Museums, Programs, Historic Sites
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 the largest collections of maritime photography in the country.
The newly opened Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT.
The museum offers a variety of educational programs ranging from kindergarten to a summer graduate institute. Visitors also may take classes in traditional maritime skills and trades, learn to sail, sing sea chanteys, and study celestial navigation along with many other activities.
Lecture series, summer camps, and overnight voyages on a classic wooden schooner are offered as well. During the course of every day, a demonstration squad and historic interpreters show visitors what life was life at sea and on shore during the 19th century.