Dates: February 15 – 17
Tickets: Regular Museum Admission
Please note: Tickets purchased online or at the gate for the Ice Festival are valid for all three days of the event.
Members: Museum Members come in for FREE!
Shake off that cabin fever with three days of winter fun at our annual Ice Festival!
Bundle up and celebrate the great outdoors in New England, then warm up in one of our many cozy indoor spaces. There will be special programs, including winter games and crafts, and winter working dogs – Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands (Saturday and Sunday) – and the following entertainments for children and adults:
- Ice sculpture demos (Sunday and Monday)
- Sock-skating rink for kids
- Toy boat building
- How to make pemmican, the original survival food
- A fire pit, with s’mores
- Working dog demonstrations with Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands (Saturday and Sunday)
- Horse-and-carriage rides (Monday)
- “Resonances Boreales,” a live music concert featuring the aurora borealis in the Planetarium
- The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Bollard will berth at the Museum, weather permitting.
Join us at the Treworgy Planetarium for a special performance of Résonances Boréales. This live piano performance by Canadian musician Roman Zavada is set to a stunning 360-degree video of the Northern Lights projected onto the dome of our Planetarium Theater. Daytime performances of Résonances Boréales are 30 minutes long and will occur at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on February 15, 16, and 17. Tickets for the daytime shows are $3 for members and $5 for non-members and can be purchased at the Planetarium starting at 10 a.m. on the day of the performance.
There will also be 60-minute shows at 7 p.m. on the evenings of February 14, February 15, and February 16. Tickets for these after-hours events are $8 for members and $10 for non-members (click on the dates for more information and to buy tickets for the evening shows).
Take the opportunity to see the Museum’s unique, world-class exhibition J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate before it closes on February 23. Participate in other Turner-related activities that will be on offer while you are visiting the Ice Festival.
Proceeds from ticket sales help sustain our mission to inspire an enduring connection to the sea. Each admission fee directly helps us preserve America’s maritime heritage by way of maintaining and restoring more than 500 historic vessels, conserving our historic buildings, safekeeping an extensive collection of 2 million+ maritime artifacts, providing access to maritime research, and supporting youth through scholarships and access to education programming. To visit Mystic Seaport Museum is to learn from our shared maritime past in order to engage in our nation’s present and future.