Mystic Seafest

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Come celebrate life on the ocean wave! All summer long in 2021 Mystic Seaport Museum is holding Mystic Seafest, a series of fun events for the entire family and those who simply want to enjoy a day out by the beautiful Mystic River. From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, our Museum will host a continuing series of concerts, boat shows and parades, a new exhibition and exhibits, lectures, and much more.

So watch our website, follow us on social media, or sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any of the fun.


Free Kids Admission

CT Summer at the Museum LogoFrom July 1 to September 6, Connecticut children ages 18 and younger, plus one accompanying adult, can visit Mystic Seaport Museum for free as part of the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program. The program is part of Gov. Ned Lamont’s plan to use recovery funds to provide students and families engaging educational and enrichment experiences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible, families must be Connecticut residents. Participants are asked to fill out a brief online form and order their free admission tickets in advance of their visit. There is no limit to the number of free visits families may enjoy during the program.

Please note the free admission offer is not available during The WoodenBoat Show, August 20-22.


Arts on the Quad

Join us for the final installment of our Arts on the Quad series this Saturday, August 28 with Rosa Mestre & Friends! The performance is free with a suggested donation of $10 per person. Visit the Museum’s newest exhibit which will stay open late, A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.

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A Panorama Festival

Join us for a weekend of adventure celebrating The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World. This 1,275-foot-long painting, painted by Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington in 1848, is being shown in sections in an exhibition at Mystic Seaport Museum, and depicts in fascinating detail the voyage of a whaleship on its journey around the globe.

Partake in a full weekend of special programming and hands-on activities for kids and adults celebrating the cultures, food, music, and journeys of The Grand Panorama. From the Azores to West Africa, and Brazil to Hawaii, this Labor Day weekend at the Museum will be one you won’t want to miss!

Some highlights:

  • Take your taste buds on a trip around the world with Brazilian, Nigerian, & Peruvian food trucks, among others! (11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day)
  • Enjoy music from around the world in a daily performance
  • Hear amazing stories from a panel of sailors who have circumnavigated the world
  • Dive deeper into the subject matter with a Panorama lecture
  • See the stars of the Panorama in our Planetarium
  • Brush up on your nautical fiction with our theatrical production, “Moby-Dick in Minutes”
  • Younger visitors can enjoy crafts in our Home Port activity center
  • Go on a Panorama scavenger hunt
  • Check out wood carving demonstrations by guest artists
  • Get creative with your own chalk panorama

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Yoga on the Deck

Join certified yoga instructor Sara Kimball for evening yoga classes this summer on the beautiful open-air Benet Deck of the Thompson Building at Mystic Seaport Museum. Sara breaks things down into actionable, adaptable steps that will help you start, no matter what your level of experience, strength, or flexibility. Enjoy one of the most beautiful settings in the area as Sara guides you in moving your body through its full range of motion, building balanced strength and mobility. Classes run June 23-Setember 15.

Artist in Residence: Joyful Enriquez

Mystic Seaport Museum is excited to welcome visiting Artist-in-Residence Joyful Enriquez, from July 21 to September 4. Joyful’s childhood nighttime dreams of breathing and swimming underwater with whales fueled a fascination with the underwater world and a calling to become a marine wildlife artist. As an artist and a member of the Society of Animal Artists, Joyful creates to help re-awaken wonder and hope once forgotten. This residency provides a fantastic opportunity to meet the artist and learn about marine wildlife art. Be sure to stop by the Burrows House and say hello!

You can follow Joyful on Instagram @joyfulfineart or on her Facebook page.