College and Graduate Programs

“Higher education” takes on new meaning atop a 60-foot mast.

Mystic Seaport Museum is renowned in academia for the innovative Williams-Mystic: The Coastal and Ocean Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport Museum – the only undergraduate semester of study taught at a museum. But that doesn’t begin to describe the experience. Students in the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program spend time studying mankind’s relationship with the sea in the field – on the shores of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and from onboard a fully rigged sailing ship.

Graduate students have a school of their own in the Munson Institute, which includes its own extensive courses and hands-on experiences.

Mystic Seaport Museum also offers many summer internships that allow students to immerse themselves in many areas of the Museum, from archives and curatorial to interpretation and costuming. Many fellowships and research positions are also available.


The joint program with Williams College

Munson Institute

The Museum's graduate level program

Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship

Funding researchers from universities, colleges, and museums

Summer Internships

Earn college credit this summer