McGraw Gallery Quadrangle Project Timeline

A New Exhibit Hall

August 28, 2014

A New Exhibit Hall

Mystic Seaport has applied for permission to construct a state-of-the-art exhibition hall on the north end of the Museum grounds.

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Permit Approved for Gallery Quad

December 2, 2014

Permit Approved for Gallery Quad

The Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved Mystic Seaport’s plan to build a new exhibit hall and make numerous improvements to the grounds on the north end of the Museum.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Celebrates $1 Million Gift

January 8, 2015

Groundbreaking Ceremony Celebrates $1 Million Gift

The Thompson Family Foundation honors the late Wade Thompson, a former Mystic Seaport trustee, with a generous gift directed to the Museum’s new exhibit building.

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“Modern Masterpiece” Exhibition Opens

February 14, 2015

“Modern Masterpiece” Exhibition Opens

For more than 30 years, Mystic Seaport has selected for purchase one work from the annual International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery to fulfill the needs of the permanent collection. For the very first time, all of the works purchased over the last three decades are now exhibited as a group in our new exhibition, “Modern Masterpiece.”

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Gallery Quadrangle Named for Donald C. McGraw

March 2, 2015

Gallery Quadrangle Named for Donald C. McGraw

The Mystic Seaport Board of Trustees has decided to name the new Gallery Quadrangle for the late Donald C. McGraw, longtime supporter of the Museum and a charter member and first chairman of its National Council of Advisors.

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McGraw Quad Project Enters New Phase

April 29, 2015

McGraw Quad Project Enters New Phase

The McGraw Gallery Quadrangle project is entering a significant new phase as the contractor has almost completed demolition work and site preparation is underway for the construction of the Thompson Exhibition Building and the quadrangle landscaping.

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Construction Update

June 1, 2015

Construction Update

With demolition on the north end of the Museum grounds complete, the focus is now on installing new infrastructure systems.

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“Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers” Exhibition Opens June 20

June 20, 2015

“Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers” Exhibition Opens June 20

The exhibition is a new exploration of America’s historic and contemporary relationship with whales and whaling.

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Landscaping Goes In

June 29, 2015

Landscaping Goes In

The project enters a new phase this month with the completion of the new green and landscaping and the opening of two exhibits.

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The New Quad is Open

July 8, 2015

The New Quad is Open

The McGraw Gallery Quadrangle is now open for visitors to enjoy. On Wednesday, July 8, the last bit of sod was set in place and the construction fence was moved back to reveal the new landscaping.

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A New Foundation

August 31, 2015

A New Foundation

Construction on the new Thompson Exhibition Building continued throughout the summer with the excavation of the site and the pouring of the concrete foundation. In the end, a total of 6,450 cubic yards of dirt fill will be required to raise the grade above the level required for flood and storm protection.

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“Ships, Clocks & Stars” Opens in the R.J. Schaefer Building

September 19, 2015

“Ships, Clocks & Stars” Opens in the  R.J. Schaefer Building

Mystic Seaport officially opened its newest exhibit, “Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude” with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 19. Museum staff and dignitaries gathered in front of the newly renovated R.J. Schaefer Building to offer some brief comments and declare the exhibit open to the public.

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Building Up, At last

October 28, 2015

Building Up, At last

The last two weeks have been quite exciting in terms of progress on the new Thompson Exhibition Building as the first of the laminated wood beams arrived and the contractors began to finally build up.

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New Exhibit by Dalvero Academy Opens

November 21, 2015

New Exhibit by Dalvero Academy Opens

Artists focused on the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan to create the artwork for “Journey of Transformation: An Exploration of Our Evolving Relationship with the Whale by Dalvero Academy.”

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The Final Beam

December 15, 2015

The Final Beam

The construction of the Thompson Exhibition Building reached a milestone with the installation of the final wood beam.

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Project Receives $2 Million State Grant

January 29, 2016

Project Receives $2 Million State Grant

The Connecticut State Bond Commission has approved $2 million in state funding to assist with construction.

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Framing the Future Raises $1 Million

March 30, 2016

Framing the Future Raises $1 Million

Framing the Future, a mini-campaign within the larger Museum in Motion campaign, offered donors the opportunity to name each of the 10 “glulam” beams that support the roof and walls of the Thompson Exhibition Building and “frame the future “of Mystic Seaport. As of the end of March, all ten support beams were committed and nearly $1 million has been pledged or given to Mystic Seaport.

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McGraw Quad Dedication

May 20, 2016

McGraw Quad Dedication

Mystic Seaport formally dedicated the new Gallery Quadrangle for the late Donald C. McGraw in a ceremony on May 20.

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“Over Life’s Waters” Exhibition Opens May 21

May 21, 2016

“Over Life’s Waters” Exhibition Opens May 21

For the past several decades, Charles and Irene Hamm have dedicated their time and resources to developing a renowned art collection focused on American coastal art. This spring the Hamm’s labor of love will be displayed at Mystic Seaport in “Over Life’s Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm.”

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Mystic Seaport Presents “Arts on the Quad”

June 7, 2016

Mystic Seaport Presents “Arts on the Quad”

The series of outdoor concerts and theater will be staged this summer on the new McGraw Gallery Quadrangle.

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Opening Celebration

September 24, 2016

Opening Celebration

The opening celebration for the Thompson Exhibition Building will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 24. There will be a brief ceremony on the Cambridge Plaza in front of the entrance, after which…

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Open to the Public

September 24, 2016

Open to the Public

Hundreds of people gathered on the Cambridge Plaza in front of the Thompson Exhibition Building to help celebrate the opening of the newest addition to the Museum.

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Thompson Family Foundation Gives $1 Million

October 5, 2016

Thompson Family Foundation Gives $1 Million

Mystic Seaport announced today it has received a $1 million gift from the Thompson Family Foundation to support the Thompson Exhibition Building, the Museum’s first new exhibition building in more than four decades.

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