South Street Seaport Museum Announces Spring 2022 Exhibits and Sailing Season

The South Street Seaport Museum has announced the Spring 2022 exhibits and sailing season at 12 Fulton St. Free exhibits include the new South Street Introductory Gallery and The Rise of New York, as well as a newly reconfigured return of the popular Millions: Migrants and Millionaires on board the great ocean liners, 1900-1914.

Each exhibition will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the Wavertree Tall Ship, Ambrose Lightship, and Pier 16 Outdoor Exhibit continue to welcome visitors free of charge on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission includes access to the galleries and Wavertree, and timed tickets can be reserved at, where you can also choose to add a free guided tour of the Ambrose.

The South Street Seaport Museum is also announcing the 2022 sailing season for the 1885 schooner Pioneer and the 1930 tug WO Decker rides will run from May 25 to October 30, 2022 from Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Pre-sale tickets for Pioneer and Decker will be available to the public from April 15, 2022 at

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 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. Free guided tours of Ambrose will depart every hour. Learn more at

South Street and the Rise of New York explores the pivotal role played by the seaport and South Street in securing New York’s place as America’s premier city and its rise to become the world’s busiest port in the early Twentieth 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 energy of the city, 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, nearly 13 million Third-Class Immigrants Arrived dollars (2017) in 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.

Sail through New York Harbor aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer

The only place to cruise New York Harbor aboard a historic 1885 schooner! Take in the sights of New York Harbor, the beautiful Lower Manhattan skyline, and Governors Island from the decks of this National Register of Historic Places ship. Bring the family for an afternoon of sailing, a date for a sunset sail, or just yourself to enjoy some history at sea. See the city from a new perspective as you grab a halyard to lift a sail or just sitting back and enjoying the view. Bring a picnic for lunch or dinner, an afternoon snack, drinks or a bottle of wine to enjoy during your two-hour sail.

Take a ride on the 1930 WO Decker Tugboat

Take a thrilling 75-minute ride on the last New York-built wooden tug WO Decker, recently named “Tug of the Year” by the Steamship Historical Society of America. Cruises will explore New York Harbor and views can include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery and Governors Island as you embark on an adventure like no other!

Schooner Pioneer and tug WO Decker are also available for charter from May to October 2022, and charter booking is now open. Charters sail through New York Harbor, one of the most fascinating ports in the world, and offer breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the skylines of New York and New Jersey, as well as ‘a chance to witness all manner of vessels, from tugboats to cruise ships, carrying out their duties on the waterfront. Departing from Pier 16, these historic vessels are ideal for private sails, outings of group or company and the turning of photos or films. Prices range from $1,000 to $3,000 and early bird discounts are available. To book your group and book a personalized charter experience today, contact [email protected]

Educational programs and excursions are offered on board both ships and booking for school groups is now open. Head to New York Harbor for an outdoor educational experience students will never forget. During a two- or three-hour sailing program, each class will enjoy unique activities such as hauling in ropes to hoist the sail, viewing the Statue of Liberty and other historic landmarks, and the search for organisms at the bottom of the Port. Programs are customized to fit grade level and curriculum, with prices starting at $500. Scholarships are available and Title I school groups are encouraged to apply. To learn more or to book your group today, contact [email protected]

Seaport Museum memberships include unlimited access to museum exhibits, invitations to special events and great year-round discounts, including 20% ​​off WO Decker and Pioneer sails. Memberships start at $50 and help support Museum exhibits, preserve ships and collections, expand public programs, and serve more than 12,000 students each year through educational initiatives. To join the Museum as a member, visit

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.

Be sure to check out the latest COVID-19 protocols at Please note that people over the age of 5 will need to show proof of full vaccination to enter the exhibit spaces. Proof of vaccination can be provided in the form of a physical vaccination card, NY Excelsior Pass app or NYC COVID Safe app when you check in at the front desk at 12 Fulton Street. Additionally, masks are required at all times on indoor spaces on the Seaport Museum campus, and in accordance with federal and New York State COVID-19 transportation guidelines, masks are required at all times on campus. boat.

About South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of New York’s historic South Street Seaport, preserves and interprets New York’s history as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the museum houses an extensive collection of artwork and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and educational spaces, 19th-century print shops and an active fleet of historic ships that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.”

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