The Mystic Seaport waterfront

Support America’s Maritime Heritage

Since its founding in 1929, Mystic Seaport Museum has grown to become the nation’s leading maritime museum. What began as a modest effort to gather and save some of the disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, is now a world-class collection of more than 2 million historic objects, watercraft, documents, photographs, ships plans, and the basis for a superior visitor experience, innovative educational programs, and much more.

Mystic Seaport Museum is devoted to preserving and interpreting America’s maritime heritage. Through its core values of knowledge, authenticity, inspiration, stewardship, and community, the Museum significantly influences how new generations engage with our nation’s past, present, and future. We invite you to join us in our pursuit.

While admission fees, membership dues, and investment income all help to fund the people, programs, and collections of the Museum, it is continuing philanthropic support that provides the margin to maintain and grow the operation of this national treasure. Your gifts ensure the ongoing care of the Museum and guarantee that future generations will benefit from the inspiring legacy that is Mystic Seaport Museum.

There are many ways to give, both large and small, and we invite you to join us in our mission to foster an enduring connection with America’s maritime heritage.

The America and the Sea Award Gala and Auction

The America and the Sea Award, established by Mystic Seaport Museum in 2006, honors and celebrates those who embrace the scholarship, exploration, adventure, aesthetics, competition, and freedom that the sea inspires.

Wendy SchmidtThe America and the Sea Award Gala and Auction is the single largest fundraising event for Mystic Seaport Museum. Proceeds provide vital funding for the exhibitions, educational programs and activities at the Museum that tell the story of our nation’s maritime heritage. Programs like school visits, educators workshops, and community sailing will benefit from the resources raised throughout the evening. Delivery of public history at this level can only be achieved with strong charitable support.

The 2019 America and the Sea Award will be presented in New York City on Wednesday, October 30, to American businesswoman and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt in recognition of her incredible portfolio of work devoted to our oceans made possible through the many organizations she has founded, led, and inspired. For invitations, please email advancement@mysticseaport.org or call 860.572.5365.