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Ship-Only Access - $10. Land & Sea Pass: Adult - $15; Senior - $12; Student - $12; Children under 2 - Free.
When to Go:
All ages are welcome.
Fulton St-Broadway-Nassau (2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, M, Z)
- Passes are available for $10 for those who want to view only the ships and not the galleries at the Seaport NYC Museum.
South Street Seaport Museum NYC Quick Facts
- The South Street Seaport Museum is located in the South Street Seaport NYC district of Manhattan.
- In 1998 Congress designated the South Street Seaport Museum part of America's National Maritime Museum.
- There are numerous restaurants in and around South Street Seaport NYC.
12 Fulton Street
New York, US
Phone Number: 212.748.8786
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The Nation's Largest Privately Owned Fleet of Historic Ships at the South Street Seaport Museum
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$15.00 for adults
Features: Designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum in 1998, the South Street Seaport Museum boasts exhibition galleries, a maritime library, a working nineteenth-century print shop, a marine conservation lab, and a craft center where wood carvers and model builders demonstrate their skills.
Why We Go: Those who love the lore of the sea will love the South Street Seaport Museum. Located in Manhattan, the museum spans 30,000 square feet and stands in New York City's largest concentration of restored early-nineteenth-century commerical buildings.
- Models: As of 2010, the South Street Seaport Museum boasts a collection of over 1,000 ship models, including full hull and waterline models. The South Street Seaport NYC Museum also features a Crafts Center where master wood carvers and model builders demonstrate their skills.
- Der Scutt Collection: In addition to the models of its permanent collection, the South Street Seaport Museum houses the renowned, 2,000-item Der Scutt Collection, which is comprised of rare models, posters, photographs, commemorative hatbands, deck plans, cut-aways, prints, and original ship-builders' drawings.
- Historic Ships: South Street Seaport NYC boasts the largest privately owned fleet of historic ships in the United States. The fleet includes the Ambrose, the Helen McAllister, the Peking, and the Pioneer, among others.
Inside Knowledge: At the start of the twentieth century, South Street Seaport NYC was in a state of neglect and disrepair. But because of their cultural and historical significance, the eleven blocks south of the Brooklyn Bridge and north of Maiden Lane were spared the wrecking ball. In the 1970s, commercial developers began to sublease the Seaport's stores, and by the mid-80s the area was completely gentrified.
Do's and Don'ts:
- Do Bring a Sketchpad: The historic ships, exhibition galleries, maritime library, and craft center at the South Street Seaport Museum are nothing if not inspiring. We recommend bringing a sketchpad and pencil, if you're artistically inclined (note that pens, paints, and easels are not allowed).
- Do Visit the Shops: The South Street Seaport Museum operates three stores, one on Fulton Street, one on Pier 16, and another on Water Street. In these shops you'll find books, gifts, magazines, personalized letterpress printing, cards, and stationery.
- Don't Miss the Crafts Center: If you're a fan of models or woodworking, be sure to drop by the Maritime Crafts Center at the South Street Seaport Museum, where wood carvers and model builders demonstrate their skills.
- Don't Forget the Ships: Not surprisingly, most people go to the South Street Seaport Museum for the ships. These vessels represent the kinds of cargo ships and working vessels that once filled New York Harbor in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Those who want to see only the ships and not the galleries at the museum may purchase a discounted pass.