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Mystic Seaport Museum to Host Wintertide During Presidents’ Day Weekend

Mystic, Conn. (January 30, 2023) – Mystic Seaport Museum will be celebrating the great outdoors during Wintertide, an event spanning three days over Presidents’ Day Weekend. Visitors can shake off the cabin fever and experience frosty fun the whole family will enjoy!

Featured activities will include:

10:00 am-12:00 pm, Daily: Live Ice Sculpture Demonstration (weather permitting)

11:00 am-4:00 pm, Daily: Meet reindeer! There will be four reindeer on the grounds for visitors to interact with and pet.

11:00 am-3:00 pm, Daily: Meet working winter dogs, St. Bernards (Saturday) and Newfoundlands (Sunday and Monday).

1:00-3:00 pm, Daily: Kid-friendly live music in the Meeting House, with Steve Elci & Friends (Saturday), BenAnna Band (Sunday), and Craig Edwards (Monday).

2:00 pm, Saturday: Justin Fornal discusses his Great Arctic Swim (longest continuous swim in the Arctic). Then he’ll dive into the Mystic River and swim from the Museum to downtown Mystic!

2:00 pm, Sunday: Indigenous Cooking Demonstration at Buckingham-Hall House with Silvermoon LaRose (Narragansett/Niantic).

Visitors will also be able to enjoy daily planetarium shows, sock skating, games, crafts, talks across the grounds on a variety of topics including whalers in the Arctic, Gerda III and the rescue of Danish Jews, tales of the Mystic ice trade, and more.

Propeller Café and Schaefer’s Spouter Tavern will  be open serving up a variety of food and beverage options to compliment the frosty theme including, hot cocoa and s’mores kits.

Guests will have the opportunity to warm up next to a fire while enjoying their hot cocoa and then check out the Museum’s blockbuster exhibition, Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, before it closes on February 27.

“We’re flipping the script on winter, which often confines activity to indoor spaces.  Wintertide is a celebration of winter, utilizing our grounds to reimagine the season with a combination of outdoor exploration and indoor adventures,” says Museum President Peter Armstrong.

Most activities are included with general admission and free for Museum Members. Tickets purchased online for Wintertide are valid for all three days of the event.

Learn more, purchase tickets and see the full event lineup here.


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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.