Member Communities

Mystic Seaport PILOTS

Members at Mystic Seaport Museum is more than just free admission. The Museum offers members the opportunity to pursue personal interests as part of a variety of communities that focus on an aspect of maritime history. Whether your interest is research, art, watercraft preservation, or simply pitching in to support a worthy cause, we have a job for you!


Mystic Seaport volunteersVolunteers at Mystic Seaport Museum are integral to the operation of the Museum. On any given day, one can find volunteers performing a wide range of tasks across the grounds, whether it is in the Shipyard, the exhibits, the Collections Research Center, or the gardens–and these are just a few of the opportunities. If you have a particular talent or enthusiasm that you would like to share, we encourage you to get involved.


Watercraft Hall PILOTS group 2012Mystic Seaport Museum PILOTS are a special breed of volunteer. They gather two weekends a year to perform a variety of special work projects alongside Museum staff. The program is designed to give members a greater understanding of the Museum’s day-to-day operations and special insight behind the scenes of Mystic Seaport Museum.

Library Fellows

Ship's libraryThe Fellows of the G.W. Blunt White Library is a small group of individuals who have joined together to support the Library, its collections, and programs. Membership consists of researchers, writers, professors, librarians, booksellers, and others with deep maritime interests. In addition to contributing financial resources to the Library, many Fellows serve either as volunteers or advisers. Membership to the Fellows is attained through nomination by other Fellows.

Gallery Patrons

Maritime Gallery patrons at the opening reception for the International Art exhibitionThe Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading gallery for contemporary marine art. The Patron Membership Program seeks to join discriminating collectors who love the art of the sea. Patrons enjoy special benefits including invitations to private events, previews of significant exhibitions, and a discount on purchases from the Gallery.

Mystic Seaport Ship Modelers – MSSM

The Mystic Seaport Ship Modelers is a passionate group of modelers taking their love of the sea, watercraft, modeling, and creating ship models of all types and sizes. The MSSM meets the second Saturday of every month at the Museum to discuss modeling tips and techniques, show off their latest creations, and, even, run or sail their R/C boats. If you have an interest in ship modeling, including display models, radio control, sail electric and steam, please join us. All skill levels are welcome. Membership is open to all Mystic Seaport Museum members and staff with no extra fee. For more information, please contact smallyachtsailor@gmail.com.