CT Summer at the Museum

Governor Ned Lamont is bringing back the CT Summer at the Museum program for the 2023 season. Through this initiative, Museum admission is free to Connecticut resident children ages 18 and younger plus one accompanying adult. This program will run from Saturday, July 1st through Monday, September 4. The program provides children and families a chance to experience Mystic Seaport Museum and benefit from our programs, activities, and exhibits.

The Museum has committed to providing access to all Connecticut children for the entire duration of this program. There will be no limit to the number of free visits families may enjoy during the program, nor will there be designated time slots for visitation.

To be eligible, the children and adult must be Connecticut residents. Participants are asked to fill out a brief online form and reserve their free admission tickets in advance of their visit.

Have questions? See the full list of FAQs below!

The program will run through September 4, 2023.

* Food, beverages, and premium activities like boat rides/charters, Planetarium shows, and Build a Toy Boat crafts are available for an additional fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Advance online ticket reservations are required for entry and will expedite entry at the gate. Reservations can be made here

Proof of residency can be established with a CT driver’s license, ID card or any document showing residency in CT. The children and the accompanying adult must reside in Connecticut.

This program is geared towards families exploring together, not large camp groups.This program may not be used for group visits, such as visits from camps, youth groups, scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.

Yes! Parking is always free to our visitors and available at our North Parking lot across from the Thompson Exhibition Building, as well as the North Side of our South Parking Lot.

No! Mystic Seaport Museum will honor free admission for the duration of the program. There will be no limitation on the number of visits. There will also be no timed ticketing. Visitors can reserve their tickets online and enjoy the Museum any day, any time!

What to do while you’re here!

Get Out On The Water

Boathouse, River Cruises, and more!

Kid Spaces

Children's Museum, Home Port, Discovery Barn, Toy Boats


Explore space and time with multiple shows daily!

Dining Options

Greenman's Landing, Spouter Tavern, Propellor, & Anchor Cafe!

Become a Member

You Belong here!

Become a Museum Member today and not only will you enjoy free general admission all year long – and extra savings at our shops and restaurants – you will also help us serve and celebrate our community with great free events just like this.