Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea - is the nation's leading maritime museum. Explore American maritime history firsthand and climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19th-century coastal village or watch a working preservation shipyard in action. The Museum is located one mile south of exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT.
Mystic Seaport is a museum that strives to inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.
Mystic Seaport will significantly influence how new generations engage with our nation's past, present and future.
Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea. If you have found your way here, it is probably because you either have a love for the sea and all things maritime or you were looking to provide your family with an authentic and memorable experience. While our website has much to offer the first-time visitor, such as planning for a visit, it also provides the member and/or scholar the additional opportunity to explore the breadth of our collection, to undertake some preliminary research or to gain a deeper understanding of an element of our collection. Whatever your purpose, we hope that you'll linger here for a while.
If you love sailing and the sea, you will love this place. Even if you don't sail, it is fascinating. This was an active shipbuilding area in the 1800s and the museum has preserved many of the buildings and transported others from other communities in the area. They have created a small ship building village. They also have a number of historic ships that you can tour. One of the fun things to do is to sit and listen to sea shanties being sung and you can join in as well. They also sometimes do a ceremony on the old whaling ship called Good Old Horse. It has good story behind it and a catchy song that goes along with it. You can also see various boats being repaired, blacksmiths working, and a variety of other things that no longer exist in every day life.
Clean and great exhibits. Living history on display. It's not cheap but worth it. Lots of parking. Gift shop has neat stuff and lots of unique sea-related books. Lots of great stuff available not easily found elsewhere even in New England.
This is a great seaside recreation of a whaling town -with the real whaling ship - the Charles Morgan restored and docked. There are many demonstrations of seaside town crafts from the bygone era - and although many of us do not agree with whaling today - to see how the people who depended on the trade and fishing is very interesting. I first came as a child and many of my schoolmates and I have dear memories of seeing the living history here in the ship and in the many demonstrations that are given. I have also brought adults visitors from around North American and the world and they have enjoyed their time visiting. Please Note that dogs -except for service dogs - are not allowed into the exhibits - this is a heads-up for those that travel with their dogs!
Mystic Seaport is not only the aquarium but, the town around it is based on the aquarium too! The aquarium has a great mission with some of the animals (sea lions) which is rehabilitating them so they are able to go back into the wild. It is indoor and outdoor which is fun but, the best part are the belugas! They are breathtaking and amazing! Outside is great for taking pictures too! Overall, Mystic Seaport is very fun but, aimed more towards kids who are 7-12 but, is very enjoyable for all ages!
Keith R. Marley
Mystic is always a fun place for me. I love being around the water, the old ships and boats and everything nautical. It's history makes it all the more fun. Bring walking shoes ~ a lot is Outdoors and try to watch the weather.
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