Tourist in Your Own Town # 12 - South Street Seaport Museum
This month we visit the South Street Seaport Museum as we celebrate New York’s Historic Museums. Located within a landmark district that features some of the oldest architecture in Lower Manhattan, the Seaport Museum offers a glimpse into early 19th-century New York as well as spotlighting art, trade and manufacturing that existed throughout the harbor.
Since 1967, the Museum has presented collections and stories on the seaport’s colorful history and has recently reopened as part of the Museum of the City of New York, giving the organization a renewed energy with vibrant displays of historic and contemporary works.
When visiting the area don’t forget the ships! The Seaport Museum has a great collection including the Pioneer, an 1885 schooner and the 1908 lightship Ambrose, a National Historic Landmark.
Visit The South Street Seaport Museum (www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org)
A special thanks to Walter Shepard and the Seaport Museum staff and Susan Henshaw Jones, President and Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. Susan is also a former head of the Landmarks Conservancy and member of our Advisory Council.