Private Rentals & Charters


South Street Seaport Museum has various distinctive spaces for your special event. Whether it’s Pier 16, the Museum’s ships or our shops on Water Street, our spaces offer a truly memorable setting on the Street of Ships; where New York begins.

For more information, please call 212-748-8600 or e-mail

211 Water Street | Guest Capacity up to 25

Bowne & Co. Stationers will enable you to step back in time in this re-creation of a 19th century printing office. A one of a kind venue, the shop is filled with collections of early wooden and metal type as well as paper products printed in our shops. The space is ideal for intimate occasions, book launces, readings and small celebrations that can include demonstrations of letterpress printing.

209 Water Street | Guest Capacity up to 50

Like Bowne & Co. Stationers, Bowne Printers is an ideal space for book launches, readings and demonstrations of letterpress printing, with a larger capacity. We also offer a mobile print shop option so you can bring the printers to your event.

Pier 16 | Guest Capacity up to 200

The German-built 1911 PEKING carried cargo between Europe and the west coast of South America and is an ideal setting for larger groups. Her quarterdeck offers stunning views of the East River and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

Pier 16 | Guest Capacity up to 75

A National Historic Landmark that once served as a beacon at the entrance to New York Harbor, the lightship AMBROSE is an incomparable setting for events, offering both close up views and vistas of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn skyline and New York Harbor. Built in 1907, AMBROSE has an historic interior main deck that can hold up to 75 guests, and events can also take place on the weather deck.

South Street at the foot of Burling Slip | Guest Capacity up to 3,500

Pier 16, the Museum’s largest capacity event space, offers panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge, East River, and Brooklyn skyline. Against the backdrop of the Museum’s historic vessels, Pier 16 makes a spectacular setting for a wide range of large outdoor and tented events.

213 Water Street | Guest Capacity up to 75

The gallery’s exposed brick and 13-feet high, wood beamed ceilings make it an authentic utterly unique setting for any event. A felexible space located on Water Street, Melville Gallery can accommodate a wide range of events – cocktail receptions, dinners, lectures and more.

12 Fulton Street | E-mail for Guest Capacity

The Schermerhorn Row Galleries are housed in buildings dating to 1810 along Fulton and South Streets. The galleries provide a distinctive venue for receptions, meetings, dinners, and other special occasions. The galleries feature exposed brick walls and wood-beamed ceilings, lending character to any event.