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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Financial District Description

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!

New Tours of Wavertree's Cargo Hold

South Street Seaport Museum
announces
New Tours of Wavertree's Cargo Hold

The South Street Seaport Museum announces access to the hull of Wavertree for tours. Wavertree tickets are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/957100. Museum tickets are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, child... [ + ]ren under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased at www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org. The South Street Seaport Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, NYC, 10038.

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.

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.

The 1885 ship Wavertree has a well-documented and fascinating history. Built in Southampton, Great Britain, she circled the globe four times in her career, carrying a wide variety of cargoes. The ship called on New York in 1896, no doubt one of hundreds like her berthed in the city. In 1910, after thirty-five years of sailing, she was caught in a Cape Horn storm that tore down her masts and ended her career as a cargo ship. She was salvaged and used as a floating warehouse and then a sand barge in South America, where the waterfront workers referred to her as "el gran Valero," the great sailing ship, because even without her masts she was obviously a great windjammer. She was saved by the Seaport Museum in 1968 and towed to New York to become the iconic centerpiece of the "Street of Ships" at South Street. The 130-year-old Wavertree, built of riveted wrought iron, is an archetype of the sailing cargo ships of the latter half of the 19th century that, during the "age of sail," lined South Street by the dozens, creating a forest of masts from the Battery to the Brooklyn Bridge.

09/16/2019 12:00 AM
Mon, September 16
12:00AM
$
$12 - Adults
$8 - Students/Seniors
$6 - Children 2-17
Museum Members: Free

Info

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

Nearby Subway

  • to Fulton St

Upcoming Events

New Tours of Wavertree's Cargo Hold

South Street Seaport Museum
announces
New Tours of Wavertree's Cargo Hold

The South Street Seaport Museum announces access to the hull of Wavertree for tours. Wavertree tickets are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/957100. Museum tickets are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, child... [ + ]ren under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased at www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org. The South Street Seaport Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, NYC, 10038.

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.

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.

The 1885 ship Wavertree has a well-documented and fascinating history. Built in Southampton, Great Britain, she circled the globe four times in her career, carrying a wide variety of cargoes. The ship called on New York in 1896, no doubt one of hundreds like her berthed in the city. In 1910, after thirty-five years of sailing, she was caught in a Cape Horn storm that tore down her masts and ended her career as a cargo ship. She was salvaged and used as a floating warehouse and then a sand barge in South America, where the waterfront workers referred to her as "el gran Valero," the great sailing ship, because even without her masts she was obviously a great windjammer. She was saved by the Seaport Museum in 1968 and towed to New York to become the iconic centerpiece of the "Street of Ships" at South Street. The 130-year-old Wavertree, built of riveted wrought iron, is an archetype of the sailing cargo ships of the latter half of the 19th century that, during the "age of sail," lined South Street by the dozens, creating a forest of masts from the Battery to the Brooklyn Bridge.

09/16/2019 12:00 AM
Mon, September 16
12:00AM
$
$12 - Adults
$8 - Students/Seniors
$6 - Children 2-17
Museum Members: Free

New Tours of Wavertree's Cargo Hold

South Street Seaport Museum
announces
New Tours of Wavertree's Cargo Hold

The South Street Seaport Museum announces access to the hull of Wavertree for tours. Wavertree tickets are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/957100. Museum tickets are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, child... [ + ]ren under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased at www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org. The South Street Seaport Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, NYC, 10038.

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.

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.

The 1885 ship Wavertree has a well-documented and fascinating history. Built in Southampton, Great Britain, she circled the globe four times in her career, carrying a wide variety of cargoes. The ship called on New York in 1896, no doubt one of hundreds like her berthed in the city. In 1910, after thirty-five years of sailing, she was caught in a Cape Horn storm that tore down her masts and ended her career as a cargo ship. She was salvaged and used as a floating warehouse and then a sand barge in South America, where the waterfront workers referred to her as "el gran Valero," the great sailing ship, because even without her masts she was obviously a great windjammer. She was saved by the Seaport Museum in 1968 and towed to New York to become the iconic centerpiece of the "Street of Ships" at South Street. The 130-year-old Wavertree, built of riveted wrought iron, is an archetype of the sailing cargo ships of the latter half of the 19th century that, during the "age of sail," lined South Street by the dozens, creating a forest of masts from the Battery to the Brooklyn Bridge.

09/17/2019 12:00 AM
Tue, September 17
12:00AM
$
$12 - Adults
$8 - Students/Seniors
$6 - Children 2-17
Museum Members: Free

South Street Seaport Museum 2019 Fall Celebration

South Street Seaport Museum
2019 Fall Celebration
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6pm

The South Street Seaport Museum announces its 2019 Fall Celebration in recognition of five decades of volunteerism at the South Street Seaport Museum on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6pm with presenting spon... [ + ]sor, Howard Hughes. The South Street Seaport Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, NY, NY 10038. For more information please visit: https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/2019fallcelebration/.

Join us aboard the historic 1885 tall ship Wavertree to celebrate New York's connection to the water-past, present, and future and to recognize five decades of volunteerism at the South Street Seaport Museum. Cocktail or business attire. This is an outdoor shipboard event; please plan your footwear accordingly.
 
Sponsorships begin at $2500. Please contact Jared Madnick at [email protected] or (212) 748-8694.

09/19/2019 06:00 PM
Thu, September 19
6:00PM
$
$12 - Adults
$8 - Students/Seniors
$6 - Children 2-17
Museum Members: Free
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