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 | Tugboat W.O. Decker

The 2020 sailing sseason Will be posted soon; Stay tuned for tickets.

Board the schooner Pioneer, for 2- hour sails on the harbor. Grab a halyard to help raise a sail or simply sit back and enjoy the view, bring a glass of wine or picnic lunch and see the city from a whole new perspective.

For the more adventurous, board our historic tugboat W. O. Decker and experience the harbor from the deck of the only tugboat in New York you can actual ride! W. O. Decker cruise tickets come with Museum admission. Cruises last 45 minutes, ages 9+ only.

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: 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

Gifts, Fine Goods, Custom Prints, and Job Printing

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

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.

Access to the Printing Office for workshops and job printing consultation is by appointment only. Click below to get in touch with the shop or stop by the Stationers to learn more.


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 NYC 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. Click below for a map of parking lots in the area

*As we are located in an historic district please contact the museum regarding accessibility needs prior to your visit