South Street Seaport Museum announces new winter exhibits

The South Street Seaport Museum has announced the continuation of two winter exhibits exploring the turn of the century in midtown Manhattan, which will resume on January 29, 2022 at 12 Fulton St. The exhibits include a new introductory gallery South Street and the Rise of New York, as well as a newly reconfigured return of the popular Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914, which was last seen before the pandemic. Each exhibition will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and pre-timed tickets can be reserved at

“We are very pleased to bring these exhibits to Museum visitors, offered free to the public and indoors for the first time since March 2020. Building on the successes of free admission to our 2021 open house season , these exhibits provide additional insight into the rise of New York through the lens of the Seaport Museum’s collection,” said Captain Jonathan Boulware, President and CEO of the South Street Seaport Museum.

South Street and the Rise of New York explores the pivotal role the Seaport and South Street played in securing New York’s place as America’s premier city and its rise to become the world’s busiest port in the early 20th century. century. The exhibit draws from the Seaport Museum’s extensive collection of artwork and artifacts via a large reproduction and selected artifacts on display related to the history of New York Harbor in the 19th century.

“New York has one of the best natural harbors in the world,” said guest curator Michael R. Harrison. “This incredible port has allowed New Yorkers to develop global connections that have made the city an economic and cultural powerhouse. The port has fueled the city’s energy, and that energy has attracted the talent and skills of people from around the world, making New York the most ethnically diverse place on the planet.

The exhibition highlights Schermerhorn Row, the block of warehouses and offices that stands on artificial land reclaimed from the East River between circa 1797 and 1807; the museum’s fleet of historic ships, which tell New York’s history as a great port city through their ties to global commerce, coastal shipping and working port; and Bowne & Co., a contemporary reinterpretation of one of the many print shops that flourished in lower Manhattan in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires on the Great Ocean Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side by side, the dichotomy between first and third class passengers aboard ocean liners at the turn of the 20th century. This exhibit features both original artifacts and reproductions from the museum’s permanent collection, including ocean liner memorabilia and ephemera, ceramics, and luggage trunks of immigrants and first-class passengers.

“Ships like the Titanic, Olympic, Lusitania, Mauretania, Aquitania and Imperator dominated transatlantic voyages,” noted William Roka, a former historian at the Seaport Museum. “On each voyage, they carried thousands of people: first-class passengers crossed the Atlantic in luxury while third-class passengers made the journey in the sweltering lower decks. From 1900 to 1914, almost 13 million passengers Third-Class Immigrants Arrived dollars (2017) on luxury vacations. Sailing on the same ships, their journeys were worlds apart.”

The exhibit will familiarize viewers with the lives of passengers aboard ocean liners, the defining differences between the journeys of wealthy Americans in first class and future American immigrants to the United States in third class.

Additionally, the Wavertree Tall Ship, Ambrose Lightship, and Pier 16 Outdoor Exhibit continue to welcome visitors free of charge on Saturdays and Sundays beginning January 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours on Wavertree are guided along a set route and will include access to the main deck and back deck. Discover how the people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo ship, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks and crew. Next, visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform where you can admire the huge main cargo area. Guided tours of Wavertree will depart once an hour. Learn more and book free timed admission tickets at Visitors to Ambrose can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark to see the living and working spaces once inhabited by sailors stationed on Ambrose, as well as the special features that allow the ship to fulfill its mission to remain in station. , to be seen, and to be heard. Guided tours of Ambrose will depart once an hour. Tickets are free for adults and children. Reserve your tickets at

Seaport Museum memberships include unlimited entry to exhibits. Memberships start at $50 and help support Museum exhibits, preserve ships and collections, expand public programs, and serve more than 12,000 students through educational initiatives. To join the Museum as a member, visit

South Street and the Rise of New York was organized by Michael R. Harrison, Obed Macy Research Chair at the Nantucket Historical Association, with assistance from Martina Caruso, Director of Collections at the Seaport Museum. Exhibition design and art direction by Helen Riegle of HER Design and Christine Picone of Bowne & Co., the Museum’s historic typography studio.

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 was curated by former Seaport Museum historian William Roka and Seaport Museum Collections and Curatorial Assistant Michelle Kennedy. Exhibition design and art direction by Rob Wilson and Christine Picone of Bowne & Co., the Museum’s historic typography studio.

Please note that in accordance with the expansion of NYC’s Emergency Executive Order 225, persons over the age of 5 will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated to enter the exhibit space, and proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to enter the exhibit space for all visitors aged 5 and over, who must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. Proof of vaccination can be provided in the form of a physical vaccination card, the NY Excelsior Pass app or the NYC COVID Safe app when you check in at the front desk at 12 Fulton Street.

Additionally, in accordance with current Federal and New York State COVID-19 guidelines, masks are required at all times on the Seaport Museum campus. Face coverings are mandatory for employees and enhanced cleaning protocols are also in place. Current COVID-19 protocols are available at

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