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Mystic Seaport 
the Museum of America & the Sea.

75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, Connecticut

Phone: 860-572-5315 -- 888-9SEAPORT (toll free)
TTY: 860 572 5319

Statement of Purpose:

Mystic Searport ~ The Museum of America and the Sea  is dedicated to preserving our nation's maritime heritage. Mystic Seaport, an internationally recognized maritime museum, is located along the beautiful Mystic River. It is a museum village of historic tall ships, New England homes, shops; an impressive maritime collection all brought to life by a friendly staff ; and an actively working preservation shipyard Plan to spend a full day.

The mission of Mystic Seaport is to create a broad, public understanding of America and the sea.

Highlights & Collections:

More than a museum building, it is a museum village of historic tall ships, New England homes and shops; and an impressive maritime collection all brought to life by our friendly staff.

The power and the passion of the sea are alive year-round at Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea - located in Mystic, Connecticut. Founded in 1929, Mystic Seaport is a national treasure housing the largest collection of boats, maritime photography in the world.

Mystic Seaport is a big, happy, welcoming place. It's indoor and outdoor, close to nature and full of life. In the summer months, green-leafed trees, sunshine and flowers abound. Cooler weather brings crackling coal stoves and hot mulled cider. Evergreen trees atop the masts of tall ships are a holiday tradition.

Mystic Seaport is great for families. It offers some structure yet freedom to choose activities and discover interests. Spend time together in a variety of ways from physically active to mentally challenging to awe-inspiring.

Step back in time to a 19th-century village with trade shops, historic homes and tall ships. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride through the seafaring village . Watch crafts people keep traditions alive in the shipsmith, cooperage and carving shop. Board age-old ships including the majestic Charles W. Morgan , the only wooden whale ship in the world.

Explore the Henry B. duPont working shipyard and meet the people who maintain the Museum's prized collection of boats and ships. See the lumber piled high, hear the sound of a caulking mallet and smell the saw dust waft through the air.

Books and Periodicals

Film and Video

Historic Buildings

Primary Source Collections

Maps and Charts Collections

Maritime Art, Artifact, Tool and Instrument Collections

Photography Collections

Ships Plans Collection


Exhibits & Special Events:

The best time to visit Mystic Seaport? Anytime from January to December.

There’s always something going on at the nation’s leading maritime destination. Especially during our many special events. Check out the 2003 calendar of events, offering uniquely entertaining experiences for sea lovers and landlubbers of all ages:


February 15-23 — ­KIDS’ LIBERTY DAYS. Long stretches of boredom...repetitive, we’re not talking about sailors, but kids. Just as sailors needed vacations or “liberties” from their duties, so do kids during February school vacation. During this long-awaited week, kids are welcome to explore a different kind of education institution, with discounted admission for all visitors.


MAY 24 - 26 — LOBSTERFEST. The history and location aren’t enough New England for you? During Memorial Day Weekend, make a classic New England experience even more so by cracking some claws in our open-air boat shed on the banks of the Mystic River .


JUNE 7 - 8 — SMALL CRAFT WEEKEND . Looking for the biggest event in the area this weekend? Think small. Small craft enthusiasts and “size-challenged” boats of all varieties fill the Mystic Seaport waterfront for the 34 th year in a row. 


JUNE 12 - 15 — SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL . The fastest way to improve upon the scenic Mystic Seaport waterfront? Just add music. As in our Sea Music Festival, featuring formal concerts by world-famous musicians performing on gleaming decks under billowing sails.


JULY 4 — INDEPENDENCE DAY . Go back in time and experience an authentic 1870s Fourth of July celebration. No hoop skirt or handlebar moustache required. Discover an earlier spirit of independence with special ceremonies, a rowdy children’s parade, the uproarious cast of “Antiques & Horribles” and an old-fashioned spelling bee for children.

JULY 26 - 27 — ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT RENDEZVOUS. Just like any gathering of classic vehicles. But this one just happens to take place on water. And midday Sunday, dozens of beautifully restored pre-1950s wooden power and sail boats parade down the Mystic River with their costumed crews.

JULY 29 - AUGUST 3 — 3RD ANNUAL MODEL YACHT REGATTA. Don’t let the name fool you – these aren’t the models you built as a kid. Eight feet long, 10 feet tall and weighing 65 pounds and more, these wondrous model yachts provide a different perspective to our waterfront. Watch as different classes compete in six days of championship races. Or seize a unique opportunity to sail one yourself on the river.

JULY 31 - AUGUST 1 — MELVILLE MARATHON . Never got around to reading Moby-Dick? Well, here’s the perfect chance. In fact, someone will even read it to you, in the perfect setting – the last wooden whaleship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan. Celebrate Herman Melville’s birthday with a 24-hour marathon reading of his classic novel.

AUGUST 16 - 17 — ANTIQUE MARINE ENGINE EXPOSITION . The transition from sail to engine power was a momentous event for the maritime industry – and the world. Experience it firsthand as collectors from across the U.S. and Canada show off a humming, steaming display of antique marine engines.

SEPTEMBER 21 — BY LAND AND BY SEA: ANTIQUE VEHICLES AT MYSTIC SEAPORT . At the turn of the century, commerce depended more than ever before on connections between land and sea. Get up close and personal with the vehicles industry relied on at a dazzling display of authentic antique cars, trucks and motorcycles from the turn of the century. And at the end of the day, stay for a truly classic parade. 

OCTOBER (DATES TBD) – NAUTICAL NIGHTMARES: NEW ENGLAND GHOST STORIES AT MYSTIC SEAPORT . Experience an eerie evening at Mystic Seaport. Hear tales of New England ’s historic ghosts, legends and unsolved mysteries. Haunt historic vessels and exhibits, and hear spooky stories of lighthouses and ghost ships. Nautical Nightmares is not recommended for children under seven.

OCTOBER 11 - 13 — CHOWDERFEST .  A perfect New England combination: cool sea air and hot “chowda.” Add spectacular fall foliage and amazing views of the waterfront, and you’ve got one unforgettable Columbus Day weekend. 

NOVEMBER 28 - 29 — MYSTIC SEAPORT FIELD DAYS. House filled with kids for Thanksgiving? Get all that excess energy out at our Field Days, filled with traditional games on the village green, wagon rides, hot cider and rollicking songs of the sea.

DECEMBER 4 - 21 — LANTERN LIGHT TOURS. One of Connecticut’s most popular yuletide activities, our Lantern Light Tours bring you back to theatrical scenes of Christmas past with horse-drawn sleigh rides, visits to old St. Nick and rowdy revels in our 19 th-century-style tavern. These evening dramas sell out fast, so make sure you purchase tickets in advance – available September 29 by calling 888.9SEAPORT. 


DECEMBER 21 — COMMUNITY CAROL SING . Get into the joyous spirit of the season at a good old-fashioned carol sing. And not just any carol sing. You’ll be backed by a brass quartet, the Mystic Seaport carolers and the beautiful backdrop of the Mystic River . Bring a canned good for a local charity and museum admission is free.



Admission & Directions:

Admission to Mystic Seaport is

Mystic Seaport is conveniently located one mile south of I-95, exit 90 and offers many amenities to make your visit comfortable: restrooms, restaurants, phones, shopping, wheelchairs (first come, first serve), and free parking.



Key Personnel:

Douglas H. Teeson, President & Director

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