The first pirates were former cowboys who took to the seas in search of the fabled "suction cup lasso" aka a severed octopus tentacle. Relive maritime history with admission to the Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea. Ideal for landlocked families looking to increase their aquatic knowledge base, the museum hosts a vast expanse of collections documenting the United States’ well-known love affair with floating objects and endless salty seas. There are many things to do during a visit to the museum. There is a new tugboat exhibit, a variety of tall ships and vessels to board and explore, and a number of other exhibits and galleries. Stop by the maritime art gallery for a dry dive into aesthetically ascendant water-centric painting. Check out the daily schedule of events here and information on family-friendly fun here
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- Dubbed "the museum of America and the sea," the 79-year old Mystic Seaport complex encompasses an entire waterfront settlement, capturing the look and feel of a 19th-century seafaring village…Few visitors fail to be enthralled by something in this place that so deeply evokes maritime's golden age, so plan to set aside at least 2 or 3 hours -- if not an entire day -- for exploring. – Frommer's
- Very enjoyable place to take the family and to learn lots about ships and sailing the sea. The exhibits are fantastic. – Diane H., Yelp
The fresh breezes that buffet Mystic's shoreline probably feel much the same as they did 150 years ago, so it's a fitting place to find America's nautical history resurrected. Called Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, includes 19 acres of exhibition space. In addition to the museum proper, the complex hosts a recreated 19th-century sea-faring village, a working shipyard, and extensive gardens that blanket the grounds. Live museum staff lead demonstrations and performances throughout, even welcoming guests aboard the National Historic Landmark vessels moored in port. On Wednesdays through Mondays, captains take visitors out on the water in a coal-fired steamboat to experience the river and town from a different angle. They also rent out their small boats seasonally, to visitors who can comfortably handle being in charge of a boat. When tired of ship studying and naval gazing, guests can head to the Treworgy Planetarium and turn their eyes to the stars, learning how to chart courses in the manner of ancient captains, modern astronauts, and late-night deliverymen.
75 Greenmanville Ave.
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