Mystic Seaport Museum to Hold Ice Festival February 15-17

Family activities include ice sculptures, working dog demonstrations, toy boat building, arts and crafts, and special music concerts in the Planetarium.

Mystic, Conn. (January 28, 2020) — Mystic Seaport Museum will hold its annual Ice Festival, February 15-17. The event will be three days of winter activities in conjunction with the exhibition J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate, now on display in the Museum’s Collins Gallery.

Families are invited to enjoy games, activities, music, and entertainment throughout the Museum’s grounds:

  • Ice sculpture demos (Sunday and Monday)
  • Sock-skating rink for kids
  • Toy boat building
  • Paint-n-sip
  • How to make pemmican, the original survival food
  • A fire pit, with s’mores
  • Working dog demonstrations with Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Horse-and-carriage rides (Monday)
  • “Resonances Boreales,” a live music concert featuring the aurora borealis in the Planetarium
  • The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Bollard will berth at the Museum, weather permitting.

In conjunction with the Turner exhibition, there will be daily screenings of the feature film Mr. Turner and periods of piano music in the gallery on Sunday and Monday. The exhibition ends it run at the Museum on Sunday, February 23.

New to the festival this year is “Resonances Boreales,”a live piano performance by Canadian musician Roman Zavada set to a stunning 360-degree video of the Northern Lights projected onto the dome of the Planetarium. There will be daytime and evening performances. Daytime performances are 30 minutes long and will occur at 1 and 3 p.m. all three days of the festival. Tickets are $3 for members and $5 for non-members and can be purchased at the Planetarium starting at 10 a.m. on the day of the show.

The evening shows are 60-minute performances beginning at 7 p.m. on February 14-16. Tickets for these after-hours events are $8 for members and $10 for non-members (General admission not required for the evening shows and tickets can be purchased in advance).

General admission tickets will be valid for all three days of the Ice Festival.

For more information, please visit mysticseaport.org/icefestival.

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that currently features J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate, the most comprehensive exhibition of Turner watercolors ever displayed in the U.S. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit https://mysticseaport.wpengine.com/ and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.