From the President
An Experience Greater Than Ever
On behalf of the entire Mystic Seaport community, and especially the staff, thank you to everyone who helped make 2016 such a milestone year for Mystic Seaport! With the completion of the Thompson Exhibition Building, the opening of SeaChange, the successful conclusion of the Museum in Motion and the Sabino capital campaigns, and necessary campus upgrades from south to north, together we brought to conclusion a number of important strategic initiatives.
Now, as we look to 2017 and beyond, there is so much to look forward to. For starters, we will open three new exhibitions. Life in Balance: The Art of Nikki McClure opens February 18. On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection opens March 4, and the 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists opens October 14. All three, when combined with our other existing exhibitions, will offer our visitors a rich and varied look at the diverse themes imbedded in our relationship with the sea.
On the waterfront, Sabino will be back in service at some point over the summer of 2017 with the exact date depending on when we receive her new boiler this spring. The Shipyard is busy with the Mayflower II project, as well as getting things ready to replace the L.A. Dunton’s rig. Our friends from Norway will return in the spring to open up the Draken Harald Harfagre with its exact plans for this summer still unknown at this time.
Work continues behind the scenes with a number of our buildings and programs, but I’d like to highlight a recent grant that we received from a family foundation for upgrades to the Children’s Museum. New paint, a roof, and a new HVAC system will ensure that this important area of activity for young families will continue in the best manner possible. It is a good example of our efforts to find the means in order to address accumulated deferred maintenance, which on a campus this size is significant.
In many respects, this will be the first summer in a while that our campus and our visitor experience is whole: no construction, no significant vessels out of the water or missing from their normal berths, and the full impact of the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle will be realized. The depth and breadth of our visitor experience will be greater than ever, skillfully provided by our staff and volunteers whose commitment to the Museum’s mission is unparalleled.
We begin 2017 open to the public, Thursday through Sunday, with over a dozen buildings around the Quad open with seven indoor formal exhibitions and additional programming and activities in the Planetarium, the Children’s Museum, the Membership Building, the Buckingham-Hall House, and, of course, the Charles W. Morgan. While you are here, stop by Spouter’s Tavern for a bite and perhaps do a bit of shopping in the Museum Store and the Maritime Gallery. We look forward to seeing you around the campus, and be sure to bring your friends to experience winter at Mystic Seaport!