Summer at the South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum announces summer exhibits, boating season, and events at 12 Fulton St and Pier 16. Free exhibits on offer include the new South Street Introductory Gallery and The Rise of New York, as well as a recently reconfigured return of popular millions: migrants and millionaires aboard the great ocean liners, 1900-1914.

Also now open is Seaport Discovery: Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle, a maritime-themed art discovery room by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children. Each exhibition and the Eric Carle discovery room will be open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the Wavertree Tall Ship, Ambrose Lightship and Pier 16 Outdoor Exhibit continue to welcome visitors free of charge Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission includes access to the galleries and Wavertree, and pre-timed tickets can be booked at you can also choose to add a free guided tour of the Ambrose or $5 tickets to the Eric Carle Discovery Room.

The 2022 sailing season for the 1885 schooner Pioneer and the 1930 tug WO Decker rides is underway, with departures from Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets) until October 30, 2022. Tickets for the rides onboard Pioneer and Decker are available at

Upcoming monthly public programs include Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along, Vinyasa on a Vessel, a sailing cargo delivery by the schooner Apollonia, Coffee with Captains, and more. For more information, visit

Tours on Wavertree are self-guided along a set route and will include access to the main deck and back deck. Discover how the people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo ship, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks and crew. Next, visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform where you can admire the huge main cargo area. Learn more about Visitors to Ambrose can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark to see the living and working spaces once inhabited by sailors stationed on Ambrose, as well as the special features that allow the ship to fulfill its mission to remain in station. , to be seen, and to be heard. Free guided tours of Ambrose will depart four times daily. Learn more about

South Street and the Rise of New York explores the pivotal role the Seaport and South Street played in securing New York’s place as America’s premier city and its rise to become the world’s busiest port in the early 20th century. century. The exhibit draws from the Seaport Museum’s extensive collection of artwork and artifacts via a large reproduction and selected artifacts on display related to the history of New York Harbor in the 19th century.

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires on the Great Ocean Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side by side, the dichotomy between first and third class passengers aboard ocean liners at the turn of the 20th century. This exhibit features both original artifacts and reproductions from the museum’s permanent collection, including ocean liner memorabilia and ephemera, ceramics, and luggage trunks of immigrants and first-class passengers.

A new maritime-themed art discovery room by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of young children’s picture books, Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle, is specially designed for children ages 2 to 4. 7 years and their adults. Huge immersive murals will bring families into Carle’s book A House for Hermit Crab and the freighter adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Visitors will enjoy activities such as meeting a live hermit crab, driving ferries on a giant game table, and seeing cargo ships through the eyes of a rubber duck, all while exploring the use of color and patterns by Carle. In June, the exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per child ages 1-12, with no charge for chaperones, teens, and infants. Advance tickets are recommended and can be reserved at

Vinyasa on a ship

Starting May 21, 2022, join the South Street Seaport Museum for a 60-minute vinyasa-based yoga practice on the deck of the tall ship Wavertree. Start your Sunday with a mindful and physical practice accessible and challenging for all levels, enhanced with information about the Wavertree itself. Practice will be followed by a tour of Wavertree for anyone wishing to participate. Yoga will continue every third Sunday through August. The event is free and registration is required.

Coffee with the captains

The Seaport Museum partners with the schooner Apollonia to transport sailing freight cargoes like cider, wool and honey from the Hudson Valley to Pier 16 between May and October. See Apollonia deliver its cargo and join a rotating selection of ship captains, including Apollonia’s Captain Sam Merrett, for a coffee brought ashore that morning. Meet some of the crew members who will share sailing stories and answer your questions about sailing, boating and sustainable boating. Apollonia will dock at Pier 16 on May 28, June 25, August 27, September 24 and October 22. The event is free and it is recommended to register in advance on

Apollonia boat boxes

Members of the public are invited to order a monthly subscription from Boat Box for pickup at Pier 16. This is a new offering for Apollonia’s second season of sailing freight transporting goods up the Hudson River to at New York Harbor. Each Boat Box contains a number of Hudson Valley products from local shipping partners, ranging from maple syrup to hot sauce to soap. Proceeds from Boat Box sales go directly to paying sailors aboard Apollonia to pursue its low-carbon mission. Orders must be placed at least 10 days before the scheduled delivery dates of May 28, June 25, August 27, September 24 and October 22. For more information, visit

June Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along

The South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly marine music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music — the original NYC chantey chantey, now made popular on TikTok — continues Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET, in person aboard the tall ship Wavertree. Join a round robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Singers of all skill levels, as well as listeners, are welcome to lead or request a song, join in the choirs or just listen as we perform traditional maritime labor songs and ballads on the first Sunday of each month. The event is FREE. For more information and to register, visit

Sail through New York Harbor aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer

The only place to cruise New York Harbor aboard a historic 1885 schooner! Take in the sights of New York Harbor, the beautiful Lower Manhattan skyline, and Governors Island from the decks of this National Register of Historic Places ship. Bring the family for an afternoon of sailing, a date for a sunset sail, or just yourself to enjoy some history at sea. See the city from a new perspective as you grab a halyard to lift a sail or just sitting back and enjoying the view. Bring a picnic for lunch or dinner, an afternoon snack, drinks or a bottle of wine to enjoy during your two-hour sail.

Take a ride on the 1930 WO Decker Tugboat

Take a thrilling 75-minute ride on the last New York-built wooden tug WO Decker, recently named “Tug of the Year” by the Steamship Historical Society of America. Cruises will explore New York Harbor and views can include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery and Governors Island as you embark on an adventure like no other!

Schooner Pioneer and tug WO Decker are also available for charter from May to October 2022, and charter booking is now open. Charters sail through New York Harbor, one of the most fascinating ports in the world, and offer breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the skylines of New York and New Jersey, as well as ‘a chance to witness all manner of vessels, from tugboats to cruise ships, carrying out their duties on the waterfront. Departing from Pier 16, these historic vessels are ideal for private sails, outings of group or company and the turning of photos or films. Prices range from $1,000 to $3,000 and early bird discounts are available. To reserve your group and book a personalized charter experience today, contact [email protected].

Educational programs and excursions are offered on board both ships and booking for school groups is now open. Head to New York Harbor for an outdoor educational experience students will never forget. During a two- or three-hour sailing program, each class will enjoy unique activities such as towing on ropes to hoist the sail, viewing the Statue of Liberty and other historic landmarks, and the search for organisms at the bottom of the Port. Programs are customized to fit grade level and curriculum, with prices starting at $500. Scholarships are available and Title I school groups are encouraged to apply. For more information or to book your group today, contact [email protected].

Seaport Museum memberships include unlimited access to museum exhibits, invitations to special events and great year-round discounts, including 20% ​​off WO Decker and Pioneer sails. Memberships start at $50 and help support Museum exhibits, preserve ships and collections, expand public programs, and serve more than 12,000 students each year through educational initiatives. To join the Museum as a member, visit

Be sure to check out the latest COVID-19 protocols at Please note that people over the age of 5 will need to show proof of full vaccination to enter the exhibit spaces. Proof of vaccination can be provided in the form of a physical vaccination card, NY Excelsior Pass app or NYC COVID Safe app when you check in at the front desk at 12 Fulton Street. Additionally, masks are required at all times in indoor spaces on the Seaport Museum campus.

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