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Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic

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The largest maritime museum in the world, Mystic Seaport Museum is home to a collection of historical ships and boats. Along with seacraft, a re-creation of a 19th-century fishing village is one of the attraction's most popular spots. The museum is housed in 60 historical commercial buildings where traditional crafts are still made the same way they were when the town was founded. Take a look at our Mystic driving holiday planner to schedule your visit to Mystic Seaport Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting this place. It was a perfect day to stroll around and check out all the cool ships and shipyard items they have to offer at this museum. 
    My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting this place. It was a perfect day to stroll around and check out all the cool ships and shipyard items they have to offer at this museum.  more »
  • Been here many times and am never disappointed. Several things were closed due to off-season but still interesting to walk around and see the ships and outdoor exhibits. 
    Been here many times and am never disappointed. Several things were closed due to off-season but still interesting to walk around and see the ships and outdoor exhibits.  more »
  • Astounding. Built as a common workboat, the Gerda III was used by 22-year old Henny Sinding to rescue over 300 Jews and 600 Danish resistant fighters and Allied pilots from Nazi-occupied Denmark... 
    Astounding. Built as a common workboat, the Gerda III was used by 22-year old Henny Sinding to rescue over 300 Jews and 600 Danish resistant fighters and Allied pilots from Nazi-occupied Denmark...  more »
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  • I absolutely loved this museum. It is loaded with history that is great for all ages. I literally spent the whole day here (with the exception of going to get lunch) because there is so much to see. As long as you wear your wristband you can come and go as you please before closing. The staff that I interacted with made the experience so much better because they have such great knowledge about the history of the exhibits. I also got to see the Mayflower II celebration, which was amazing and emotional. I am honored to have seen this beautiful ship full restored. I highly recommend one and all to check out this great museum. You will not be disappointed.
  • Really cool place! Full of history and knowledge. Really a great place for kids/adults interested in boats and history. The demonstrations were really unique, we enjoyed watching a blacksmith make a hook. However, the place closes at 6pm which I feel is such a shame because the attraction would be heightened with people wanting to view the water at night. Very well run and kept, such a lovely place to visit!!
  • It was a good daytime spend there. You could go at your own pace and see or skip anything. I liked going to the 1800s whaler ship and seeing the cabins where people used to live or the place where they processed whales. Kids had fun making wooden boats for $5 each extra. There was some activity at a small beach going on where kids would fish living things from water with a museum person. We enjoyed renting a row boat ($8 for 1/2hr or $15 for an hour) and going close to the draw bridge that opens every hour at 40 minutes. It was a good experience to watch the drawbridge open. A lot of shops set with 1800s stuff. There was story telling going on more like an act. There were other activities too. As I mentioned shops set with ancient themes and there was a shop labelled as Security and I went in to find out real security office. Oops! 😄
  • Great Museum. There is so much to see, need at least 4 hours. There are educational activities for the kids to keep them busy. There are also boats you can go on. There are souvenir shops and places to eat. Highly recommend. Make sure to were sneakers or comfy shoes because there is a lot of walking.
  • What I found most amazing is that the more than 60 buildings in the village, including one-room school house, apothecary, post-office and much, much more, are all authentic historic buildings that were moved to the site and restored. They are not reproductions. I understand the lighthouse is the only building that is a reproduction. This fact gives me a much greater appreciation when visiting the village. Also amazing is the ability to tour the historic ships, the sleeping quarters, etc, to imagine the hard life of a seafarer.

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