Study this Summer at the Munson Institute

Explore the Museum's collections with the Munson Institute

Scholars explore the Mystic Seaport collections while taking part in the Munson Institute.

Mystic Seaport’s tall ships, historic buildings and scenic waterfront will be the campus for a group of amateur and pre-professional scholars this summer.  From June 26 through August 3, the Museum will offer University of Connecticut courses in American maritime history through the Munson Institute. For the past sixty-six years more than 650 students, including hobbyists, museum professionals, college and secondary school teachers, have broadened their understanding of American history through the Munson Institute.  The courses may be audited or taken for credit.

Maritime history as taught at the Munson Institute embraces a broad range of subjects, including sailing technology, women, the environment and coastal communities. Students learn in a traditional classroom setting and through access to the extensive holdings of the Museum’s Blunt White Library.

Students also learn through the untraditional: the 19-acre campus of the nation’s leading maritime museum. During the 6-week summer session, students are encouraged to examine sail handling on the museum’s large vessels like the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Small rowing and sailing craft are also available on the river, and museum staff especially enjoy interact with Munson Institute participants. Mystic Seaport offers incomparable exhibits and a team of more than 150 professionals from a wide range of disciplines.

Leading scholars comprise the faculty of the Munson Institute. Glenn S. Gordinier, Robert G. Albion Historian at Mystic Seaport co-directs the program along with Eric Roorda of Bellarmine University. Award-winning scholars from a variety of other universities round out the faculty.

The Munson Institute is open to graduate students, advanced undergraduates, auditors, and all others interested in immersing themselves in maritime history. For information about classes or on-campus housing please call 860.572.5359 or email