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On Exhibit October 15

“..gleeful, lavish and nothing short of visual joy.” - The Washington Post 

Sargent, Whistler & Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano opens in the Collins Gallery of the Thompson Exhibition Building on Saturday, October 15. 

Produced and organized in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Sargent 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, art-making, and art collecting in Venice, revealing the glass furnaces and their new creative boom as a vibrant facet of the city’s allure.

Travel to Venice with us this fall.  

Free Admission for SNAP EBT Participants

The Museum has launched a pilot program under its Caring for our Community initiative to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit the Museum by offering free general admission to those receiving food assistance (SNAP). The program will run from September 6 through December 31, 2022.

Make it a September to Remember

Annual Antique Vehicle Show: By Land & By Sea

Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Mystic Seaport 25th Annual Antique Vehicle Show, By Land & By Sea, will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Enjoy nearly 100 pre-1932 vehicles, an afternoon Grand Parade around the Village Green and out through the Shipyard south gate. Bring your camera and take advantage of a great opportunity to photograph motoring history.

Sunset Cocktails at the Seaport

Thursday, September 29, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Experience a guided rum flight tasting, a behind-the-scenes exhibit tour, and a bespoke Temperance-era cocktail with internationally-renowned mixologist and exhibit curator Anthony Caporale.

Artist in Residence: Serena Bates

September 6 – 24

Mystic Seaport Museum is excited to welcome Artist-in-Residence Serena Bates, from September 6 – 24 , Tuesday to Saturday, in the John Gardner Boat Shop Annex. 

9/11 Remembrance Event

September 11, 11:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

In memory of September 11, we will screen “Fireboats of 9/11” in which visiting vessel and National Historic Landmark FIRE FIGHTER has a starring role. Take a guided tour of FIRE FIGHTER and watch an impressive water display (weather permitting).

Cottagecore Cooking

September 11, 6 - 8 p.m.

Come discover the historical roots of your favorite Instagram aesthetic! 

An Afternoon of Sea Music 

September 16, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of sea music at the Museum on September 16! Enjoy a performance by Denise Kegler from 2:30-4:00 PM and then stick around for a pub-sing of sea chanteys from 4:00-5:30 PM. 

Talk like a Pirate Day!

September 18, 12 - 3 p.m.

Ahoy, me hearties! Aaarrr you ready to talk like a pirate?? Join our friendly pirates on Sunday, September 18 for “Talk Like a Pirate Day” at Mystic Seaport Museum!

Falling for October Events

Halloween Happenings

October 22 - 31

Fall is a special time at Mystic Seaport Museum and a highlight is always our Halloween events. This year is no exception. From pumpkin carving, to a spooky-ish and fun Jack-o-Lantern Walk through our historic village — complete with games, crafts, and live music — to our Community Trick or Treat on October 31. 

We hope you will join us for one  — or all — of these fun events.

Riverfest: A Musical Experience

October 8 - 10

Visit Mystic Seaport Museum October 8-10 for boats, beer, and bands! Learn from visiting fishing vessels, try local brews, and enjoy lively music.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 10, 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a Cooking Demonstration with Tomaquag Museum in the Buckingham Hall House, and a discussion in the Masin Room with Silvermoon LaRose (Narragansett/Niantic), and Dr. Jason Mancini about the recently recovered autobiography of a Native American mariner, published anonymously in 1832.

Gondola Rides for the Sargent Opening

October 15, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Come enjoy the Mystic River by Gondola as part of the opening weekend of Sargent, Whistler & Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano.

Wood Carving Sampler Class

October 16, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Want to try your hand at traditional shipcarving? Join us for a sampler class in our historic Shipcarver’s shop!

Intro to Historic Hand Sewing

October 20, October 27, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join our Historical Costume Shop Manager for an introductory class on historical hand sewing.

Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail

October 29, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A fast-paced introductory workshop in the history and the actual techniques of celestial navigation as it was practiced aboard American vessels in the Age of Sail.

A Great Time to Be A Member

September is Member Appreciation Month!

September 1 - 30

All month long we thank our members with special programs and promotions including BFF – bring your friend for free weekdays all month long. 

Museum Reciprocal: Mystic Museum of Art

September 10 & 11

Mystic Seaport Museum Members can enjoy FREE admission to the Mystic Museum of Art on Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11

Member Morning Previews

October 17 - 22 | 9 - 11 a.m.

Mark your calendars to join us for special member-only hours October 17 - 22 to be the one of the first to view Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass. No registration required.

Member Bus Trip: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Thursday, October 6

Join us for a trip to Boston to the famed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

How You Can Help

You Belong Here. Join Today.

Join us in 2022 and enjoy free admission for 12 months! From the Ice Festival and Pirate Days, to the WoodenBoat Show in June -- and other special festivals and new exhibits all year long -- Members enjoy four seasons of exclusive access to virtual and in person events, plus store, dock, and restaurant discounts! 

Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome volunteers of all ages and offer many rewarding opportunities in our various departments. Whether assisting our guests in the Visitor Services department, working in our extensive gardens, or providing information about our exhibits in our new docent program, volunteers are an important part of the Museum team.

We need your support!

If you enjoy our programs, please consider making a donation to the Mystic Seaport Museum Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the lifeblood of the Museum. Your gift will ensure the continued strength and vitality of the exemplary programs in every area of the Museum.