Accessibility Guide

The Mystic Seaport waterfront in Mystic, Conn.

General Information

Welcome! Mystic Seaport is an outdoor history museum and re-created seafaring village. The Museum covers 19 public acres and has more than 40 historic and reconstructed buildings. Unpaved roads and cobblestone sidewalks lead to houses, workshops, vessels, and gardens typical of 19th-century rural New England. Boarding vessels is done through a variety of wooden gangways with battens to prevent slippage. Throughout the village and waterfront, the demonstration squad, interpreters and staff re-enact and discuss the daily life, work, and community celebrations of earlier generations. Approximately one-third of our buildings have wheelchair-accessible entrances; interior access varies. The village’s unpaved roads are generally firm and stable suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. All roads are basically level with a few slight inclines located near the Children’s Museum, Treworgy Planetarium and Membership Building. Food service and restrooms are conveniently located on Museum grounds and are handicap accessible. The Visitor Reception Center, located across from the Museum’s south parking lot, is the main entrance for most visitors. Ticketing and information services are located here. Please enter the Visitor Reception Center by passing through our welcome garden and courtyard. Special needs visitors will receive a 50 percent discount on admission. One additional adult attending to the special needs visitor will also receive a discount of 50 percent on admission. No additional discounts apply. Prices are subject to change–please contact 860.572.0711 with any pricing questions.

Museum Services

  • Parking: Handicapped designated spaces are located in the main visitor north and south Museum parking lots, located east of Greenmanville Avenue (Museum is across street on west side along the water).
  • Handicap-Accessible Rest Rooms: Located in the Visitor Reception Center, near the Variety Store and Thomas Greenman House, at Lighthouse Point, as well as in The Galley and Latitude 41° Restaurant.
  • Wheelchairs: Available for loan at the Visitor Reception Center on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Strollers: Adapted strollers for children with disabilities are allowed in accessible buildings and exhibits.
  • Service Animals: Welcome on grounds, in exhibits, and on vessels.
  • Dogs: Leashed pets are welcome, but may not enter buildings, ships, or be left unattended.
  • First Aid: Located within our Security Building. First-aid staff available during Museum hours.

Additional Facilities

Food and Beverages: Available at the Café & Bake Shop; Schaefer’s Spouter Tavern (seasonal); The Galley Restaurant (seasonal) and Latitude 41° Restaurant. Buildings have varied accessibility. Please see Physical Access to Museum Buildings for specific details by building. Shopping: The Museum Store, Book Store, Variety Store, Café & Bake Shop, and Maritime Gallery have varied accessibility. Please see Physical Access to Museum Buildings for specific details by building. Research Library: Please contact the Research Desk at 860.572.5367 or email at collections@mysticseaport.org/ for hours of operation.

For the Safety and Comfort of All

  • Walk carefully — Village roads, buildings floors, and vessels are like those of early New England.
  • Some of our historic buildings cannot accommodate strollers.
  • Smoking, eating, and drinking are not permitted in buildings or aboard vessels.
  • Please do not walk or climb on fences, walls, or trees.