Maritime Art Gallery to Close

inside of the maritime art gallery at mystic seaport museum

As a casualty of the COVID-19 crisis and the weakening marine art market, Mystic Seaport Museum has made the difficult decision to close the Maritime Art Gallery.

The Gallery was founded by Rudolph Schaefer III in 1979 as a business venture to support Museum operations and to provide a venue to nurture the careers of emerging artists in the contemporary maritime art field. Many of the leading artists at work today got their start at the Gallery. It has also enabled a deep relationship between the Museum and the American Society of Marine Artists.

Unfortunately, the Gallery has faced declining sales in recent years as art-buying trends have shifted and the demand for maritime art declined. The economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Museum to review all aspects of its business operations with a focus on sustainability. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation, Mystic Seaport Museum has decided to close the Maritime Gallery on August 23. Effective immediately, the Gallery will be open on a limited basis and by appointment.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Monique Foster, Gallery Director, at 860-572-5388 or monique.foster@mysticseaport.org/.



Steve White
President and CEO
Mystic Seaport Museum