Plan Your Visit

Galleries at Schermerhorn Row

Step inside Schermerhorn Row to begin seaport adventure. Purchase tickets, view our exhibitions and visit our historic ships Street of Ships: The Port and Its People; visit our gift shop and ask a crew member about adding a sailboat ride or tugboat cruise onto your museum admission on our historic vessels that head out into New York Harbor.

Visit our new ongoing exhibition: Millions: Migrants and Millionaires abroad the Great Liners, 1900-1914

Admission includes access to both the 1885 cargo ship Wavertree and the 1907 lightship Ambrose, weather permitting. Guided tours of Ambrose are offered several times daily.

Due to Hurricane Sandy-related damages, access to the galleries on upper floors is by appointment, for Education programs, or private groups only. | Please e-mail for more information.

Sail New York Harbor | Schooner Pioneer

The 2019 sailing season is live on the calendar; Click the tickets button below and pre-book your sailing adventure

Spend an afternoon at the Museum!Pioneer tickets include free admission to the Museum’s exhibitions. Bring your ticket to the Museum before or after your sail! Please be sure to arrive with ample time before your sail if you wish to visit the museum before your trip.

Charters and Special Sails

Pioneer is host to charters and special sails during her season. Click Below for more information about Pioneer sailing and volunteer opportunities, as well as special events and programs.

Street of Ships | Pier 16

The South Street Seaport Museum is home to a fleet of five historic vessels: the 133 year-old Wavertree, cargo ship and flagship of the Seaport Museum’s fleet, now back from a 13-million dollar, 18-month, city-funded restoration; the Historic National Landmark 1907 lightship Ambrose; schooners Pioneer and Lettie G. Howard, both award-winning sail training vessels; and W.O. Decker, one of the last steam-powered, wooden tugs built in New York. Click Below to learn about our historic ships.

Ship Wavertree and lightship Ambrose are available to tour as part of your admission experience. Visitors are welcomed to explore our exhibition space in our Visitor Center and head to pier 16 for self guided experiences on Wavertree and guided tours of Ambrose. (Ship access is weather permitting) Click the button below to purchase admission tickets

Bowne & Co., Stationers

A gift and fine goods emporium

Bowne & Co., Stationers, New York’s oldest operating business under the same name. Bowne & Co. was established by Robert Bowne in 1775, and grew as a financial printer throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1975, Bowne & Co. Inc. partnered with the Seaport Museum to open a 19th-century-style print shop at 211 Water Street in the South Street Seaport Historic District.

Monday – Sunday | 11am – 7pm | Free Entry
211 Water Street

Bowne & Co., Printing Office

Custom 19th-century letterpress printing

Bowne & Co., Printing Office, Re-opening May 25th. We are building something special that we are excited to share with you. Check back on May 25th to see what we’ve been up to.

Interesting in having us print for you? Bowne & Co., Printing Office is open by appointment for custom printing inquiries. Email or call 646-628-2707 to make an appointment.

Bowne & Co. Stationers will remain open 11am-7pm 7 days a week.

The Bowne & Co., Printing Office continues the age old tradition of job (or small batch) printing. Using seven historic presses from South Street Seaport Museum’s working collection; our resident printers create individual designs using custom plates or historic fonts. Visitors are invited to watch and discuss the history and contemporary relevance of letterpress, buy hand-printed items and order customs prints.

Printing Workshops at the Bowne & Co., Printing Office use traditional methods and historic presses that once documented marine trade for contemporary artisanal projects. Stay tuned for information on upcoming workshops.

Open by appointment only | Re-opening to the public May 25, 2019
207-209 Water Street


By subway:

  • Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street.
  • Upon exiting, walk east on Fulton Street until you reach the museum. Depending on where you exit, the walk takes between 8 and 15 minutes.

By bus:

  • Take the M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street. Note: On the M-15 SBS, you must pay at the bus stop before boarding.
  • Walk one block east.

By ferry:

  • The East River Ferry, Water Taxi, and New York Waterway provide service to Pier 11 from Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey.
  • From Pier 11, walk north on South Street for about 5 minutes.
  • Once at Fulton Street, turn left. The Visitor Center (12 Fulton Street) is about a half block west.
  • From the Staten Island Ferry, the museum is about a mile walk Northeast on Water or South Street.


  • Parking in the area is limited. There is a parking lot located at Front and John Streets, just one block from the museum. Another lot is available at 294 Pearl Street.
    *As we are located in an historic district please contact the museum regarding accessibility needs prior to your visit