Ongoing | Lower Manhattan | $30–$40
Autumn is a beautiful time to get outside and explore New York City. Get your ticket today to join the Seaport Museum’s 90-minute walking tour that will take you on a winding journey that unravels the darker past of the South Street Seaport Historic District and Lower Manhattan.
This entertaining tour tells the scandalous, dubious, and sinister tales lurking in the cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and waterfront. Throughout the tour, your guide will share historical stories ripped from the headlines of newspapers and publications from the 1790s to the 1990s that provide a new perspective on the history of the area that helped to make New York a global metropolis. You’ll also be able to test your “Ear for Crime” in an interactive game throughout the walk.
Meet your tour guide at Ryan Maguire’s Bar & Restaurant, at 28 Cliff Street, where one happy hour drink or soft drink is included in your registration for the tour. Come up to 30 minutes early and be treated to a few scandalous stories inspired by the historical images on view at the bar.
Registration is required. Tours are rain or shine. Content is appropriate for fans of true crime stories, those who are looking for unique New York experience, and history-buffs aged 13 and up. Please note that the tour requires walking approximately one mile and some stops on this tour require walking up and down small flights of stairs. Lower Manhattan can be chilly and windy this time of year, and this tour takes place exclusively outdoors. Make sure to bring a coat and dress accordingly.
The Seaport Museum developed the Sinister Secrets of the Seaport tour with support from the Alliance for Downtown New York’s Walking Tour Incubator program.
Enjoy More That the Museum Offers
This event occurs outside of the Seaport Museum. Access to the Museum’s historical ships and introduction galleries is not included with this tour. To see more that the Museum has to offer, ask Museum staff about our Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm Pay What You Wish General Admission tickets when you check in.
Pay What You Wish General Admission tickets include access to all current exhibitions on view in the introduction gallery space at 12 Fulton Street and access to the 1885 tall ship Wavertree. Free timed tickets for a tour of the 1908 lightship Ambrose are available separately at no additional cost.