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printing workshop at Bowne & Co.

Fresh Prints

May 4 | 6:00pm | 211 Water Street | Free

Come to Bowne & Co. for an open house that features a breadth of printing equipment that you’re invited to use! Learn how the designers at Bowne & Co. lock up limited edition designs that will showcase some of the more eccentric parts from the Seaport Museum’s printing and graphic arts collection. All participants even get to take home the prints they make during the evening.

Advanced registration is required. Anyone ages 12 and up is welcome.

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Photo credit: Richard Bowditch


May 10 | 6:30pm | 12 Fulton Street | Free

Join the Seaport Museum for an absorbing conversation with speaker Julia Hansen, as she shares her harrowing tale of survival from one of the worst shipwrecks to occur in United States waters during the 20th century. Hansen miraculously survived the disaster of the transatlantic ocean liner, the SS Andrea Doria, which was struck by the RS Stockholm off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, on July 25, 1956, and capsized.

The event is free, and advance registration is required.

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Vinyasa on a Vessel

Vinyasa on a Vessel

May 14 | 8am & 9am | Wavertree | Free

Join the Seaport Museum for a free 60-minute vinyasa-based yoga practice on the deck of the historic tall ship Wavertree. Anyone ages 12 and up is invited to start your Sunday with a mindful and physical practice that is accessible and challenging for all levels, peppered with information about the vessel itself. Both classes are free, and advance registration is required.

Capacity is limited; claim your space before each class is full.

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On Site Opera Il Tabarro

On Site Opera: Il Tabarro

May 14–17 | 6:30pm | Pier 16 | $60

On Site Opera returns to the Seaport Museum to stage Il Tabarro (The Cloak) with music by Giacomo Puccini and libretto by Giuseppe Adami aboard the lightship Ambrose and on Pier 16. As the audience sits on Pier 16, Puccini and Adami’s drama of a deadly love triangle set on the banks of the Seine river will be transported to the historic waterfront of the South Street Seaport.

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Photo Credit: Bowie Dunwoody

Poets Afloat

May 20 | 12–2pm | Wavertree | Free

The fourth annual NYC Poets Afloat group poetry reading returns aboard the Seaport Museum’s tall ship Wavertree. Poets have been invited to participate in micro-residencies aboard ships in New York Harbor, where they have been inspired to write and create poetry while being surrounded by the city’s bustling waters. Now, these poets will gather on the deck of Wavertree for a group reading, sharing their creative works with the audience.

This event is free for all to attend, and advance registration is required.

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family taking a selfie in front of Ambrose

Seaport Museum Open Day
with PJ Library

May 21 & June 11 | 11am–5pm | Free

Visit the Seaport Museum for free campus-wide family fun in partnership with PJ Library! Families are invited to tour the iconic lightship Ambrose, stop in for maritime-themed crafts, participate in an interactive storytime on the ship’s deck, check out historical printing press demonstrations at Bowne & Co., Stationers, and engage in a printmaking workshop with a local artist. You’ll even have the opportunity to raise the sail on Wavertree! And, when you’re looking for a quiet moment between activities, relax at PJ Library’s cozy Book Nook, with stories for kids from newborn to 12 years old.

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Photo credit: Richard Bowditch

About the South Street Seaport Museum

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, 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.”