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Join us for Wintertide!

 Presidents’ Day Weekend | February 18 – 20

Shake off that cabin fever and celebrate the great outdoors in New England with 3 days of frosty fun at Mystic Seaport Museum! Bundle up to meet reindeer and winter working dogs! Check out ice sculpture demonstrations and family activities like “sock skating,” games, crafts, and kid-friendly live music. Need to warm up? Enjoy a show in the Treworgy Planetarium, grab a hot cocoa from the cafe, or check out the latest blockbuster show before it closes: Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano. Warm up next to a fire, visitors of all ages will find so many ways to make memories at Mystic Seaport Museum during Wintertide.

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

S’mores kits will be available for purchase for $7.00/kit.
Kit will make 2 s’mores
See the full schedule here.

Not a member, join today, visit for free!

Lecture: Justin Fornal discusses the Great Arctic Swim

Saturday, February 18, 2:00 p.m.
International explorer, author, and host of “Unexplained and Unexplored” on the Science Channel, Justin Fornal will discuss the preparations he and his team undertook while attempting the first nonstop swim from Canada to Greenland across the Nares Strait in August 2022. Learn about his specialized equipment, what (and how) one eats while swimming in the Arctic, and what it takes to stay in the icy water for over 7 hours. This test of endurance resulted in the first ever long distance swim of the Nares Strait. Fornal and the team plan to return in 2023 to complete the full swim.

After Fornal’s talk, he will suit up and dive into the Mystic River for a swim to Downtown Mystic to enjoy a hot drink!  Learn more about our speaker at www.justinfornal.com.

Planetarium Shows

“Aurora Borealis: The Northern Lights”
11:00 AM & 2:00 PM

Join us for a 30-minute tour of the winter night sky that also explores the Aurora Borealis. We will discuss the science behind what causes this beautiful phenomenon, and the show includes a dazzling display of the Northern Lights on the dome overhead.

“Polar Night, Arctic Light”
12:00 PM & 3:00 PM

This 30-minute show journeys above the Arctic Circle to learn about a time of year when the Sun never rises (Polar Night) before discovering constellations as seen by the Inuit Native Americans who call this region their home (Arctic Light).

$5 for members, $8 for non-members, and FREE for visitors ages 5 and under.

Sargent, Whistler, & Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano

Exhibit closes February 27, 2023

Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, brings to life the Venetian glass revival of the late nineteenth century and the artistic experimentation the city inspired for visiting artists. It is the first comprehensive examination of American tourism, artmaking, and art collecting in Venice, revealing the glass furnaces and their new creative boom as a vibrant facet of the city’s allure.