If you haven’t made your way over to Mystic Seaport Museum this summer, there are a couple more weeks to take advantage of free admission. Connecticut children ages 18 and under – plus one accompanying adult – can visit Mystic Seaport Museum for free through September 6. The program, which was announced earlier this summer by Gov. Ned Lamont, is part of an effort to provide students and families with educational and enrichment experiences using COVID-19 recovery funds.
“After a traumatic year where children were cooped up in front of a computer screen, we are pleased to offer an outdoors learning experience, where they can be outside, go for a boat ride, and learn new things — but most important, get out in the fresh air and have fun with their family,” said Museum President Peter Armstrong.
Eligibility for the program requires children and adults to be Connecticut residents. Participants are encouraged to complete a brief form on the Museum’s website to order free admission tickets in advance of visiting. Mystic Seaport Museum does not limit the number of free visits families may enjoy during the program. Everyone who qualifies for free admission may attend any day of their choosing.
You will find no shortage of fun and exhibits when you visit the Museum. Included in admission is A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World. The Panorama is the longest painting in North America, owned and conserved by the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The painting is more than 1250 feet long and recreates the experience of a whaling voyage of the 1840s. The painting depicts the voyage of a typical mid-19th century New Bedford whaleship on its journey ‘round the world’ in pursuit of whales. The details are stunning and mesmerizing and depict scenes in Azores, Cape Verde, Brazil, Tahiti, and Hawaii.
To purchase your free admission tickets, visit https://mysticseaport.wpengine.com/visit/ct-kids-free-admission/.
No matter your age, you’ll want to visit the Mystic Seaport Museum, but if you qualify – be sure to take advantage of Connecticut Kids Free Admission.