The South Street Seaport Museum announces exhibits, a sailing season and events in May at 12 Fulton St and Pier 16. The museum is delighted to host NYC Poets Afloat for their third annual group poetry reading aboard the grand sailboat Wavertree on May 15, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Free exhibits on offer include the new South Street and the Rise of New York introductory gallery, as well as a recently reconfigured return of the popular Millions: Migrants and Millionaires Aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914. Seaport Discovery is also now open:
Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle, a maritime art discovery room by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children. Each exhibition and the Eric Carle discovery room will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the Wavertree Tall Ship, Ambrose Lightship, and Pier 16 Outdoor Exhibit continue to welcome visitors free of charge on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
General admission includes access to the galleries and Wavertree, and pre-timed tickets can be booked at seaportmuseum.org/visitwhere you can also choose to add a free guided tour of the Ambrose or $5 tickets to the Eric Carle Discovery Room.
The South Street Seaport Museum is also announcing the 2022 sailing season for the 1885 schooner Pioneer and the 1930 tug WO Decker rides will run from May 25 to October 30, 2022 from Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Advance tickets for the Pioneer and the Decker are available at seaportmuseum.org/sailnyharbor.
Join NYC Poets Afloat for their third annual group poetry reading aboard the tall ship Wavertree at the South Street Seaport Museum on May 15, 2022 at 2 p.m. Nine poets spent time in micro-residences aboard ships in New York Harbor, meditating and writing poetry afloat. Now they come together to share their poetry in a reading group on the Wavertree Bridge. The event is free, but registration is required. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-poets-afloat-2022-group-reading-tickets-327454223397?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
Tours on Wavertree are guided along a set route and will include access to the main deck and back deck. Discover how the people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo ship, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks and crew. Next, visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform where you can admire the huge main cargo area. Learn more about seaportmuseum.org/wavertree. Visitors to Ambrose can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark to see the living and working spaces once inhabited by sailors stationed on Ambrose, as well as the special features that allow the ship to fulfill its mission to remain in station. , to be seen, and to be heard. Free guided tours of Ambrose will depart every hour. Learn more about seaportmuseum.org/ambrose.
South Street and the Rise of New York explores the pivotal role played by the seaport and South Street in securing New York’s place as America’s premier city and its rise to become the world’s busiest port in the early Twentieth century. The exhibit draws from the Seaport Museum’s vast collection of artwork and artifacts via a large reproduction and selected artifacts on display related to the history of New York Harbor in the 19th century.
Millions: Migrants and Millionaires on the Great Ocean Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side by side, the dichotomy between first and third class passengers aboard ocean liners at the turn of the 20th century. This exhibit features both original artifacts and reproductions from the museum’s permanent collection, including ocean liner memorabilia and ephemera, ceramics, and luggage trunks of immigrants and first-class passengers.
Seaport Discovery: Exploring our waters with Eric Carle
A new maritime-themed art discovery room by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of young children’s picture books, Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle is designed specifically for children aged 2-7 years and their adults. Huge immersive murals will bring families into Carle’s book A House for Hermit Crab and the freighter adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Visitors will enjoy activities such as meeting a live hermit crab, driving ferries on a giant game table, and seeing cargo ships through the eyes of a rubber duck, all while exploring the use of color and patterns by Carle. The exhibition will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in and May. In June, it will open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per child ages 1-12, with no charge for chaperones, teens, and infants. Advance tickets are recommended and can be reserved atseaportmuseum.org/ericcarle.
Third Annual NYC Poets Afloat
Join NYC Poets Afloat for their third annual group poetry reading aboard the tall ship Wavertree at the South Street Seaport Museum on May 15, 2022 at 2 p.m. Nine poets spent time in micro-residences aboard ships in New York Harbor, meditating and writing poetry afloat. Now they come together to share their poetry in a reading group on the bridge. Poets include: Joseph Legaspi, Bonnie Jill Emanuel, Bill Livingston, Spurgeon Smith, Maya Mahmud, Laura Salvatore, Kyle Studstill, Brad Vogel and Matt Turner. The event is free, but registration is required. bit.ly/PoetsAfloat2022. Registered donations will be used to support host ships/organizations around the port: Waterfront Barge Museum, Tideland Institute, Lilac Preservation Project, PortSide New York, South Street Seaport Museum and the Nellie Bly.
Sail through New York Harbor aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer
The only place to cruise New York Harbor aboard a historic 1885 schooner! Take in the sights of New York Harbor, the beautiful Lower Manhattan skyline, and Governors Island from the decks of this National Register of Historic Places ship. Bring the family for an afternoon of sailing, a date for a sunset sail, or just yourself to enjoy some history at sea. See the city from a new perspective as you grab a halyard to lift a sail or just sitting back and enjoying the view. Bring a picnic for lunch or dinner, an afternoon snack, drinks or a bottle of wine to enjoy during your two-hour sail.
Take a ride on the 1930 WO Decker Tugboat
Take a thrilling 75-minute ride on the last New York-built wooden tug WO Decker, recently named “Tug of the Year” by the Steamship Historical Society of America. Cruises will explore New York Harbor and views can include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery and Governors Island as you embark on an adventure like no other!
Schooner Pioneer and tug WO Decker are also available for charter from May to October 2022, and charter booking is now open. Charters sail through New York Harbor, one of the most fascinating ports in the world, and offer breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the skylines of New York and New Jersey, as well as ‘a chance to witness all manner of vessels, from tugboats to cruise ships, carrying out their duties on the waterfront. Departing from Pier 16, these historic vessels are ideal for private sails, outings of group or company and the turning of photos or films. Prices range from $1,000 to $3,000 and early bird discounts are available. To reserve your group and book a personalized charter experience today, contact [email protected].
Educational programs and excursions are offered on board both ships and booking for school groups is now open. Head to New York Harbor for an outdoor educational experience students will never forget. During a two- or three-hour sailing program, each class will enjoy unique activities such as towing on ropes to hoist the sail, viewing the Statue of Liberty and other historic landmarks, and the search for organisms at the bottom of the Port. Programs are customized to fit grade level and curriculum, with prices starting at $500. Scholarships are available and Title I school groups are encouraged to apply. For more information or to book your group today, contact [email protected].
Seaport Museum memberships include unlimited access to museum exhibits, invitations to special events and great year-round discounts, including 20% off WO Decker and Pioneer sails. Memberships start at $50 and help support Museum exhibits, preserve ships and collections, expand public programs, and serve more than 12,000 students each year through educational initiatives. To join the Museum as a member, visit seaportmuseum.org/membership.
Be sure to check out the latest COVID-19 protocols at seaportmuseum.org/covid-19-updates. Please note that people over the age of 5 will need to show proof of full vaccination to enter the exhibit spaces. Proof of vaccination can be provided in the form of a physical vaccination card, NY Excelsior Pass app or NYC COVID Safe app when you check in at the front desk at 12 Fulton Street. Additionally, masks are required at all times in indoor spaces on the Seaport Museum campus.
The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of New York’s historic South Street Seaport, preserves and interprets New York’s history as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the museum houses an extensive collection of artwork and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and educational spaces, 19th-century print shops and an active fleet of historic ships that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.” www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org