CULTURE: South Street Seaport Museum's 2019 Summer Season (6.3.19)
Founded in 1967 and designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum, the South Street Seaport Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that tell the story of "Where New York Begins."
South Street Seaport Museum's 2019 Summer Season kicked off with three new initiatives added to their fleet (pun intended) of exhibits & experiences: A new exhibition The Printed Port at the Museum's printing office, Bowne & Co., public sails on both W.O. Decker and Pioneer, and, for the first time, access to the hull of Wavertree for tours. We’ve got the rundown on what you need to know…
The Printed Port Exhibition
The Printed Port illuminates an industry central to the development of New York City: job printing. Printers were a mammoth force in the 19th-century Port of New York; they produced all manner of printed materials for the businesses flourishing on South Street, including those in the maritime trades. The South Street Seaport Museum's printing office, Bowne & Co., was one of hundreds of shops that made up New York's first neighborhood. The exhibition features original and reproduced artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum's collection, including working printing presses. A survey of printed ephemera presents the tools and techniques involved in their production. The museum's working collection artifacts are activated daily, where the professional printing staff at Bowne & Co. host live demonstrations and workshops.
Visit the Cargo Hold of Wavertree
Included in the price of admission, the South Street Seaport Museum now offers a new level of access to Wavertree, a 130-year-old ship built of riveted wrought iron and the iconic centerpiece of the "Street of Ships" at South Street. For the first time, visitors can take a tour into the belly of the ship to view the breathtaking main cargo area. Tours will be conducted into the massive lower hold space to a viewing platform.
Cruise on W.O. Decker
Take a 45-minute ride on New York's last working New-York-built wooden tugboat W.O. Decker and see the lower Manhattan skyline like never before. Decker will cruise the tip of lower Manhattan, giving its riders stunning views of the skyline, Battery Park, Castle Clinton National Monument and river views of One World Trade Center. For the first time, Decker will be available for public sails on Saturdays and Sundays. Tours can be booked in advance.
Pioneer Sailing Season 2019
Sail the New York Harbor aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer, an award-winning sail training vessel teaching volunteers of all kinds, traditional maritime skills, and the art of tall ship sailing. Visitors can board Pioneer for 2-hour or 3-hour day and evening cruises as she sails New York Harbor May through October. Pioneer offers special sails and programs and is available for private charter throughout her season. Trips must be booked in advance.
Maritime Song Sessions Aboard Wavertree
Join for maritime singing sessions each first Sunday from May to September aboard Wavertree. Purchase of admission required. Click here for tickets to the next session on June 2 from 2-4:30pm.