Maritime Art Gallery

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s foremost gallery specializing in contemporary marine art and ship models. For more than 30 years the Gallery has been privileged to exhibit the works of leading maritime artists from across the globe. Located at Mystic Seaport Museum, the Maritime Gallery overlooks the historic Mystic River and attracts art lovers and collectors from around the world. Every purchase of artwork supports the maritime preservation work performed by the Museum.

Artists Spotlight

Watch Gallery artist Joel Popadics explain how he approaches a watercolor painting.

Celebrate the Art of the Sea

Shane Couch, “After the Jibe”, Oil, 24 X 36

Shane Couch, “After the Jibe”, Oil, 24 X 36

On view year-round are the finest examples of original contemporary marine art by award-winning artists who celebrate the beauty of ships under sail. The Maritime Gallery also features original maritime landscapes of sea, shoreline, and wildlife, as well as ship models and scrimshaw. Every piece captures the timeless beauty of our nautical heritage.

Through its parent organization, Mystic Seaport Museum, the Gallery is proud to offer access to the world’s leading experts in the marine field, and the highest standards of scholarship, integrity, and connoisseurship that the nation’s finest maritime museum represents.

Enjoy Art Programs and Events

The Maritime Gallery hosts year-round art education and art appreciation events. At the unique Behind the Canvas program, noteworthy Gallery artists share their personal stories about how they create a work of art through lectures, slideshow presentations, and live demonstrations. At the opening of the Gallery’s annual International Marine Art exhibition, the public can meet some of the participating artists at an Artists’ Walk and listen as they share how they created their works and what inspires them to produce their art.

Become a Gallery Patron Member

You are cordially invited to become a Patron member of the Maritime Gallery and join discriminating collectors like yourself who love the art of the sea. You’ll enjoy special invitations to two private Gallery previews annually, where you have the exclusive opportunity to meet world-class marine artists and purchase original artworks at a special Patron discount before they are offered to the public. As a Patron member, you also enjoy family membership privileges at Mystic Seaport Museum.

We hope you will visit us soon.

Monique Foster Signature




Monique Foster
Director of the Maritime Gallery