Thompson Exhibition Building + Google Map

Members evening with J.M.W. Turner

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2019-2020 Adventure Series: Gemina Garland-Lewis: Baleias e Baleeiros – The Work of a National Geographic Explorer

November 21
gemina garland-lewis

2019 -2020 Adventure Series

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