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Seaport Discovery: Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle

Maritime wonderlands. Picture books come to life. The latest exhibition at the South Street Seaport Museum—Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle—is designed specifically for children aged 2–7. In a discovery room of wonder, huge murals take visitors into the world of Carle’s book A House for Hermit Crab and the cargo-ship adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Kids will also enjoy activities—like meeting a live hermit crab and learning about cargo ships through the eyes of a rubber duck.

After visiting the discovery room, families can explore the rest of the Seaport Museum’s galleries for free and find out how the fleet of historic ships connect to Carle’s art. Guided tours of lightship Ambrose, and self-guided tours of tall ship Wavertree, are also free for adults and kids, and tickets for sailing excursions on schooner Pioneer and harbor cruises on tugboat W.O. Decker from May to October are available for purchase.

Admission to the exhibit is $5 per child aged 1–12; no charge for accompanying caregivers, teens, and infants; advanced timed tickets recommended.

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About the South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum preserves and interprets the ​origins and growth of New York City as a world port, a place where goods, labor, and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities. Follow the museum on Instagram and Facebook, and visit their website for more information.



Please note that people over age 5 will be required to show proof they are fully vaccinated to enter the exhibition space. Proof of vaccination can be provided in the form of a physical immunization card, NY Excelsior Pass app, or the NYC COVID Safe app when you check in at the reception desk at 12 Fulton Street. Additionally, masks are required at all times within indoor spaces across the Seaport Museum campus. Current COVID-19 protocols can be found at


South Street Seaport Museum

12 Fulton Street

Wednesday – Thursdays (starting May 25)
Fridays – Sundays