South Street Seaport Museum announces winter exhibits

The South Street Seaport Museum announced the opening of two winter exhibits exploring the turn of the century in downtown Manhattan on December 4, 2021 at 12 Fulton St. Exhibits include a new South Street intro gallery and The Rise of New York, as well as as a newly reconfigured throwback 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., except from December 24, 2021 to January 2, 2022 when the Museum will be closed for holidays. Admission is free and advance tickets can be booked at

“We are very pleased to present these exhibits to Museum visitors, offered free to the public, and indoors for the first time since March 2020. Building on the success of the free entry to our 2021 gate days season Open, these exhibits provide additional insight into the rise of New York City through the lens of the Seaport Museum collection, ”said Captain Jonathan Boulware, President and CEO of the South Street Seaport Museum.

South Street and the Rise of New York explores the vital role Seaport and South Street played in securing New York’s place as the first city in the United States and its rise to become the world’s busiest port in early 20th century. The exhibit draws inspiration from the Seaport Museum’s extensive collection of works or art and artifacts via large reproductions 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 enabled New Yorkers to develop global connections that have made the city an economic and cultural powerhouse. The port has boosted the energy of the city, and that energy attracted the talent and skills of people. from around the world, making New York the most ethnically diverse place on the planet.

The exhibit highlights Schermerhorn Row, the block of warehouses and offices that stand on man-made land reclaimed from the East River between circa 1797 and 1807; the museum’s fleet of historic ships, which tells the story of New York City as a major port city through their connections to global trade, coastal deliveries, and the working port; and Bowne & Co., a contemporary reinterpretation of one of the many printing houses that flourished in Lower Manhattan in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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

“Ships like the Titanic, the Olympic, the Lusitania, the Mauretania, the Aquitania and the Imperator have dominated transatlantic voyages,” noted William Roka, a former historian at the Seaport Museum. “On each trip, they carried thousands of people: first class passengers crossed the Atlantic in luxury while third class passengers made the trip in the sweltering lower decks. From 1900 to 1914, nearly 13 million third-class immigrants arrived. in the USA. During this same period, America’s richest citizens, totaling no more than 100,000 passengers each year, traveled to Europe in first class, spending more than $ 11.5 billion (2017) on vacation from luxury. Even though First Class and Third Class sailed 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 Americans immigrating to the United States in third class.

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In addition, the tall ship Wavertree, the Ambrose flagship and the open-air exhibit on Pier 16 continue to welcome visitors free of charge on Saturdays and Sundays in December, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours on Wavertree are self-guided along a set route and will include access to the main deck and back deck. Learn about how people worked and lived aboard a 19th-century freighter, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks and crew. Next, visit the cargo hold and stand atop the observation deck where you can admire the huge main cargo area. Learn more and book free, fixed-time 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 of staying stationed. , to be seen, and to be heard. Ambrose guided tours will depart at 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm. Tickets are free for adults and children. Reserve your tickets at

South Street and the Rise of New York was curated 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 shop.

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

Please note that per NYC Emergency Executive Order 225, proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to enter each exhibit for all guests aged 12 and over, and children under 12 must be accompanied by a vaccine. 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 checking in at reception at 12 Fulton Street.

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

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