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Seaport Museum: Exhibitions

12 Fulton St

Open Saturday & Sunday, 11am–5pm
Pay What You Wish General Admission

A bustling port. A growing city. See how New York’s natural harbor and the development of the Seaport helped NYC become the nation’s leading city. Two exhibitions at the South Street Seaport Museum take you inside the fascinating history.


South Street and the Rise of New York

A new gallery showcasing art and artifacts from the Museum’s vast collection that explores the role of the Seaport and South Street in 19th-century NYC. Highlights include Schermerhorn Row, the neighborhood’s historic buildings that began as warehouses and offices, and the Museum’s fleet of historic ships.

Postcard of the RMS Olympic passing the Ambrose Channel lightship” in 1920

“RMS Olympic passing the Ambrose Channel lightship” ca. 1920. Gift of Michael R. Harrison, South Street Seaport Museum



Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900–1914

A newly reconfigured exhibition, last on view prior to the pandemic. Through artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection—including ocean liner memorabilia, ceramics and luggage trunks—the exhibition examines the divide between First Class and Third Class passengers who traveled on early 20th-century ocean liners.

Ladies Parlor on SS Moltke with handwriting along the edges

“Ladies Parlor on SS Moltke” June 3, 1907 (postmark date)
Published by Mühlmeister & Juhler, Hamburg
Gift of Wendell Lorang, South Street Seaport Museum


In addition to these two new exhibitions, the South Street Seaport Museum is offering free tours of the ships Wavertree and Ambrose Wednesday through Sunday.

Reserve Free Tickets


Gallery wall and Ambrose model photo credit: Richard Bowditch