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Riverfest returns to Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum kicks off summer early with Riverfest on Saturday and Sunday, June 1–2! There will be many activities to satisfy curiosities and adventurous spirits over this two-day event. Visitors will be able to tour visiting fishing vessels docked at the Museum and immerse themselves in special historical demonstrations like cod fishing, open-hearth cooking, and sail handling aboard historic vessels. Enjoy local seafood and beverages while listening to live music by the Mystic River. Shop at a variety of artisan vendor booths, and peruse the newest exhibitions: Entwined: Freedom, Sovereignty, and the Sea and Spineless: A Glass Menagerie of Blaschka Marine Invertebrates. The Museum Boathouse will also be open, allowing visitors a chance to spend time out on the water with a captained boat ride or on their own in a sailboat, rowboat, or pedal boat.

This event is free for Members and included in general admission for non-members.

For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets visit the event page here. Tickets are also available at the gate. Plan your visit to Riverfest at Mystic Seaport Museum and find your sea story!

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Mystic Seaport Museum Pirate Days returns April 9–10

Mystic Seaport Museum is pleased to announce the return of Pirate Days, taking place on April 9–10. This exciting two-day event guarantees outdoor fun for the whole family, with a wide range of activities and entertainment.

Attendees will have the opportunity to embark on a treasure hunt adventure throughout the Seaport Village. Equipped with a treasure hunting kit, participants will follow clues on the pirate map to discover hidden loot, along the way meeting friendly pirates and enjoy captivating performances. Pirate-themed games, crafts, and activities will also be available. Visitors are encouraged to dress the part and join in the pirate parade on the Village Green.

Admission to Pirate Days is included with General Admission for non-members, while Members enjoy free entry. A pirate kit is available for an additional $8 per participant (free for Members). The kit includes a treasure hunt, pirate accessories, and access to the final prize.

Additional activities include:

  • Games on the McGraw Gallery Quad 
  • Theatrical performances on the Performance Stage
  • Pirate crafts in the Toy Boat Workshop 
  • A cannon firing drill at Middle Wharf 
  • Pirate story time in the Funk Children’s Museum
  • Pirate musical performance on the Performance Stage
  • “High Seas” planetarium shows at Treworgy Planetarium (Admission $8, Members $5, children 5 and younger are free)

To learn more and see a full list of activities and times visit www.mysticseaport.org.

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Journey through time celebrating holiday traditions of past and present during Lantern Light Village at Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic, Conn. (November 15, 2023) – Mystic Seaport Museum is excited to bring back Lantern Light Village this December. This is an outdoor, self-guided experience allowing visitors to travel between modern day and 19th-century holiday seasons. Lantern Light Village promises to be a memorable outing featuring lighting displays, live music, horse and carriage rides, fireside gatherings, a visit from St. Nicholas, and a variety of holiday-themed activities including stories, crafts, and games.

A new theatrical event, “Holiday Heirlooms,” will tell the story of the Noyes family and explore how their Christmas traditions changed over several decades between 1851 and 1893. Various locations across our 19th-century seaport village will serve as the backdrop for the theatrical performances, further allowing our visitors to become part of the story by partaking in a 19th-century dance, hearing songs of Christmases past, and sharing in the family’s Christmas holiday.

Each evening will feature live chantey music in the village along with music by local choirs, including: 

  • Stonington High School Chamber Choir – December 8, 9, & 23 
  • Stonington Madrigal Singers – December 15 & 16 
  • CT Yuletide Carolers – December 21 & 22 

This experience takes place predominantly outdoors, regardless of weather conditions. Therefore, it is advised to dress in attire that will keep you warm and dry to fully enjoy the experience.  

Some areas of the campus are illuminated solely by the soft glow of kerosene lanterns, which enhances the 19th-century ambiance. Visitors can bring a personal light source, such as a flashlight or headlamp, for added convenience. Please be aware that pets, except for service animals, are not permitted on the grounds during this event due to the presence of horses.  

Lantern Light Village will be held on Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 from 5 – 8 p.m. each evening. 

Admission prices for this event are as follows:

Adult (Ages 13 and up) $29, Members $24

Youth (Ages 4-12) $24, Members $19

Ages up to 3 are free

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit here. 

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.