The Role of a Museum

What is the role of a museum in these times of turmoil? As an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums, we subscribe to their statement:

“The museum field not only has a responsibility to ask the hard questions and learn from each other, we have a unique duty to listen, to chronicle the lessons and histories of our communities, and to educate future generations so that we might stop this senseless violence.”

We are a maritime museum that strives to tell the national story of America and the sea, to uncover and present that history–everyone’s history–for our country, so that we can learn the lessons that will help us create a just future for all. As such, Mystic Seaport Museum stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the black community to support their call for an end to racism and the violence it engenders.

Steve White, President, Mystic Seaport Museum