The Citiblog

May 25, 2021, 6:58.49 pm ET


Photo: South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum is offering a free outdoor exhibition this summer on Pier 16, which will provide the opportunity to discover this chapter of New York City’s history. This series of panels and window graphics will celebrate the people of all backgrounds who lived and worked in the South Street Seaport Historic District, and the many businesses that created the foundations for New York to thrive and become the business and culture mecca it is today. Using historic photographs, prints, lithographs, and paintings, the exhibition highlights some of the Seaport Museum’s collection of more than 28,000 artifacts and works of art, and over 55,000 historic records.

In addition, the museum will open the 1885 tall ship Wavertree to the public beginning Saturday, May 29 and running on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 21, with timed entry, from 11am-5pm at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Entry is free and includes access to the ship’s outdoor areas, including the main deck and raised rear deck.

Wavertree is designated on the National Register of Historic Places and represents the thousands of ships that docked along New York’s waterfront over the centuries. Guests who visit the traditional sailing ship docked at Pier 16 can gaze up at the towering masts and miles of rigging, earn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, and then visit the cargo hold and stand atop a new viewing platform where one can take in the massive main cargo area.

Visits will be self-guided along a set route. The Museum will allow no more than 150 guests on board the ship at any time to encourage social distancing from different households. All guests above the age of two will be required to wear a face covering and to sanitize their hands at all times aboard Wavertree and at the Museum’s pop-up gift shop.

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