Mystic, Conn. (June 30, 2022) – CT Summer at the Museum returns this summer and kicks off on Friday, July 1. Mystic Seaport Museum was awarded a grant from Connecticut Humanities to support the Museum’s participation in this program which invites Connecticut children ages 18 and under plus one accompanying Connecticut resident adult to visit participating museums free of charge from July 1 through September 5, 2022.

Funding for the initiative is provided by the CT General Assembly, with the support of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA.

The Museum has committed to providing access to all children for the entire duration of this program. There will be no limit to the number of tickets available, nor will there be designated time slots for visitation. The program will run through September 5 regardless of fund availability.

“We are thrilled to participate in this program again and provide children from across Connecticut the opportunity to experience everything the Museum has to offer,” said Peter Armstrong, president of Mystic Seaport Museum. “In the off season we committed to making improvements to enhance our visitor experience and we can’t wait to see children and families take advantage of those offerings.”

Some of our offerings include;

Get Out On the Water

The Museum’s location along the Mystic River allows families to get out on the water this season. Included with Museum entry, our Boathouse offers free rentals of row, pedal and sail boats.  Visit here to learn more about all the ways you can get out on the water.

Fun, Experiential Learning for Children

The Susan Stucke Funk Children’s Museum provides a hands-on environment for children ages 4 to 7 to engage in such activities as swabbing the deck, moving cargo, cooking in the galley, dressing in sailors’ garb, and more.

Home Port is the Museum’s family activity center located in the P.R. Mallory Building, geared towards children ages 8-12 with a variety of crafts and amusements.

Discovery Barn is designed for families and themed around the schooner L.A. Dunton, it explores the scientific principles behind a boats sail power, stability, hull shape, and the simples machines behind running it.

Visit here to learn more about these spaces and more!

Enhanced Food Offerings

Enjoy our newly renovated spaces and updated menus at Greenman’s Landing (formerly The Galley), Propellor Cafe, Anchor Cafe or enjoy a quick bite to eat and a variety of drink options at Spouter’s Tavern while children run and play with the Charles W. Morgan as their backdrop. Explore the new menus here.

The Museum continues to offer world-class exhibitions including, Story Boats: The Tales They Tell, Figureheads and Shipcarvings, Sailor Made: Folk Art of the Sea, Sea As Muse and more. Other experiences available for an additional fee include Treworgy Planetarium, Toy Boat Building and river cruises aboard Liberty.

“There isn’t enough time in one day to see everything the Museum has to offer, and with the CT Summer at the Museum program, families can come back as they please for a unique experience each and every time,” says Armstrong.

To learn more about the CT Summer at the Museum program, visit our site here.


Media Contact

Sophia Matsas
Director of Marketing & Communications
Mystic Seaport Museum
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About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime Museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” The Museum’s grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT, and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. For more information, please visit mysticseaport.org and follow the Museum on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

About Connecticut Humanities

CT Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.

About Connecticut Office of the Arts 

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is the state agency charged with fostering the health of Connecticut’s creative economy. Part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, the COA is funded by the State of Connecticut as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.