Archtober 2018 at the Seaport Museum

Fall Benefit

Archtober 2018 at the Seaport Museum
Tours and programming throughout October

Join us for Archtober 2018 at the Seaport Museum! We’re hosting a series of tours and family programs celebrating New York and Seaport District architecture, throughout the month of October, as well as a special panel discussion that will explore the unique challenges in public engagement faced by cultural institutions that are also historic sites.


Walking a Tightrope | Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 11 | Doors open 6:15pm
$25 Adults | $10 Seaport Museum Members

How do you interact with the public and let them explore your site, while simultaneously dealing with the responsibility of historic preservation? Join the South Street Seaport Museum’s Director of Collections, Martina Caruso; the Tenement Museum’s Collections Manager, Danielle Swanson; Museum of Eldridge Street’s Director of Public Engagement, Chelsea Dowell; Cathedral of Saint John the Divine’s Communication Manager, Rebecca Merrill; and Columbia University’s Adjunct Associate Professor in Historic Preservation, Mary Jablonski, in a fascinating discussion from various perspectives of how to balance between the needs of public engagement and preserving a site for future generations.


Architecture of Trade: Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport | Building Tour

Friday, October 5 and 12 | 3-4pm
Saturday, October 6th and 20th | 12pm-1pm, 2-3pm, and 4-5pm
$15 | $12 Seaport Museum Members

Come discover the treasures hidden inside Schermerhorn Row, one of the oldest commercial buildings in New York City, and home of the Seaport Museum. You will walk up three floors, usually closed to the public, view selected artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection, and walk through the hidden hotels and saloon rooms made famous by New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell’s story “Up in the Old Hotel.”


Typography and Job Printing in the 19th Century Seaport | Walking Tour

Friday, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 | 2-3pm
$15 | $12 Seaport Museum Members

Most printers in early 19th century New York were located where the action was: near the city’s main port of entry at South Street. Walk with us to discover where passenger and shipping services printed their tickets, timetables, and posters, and learn about the typography of the remaining signage on these historic buildings.


Hidden History of the South Street Seaport’s Architecture | Walking Tour

Friday, October 12, 19, and 26, | 5:30-6:30PM
$15 | $12 Seaport Museum Members

Several buildings in the Seaport District are considered to be some the oldest standing structures in Manhattan. From rat pits to a warehouse built by one of the most famous American architects of the 19th century, the buildings of the Seaport have a big story to tell. This is the story of the rise of New York. Take a walk with us and discover the origins of New York’s greatness. Registration required.


Erie Canal Exploration Zone | Drop-in Family Program

Sunday, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 | 12-4pm
Free with Museum admission

Board the ship Wavertree as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the start of construction on the Erie Canal with our interactive Exploration Zone. Families can use our hands-on models to better understand the engineering marvel that is the Erie Canal. Click the link below and select either October 7th or 14th to pre-purchase Museum admission tickets.