All the Highlights
The places you must see and things you must do to earn your sea legs. The crown jewel of our National Historic Landmark watercraft, a sample of the 19th-century village, and awe-inspiring exhibits you wouldn’t want to miss.
The “crown jewel” of the Mystic Seaport Museum collection, the CHARLES W. MORGAN, has outlived all others of her kind. Built in 1841 in New Bedford, MA, the Morgan is America’s last surviving wooden whaleship and a precious piece of maritime history.
This shipsmith shop was built in New Bedford, Mass., by James D. Driggs in 1885. It is the only manufactory of ironwork for the whaling industry known to have survived from the 19th century.
The most romantic and mysterious of all artifacts from the Age of Sail, these figureheads, billetheads, and catheads also demonstrate the extraordinary skill of their craftsmen.
What did the Mystic River area look like in 1870? This spectacular model, over 50 feet long, features more than 250 detailed dwellings, shops, barns and lofts, as well as five local shipyards.
Witness the art of wooden shipbuilding in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, an awe-inspiring opportunity to watch skilled craftspeople perform skills made nearly extinct by steel and fiberglass.