South Street Seaport Museum

17 Fulton Street

Founded on May 22, 1967, and newly revitalized under the management of the Museum of the City of New York, the South Street Seaport Museum is looking toward the future. Three floors of galleries in Schermerhorn Row opened on January 25, 2012, with 16... more

Founded on May 22, 1967, and newly revitalized under the management of the Museum of the City of New York, the South Street Seaport Museum is looking toward the future. Three floors of galleries in Schermerhorn Row opened on January 25, 2012, with 16 historic and contemporary installations interweaving the city, the sea, and the Seaport neighborhood. Also welcoming the public once again are the lightship Ambrose, with a brand-new hull, and schooner Pioneer, with new sails and a new transmission—as well as the 19th-century letterpress print shop Bowne & Co., Stationers. Thousands of children and teachers have already participated in re-launched education programs, and a lively slate of lectures, symposia, and tours is underway.

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South Street Seaport Museum is located in the Financial District neighborhood of Manhattan. The financial hub of the United States, the seat of New York City government, and home to some of New York's oldest buildings, the Financial District has an illustrious history. 17th century settlers began building here, and given the many seafarers of the time, boats could be conveniently docked at one of the slips right near the settlements of wooden homes. Right nearby, in the heart of the district is Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States in 1789, also the meeting site for the First Congress. New York City was both the capital of the United States and New York State at the time.

The street names reflect the district's fascinating history: Fulton Street, named after Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat; Maiden Lane, originally called Magde Platje in Dutch; Beaver Street, recalling the once-significant beaver pelt trade, etc.

The area today houses some great economic powerhouses, including the headquarters of major banks, the New York Stock Exchange, in addition to the World Financial Center. Contrasts are extraordinary, from old two- and three-story old brick buildings near South Street Seaport to the nearby modern mega-skyscrapers. Some of the numerous other attractions include Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington bid farewell to his troops (also, they have a museum!); the newly-landscaped City Hall Park; the Museum of the American Indian and the US Custom House at Bowling Green; Trinity Church, the first parish church in New York City and the resting place of Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton, among others; War Of 1812 strong hold Castle Clinton; the Staten Island-bound South Ferry; Battery Park; and the Federal Reserve Bank. Sadly, the biggest attraction since 9/11 has been the former World Trade Center site, although, thankfully, construction has finally filled the long-standing gouge in Lower Manhattan's face, and the stunning 9/11 Memorial and its attendant museum are welcome signs of a healing city. And, of course, soaring a symbolic 1,776 feet over the memorial is the new 1 World Trade Center!

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17 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038
(212) 748-8600

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Admission And Tickets

$12 - Adults
$8 - Students/Seniors
$6 - Children 2-17
Museum Members: Free

This Week's Hours

Bowne Print Shop: Daily 11:00am - 7:00pm
Open Ships: Wed - Sun 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sail Pioneer: Check website for schedule
Galleries: By appointment only

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Upcoming Events

South Street Seaport Museum 2019 SUMMER SEASON

South Street Seaport Museum
beginning May 25, 2019

New Exhibition:
The Printed Port at Bowne Printers
Public Sails Now Available on W.O. Decker and Pioneer
New Tours of the Hull of Wavertree

The South Street Seaport Museum's 2019 Summer Season begins on May 25, 2019 wit... [ + ]h three new initiatives: a new exhibition The Printed Port at the Museum's printing office, Bowne & Co.,; public sails on both W.O. Deckerand Pioneer; and, for the first time, access to the hull of Wavertree for tours. Museum tickets are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, children under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased at The South Street Seaport Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, NYC, 10038. 

New Exhibition: The Printed Port
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.

NEW: Visit the Cargo Hold of Wavertree
Included in the price of admission, the South Street Seaport Museum now offers a new level of acesss 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. Tickets are available at

NEW: 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 beginning May 25. Tours can be booked in advance, $35 with pre-paid museum admission ($29 for seniors and students, $15 for children.) Tickets are available at

05/25/2019 12:00 AM
Sat, May 25
$12 - Adults
$8 - Students/Seniors
$6 - Children 2-17
Museum Members: Free

Pioneer Sailing Season 2019

South Street Seaport Museum
May 25 - September 8, 2019

The South Street Seaport Museum announces Pioneer Sailing Season 2019: Sail New York Harbor aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer from May - September 2019 departing from Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport... [ + ] Museum. Advance tickets for the 2019 season are now available and can be purchased at Tickets are $32 Adults, $28 Seniors and Children ages 0-12. Use code EarlyBird19 and receive a $3 discount on tickets booked before the start of the season.

Spend an afternoon at the Museum! Pioneer tickets include free admission to the Museum's exhibitions, so bring your ticket to the Museum before or after your sail! (Please be sure to arrive with ample time if you wish to visit the museum before.)

In the days before paved roads, small coastal schooners such as Pioneer were the delivery trucks of their era, carrying various cargoes between coastal communities: lumber and stone from the islands of Maine, brick on the Hudson River, and oyster shell on the Chesapeake Bay. Almost all American cargo sloops and schooners were wood, but because she was built in what was then this country's center of iron shipbuilding, Pioneer had wrought-iron hull. She was the first of only two cargo sloops built of iron in this country, and is the only iron-hulled American merchant sailing vessel still in existence.
By 1930, when new owners moved her from the Delaware River to Massachusetts, she had been fitted with an engine, and was no longer using sails. In 1966 she was substantially rebuilt and turned into a sailing vessel once again. Today she plies the waters of NY Harbor carrying adults and children instead of cargo in her current role as a piece of "living history."

Today Pioneer is an award-winning sail training vessel teaching volunteers traditional maritime skills and the art of tall ship sailing. Visitors can board Pioneer for 2-hour day and evening cruises as she sails New York Harbor May through September. Pioneer offers special sails and programs and is available for private charter throughout her season.

The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, and designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum, the 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 all work to tell the story of "Where New York Begins."

05/25/2019 10:00 AM
Sat, May 25
$12 - Adults
$8 - Students/Seniors
$6 - Children 2-17
Museum Members: Free
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