Walking History


South Street Seaport Museum tells the story of how New York’s great natural harbor gave rise to the metropolis we know today. From Lenape villages, to the early Dutch settlements, to the colonial town of New Amsterdam, to the growing city of New York, the story of this land through time is the story of the waterfront.

Take a walk back in time to the colonial outpost that became New York City. Starting at Fulton Street and walking through Lower Manhattan to the site of old Fort Amsterdam, students discover traces of Dutch colonial life in our modern city, through images, documents, artifacts, archaeologic finds, and the street plan itself.

– Aligned with New York State social studies curriculum standards

Central to the story of New York City is the story of the ships, the people that sailed them, the cargoes they carried, and the businesses that served them. A walking tour of the seaport district shows how ships, businesses, and communities of people of all backgrounds worked together to build New York. Images, documents, artifacts, a working print shop, and clues in the buildings themselves all tell their story to the observant student.

– Aligned with New York State social studies curriculum standards

– All programs are designed for groups of up to 34 students (40 people maximum including chaperons).

– All programs are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and New York State Social Studies Scope and Sequence.

– Programs can be customized to meet your curricular goals and the needs of your students. Other topics include city and port history and the harbor estuary environment.

– Reservations and advance payment required.

Limited scholarships are available.

To book a program, or for more information please e-mail education@seany.org or call (212)-748-8753