Museum/Program/Site States: Connecticut

Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program

A joint venture of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program educates undergraduates in a semester-long, interdisciplinary exploration of America’s oceans and coasts. Every semester, 17–24 students of all majors from colleges and universities across the US attend Williams-Mystic. Closely guided by faculty, students study maritime history, literature of the sea, marine…

Custom House Maritime Museum & New London Maritime Society

The mission of the New London Maritime Society (NLMS) is to protect and preserve New London’s U.S. Custom House, three area lighthouses, and Long Island Sound, and to promote,  interpret, and celebrate the rich maritime life & history of the port of New London and the surrounding region through museum exhibitions, educational programs, and preservation initiatives. Telling…

USS Nautilus – Submarine Force Museum

The United States Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum, located on the Thames River near Groton, Connecticut, united States, is the only submarine museum managed exclusively by the Navy History & Heritage command division of the U.S. Navy, which makes it a repository for many special submarine items of national significance, including USS Nautilus (SSN-571).

Old Lighthouse Museum – CT

The Stonington Harbor Light is a historic nineteenth century lighthouse located on the east side of Stonington Harbor in the Borough of Stonington, Connecticut.  

US Coast Guard Academy Museum

The facility displays historical artifacts from the US Coast Guard, the smallest of the nation’s armed forces and the oldest life-saving service in the world. The museum was named Best Military Museum in New England in Yankee magazine’s 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards. Admission is free and the facility is handicap accessible.   PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The…

Connecticut River Museum

The Connecticut River Foundation at Steamboat Dock was established in 1974 as a small, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the dream of establishing a museum that would preserve the history of the Connecticut River and its people. The purchase of the 1878 Steamboat Warehouse building, docks and surrounding property was the beginning of that dream becoming…

Mystic Aquarium

Just north of Mystic Seaport in Connecticut is a wonderful and interesting aquarium. It has tidal pools, many sea creatures on view, and several very active large mammals. The hands-on activities are interesting and help students to understand the complexities of working with machines in water. The aquarium is home to the Institute for Exploration,…

SoundWaters

SoundWaters is the #1 choice of schools in the Long Island Sound region that study environmental and marine science. Led by a dedicated staff of experienced, professional educators on land and on-board its 80’ three-masted schooner, SoundWaters teaches over 32,000 students from 64 communities and 160 schools each year about Long Island Sound and its…

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium is located at the mouth of the Norwalk River in Norwalk, Connecticut. Exhibits, activities and educational programs explore the marine life of Long Island Sound and its watershed, as well as a variety of other marine habitats. The Aquarium holds over 1,000 aquatic animals, including harbor seals, sharks, jellies, sea turtles and…

Mystic Whaler

Mystic Whaler was built in 1967 for the New England windjammer trade and is a tribute to the coastal trading schooners that plied her home waters a century ago. In 1990, after 23 years of service, the Mystic Whaler was retired. In 1994, John Eginton, a former captain of the Mystic Whaler, formed Mystic Whaler…

Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of…

Joseph Conrad at Mystic Seaport

Built in Copenhagen in 1883 and named for Georg Stage as a memorial to the young son of Frederik Stage, a prominent ship owner, the vessel was designed to accommodate 80 boys in training for the Danish merchant service. Run down by a British freighter in 1905, the Georg Stage sank, but soon afterward she…

Brilliant at Mystic Seaport

The schooner Brilliant was launched at City Island, New York, in 1932. She was built to the highest standards possible for a round-the-world voyage. Although not built primarily for racing, she entered the 1932 Bermuda Race and was not far behind when the Highland Light broke the existing course record. In 1945, she was purchased…