May 29 – Oct 10 | 11am-5pm | Free
The permanently-moored 1885 tall ship Wavertree to the public for FREE beginning Saturday, May 29, 2021 and running on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 2021, with timed entry, from 11am-5pm at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets).
President and CEO, Capt. Jonathan Boulware says,
“The Seaport Museum is thrilled to welcome visitors to our historic ship Wavertree on select days from May through October. Last year we saw a tremendous response from New Yorkers looking for unique opportunities to meet up outdoors and rediscover the cultural gems across the city, so we responded by opening Wavertree for free. On the heels of that success, we anticipate sharing our flagship with upwards of 25,000 visitors in 2021. With protocols in place to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff, we look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages on board in the coming weeks.”
Wavertree Visit Details
Visits will be self-guided along a set route and will include access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform where you can take in the massive main cargo area.
The Museum will allow no more than 150 guests on board the ship at any time to encourage social distancing from different households.
All guests above the age of 2 will be required to wear a face covering at all times aboard Wavertree and at the Museum’s pop-up gift shop.
Additional activities for Wavertree Open Days, such as 19th century printing demonstrations, tours of the 1908 lightship Ambrose, and sailing excursions, will be announced throughout the summer.
Free Outdoor Exhibition
The Seaport Museum is also offering a new, free outdoor exhibition on Pier 16, which will provide the opportunity to discover this chapter of New York City’s history. This series of panels and window graphics will celebrate the people of all backgrounds who lived and worked in the South Street Seaport Historic District, and the many businesses that created the foundations for New York to thrive and become the business and culture mecca it is today.
Using historic photographs, prints, lithographs, and paintings, the exhibition highlights some of the Seaport Museum’s collection of more than 28,000 artifacts and works of art, and over 55,000 historic records. This exhibition is open to all around the clock, so come visit any time.
Is there an admission charge?
Wavertree open days and the outdoor exhibition on Pier 16 are free of charge.
How do I get tickets?
We strongly recommend booking your timed-entry ticket online in advance. Capacity is limited to facilitate social distancing.
I am a Member. Do I need a ticket?
Yes. Since capacity is limited, we strongly recommend that Members book their tickets in advance for a visit. No advanced reservations needed for Member and Volunteer Preview Day on May 28, but please make sure your membership is active by joining or renewing at seaportmuseum.org/membership. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you for your support, and for helping us to create a safe exhibition space.
How long is a typical visit?
A typical visit is around 15 minutes.
Do you have a deck plan or map that identifies the things aboard the ship?
In addition to exhibition panels throughout the upper decks, you can view or download a digital deck map here
How big can my group be?
Groups are limited to a maximum of 8 people.
What is the latest I can show up?
The last entry to Wavertree is 4:45pm
Are bags permitted in the exhibition?
Small bags and backpacks are allowed. Large bags are not permitted.
What are the safety protocols?
Face coverings are required for employees and all visitors older than age 2. Guests will be asked to sanitize their hands and avoid touching any objects. Social distancing is required and will be enforced, and there is a one-way path through the ship’s visit. Cleaning protocols are also in place.
What if I’m unable to wear a face mask?
If you are medically unable to wear a face mask please contact us at email@example.com and we’ll make an alternative plan together.
What if I am sick?
If you have a cough, fever, or other possible COVID symptoms or have been exposed to a person who has COVID, please stay home until you are well and visit us another time.
Is the ship and exhibition accessible?
The outdoor exhibition on Pier 16 is accessible from the Pier deck, at the end of Fulton Street and South Street. The tall ship Wavertree is not ADA accessible; boarding the ship involves climbing a short set of stairs and traversing an angled ramp (gangway).
Will restrooms be available?
There are no public restrooms available on Pier 16.
What happens if a visitor refuses to wear a face covering or comply with safety guidelines?
We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who declines to wear a face covering or comply with Museum guidelines.
Will the ship and exhibition stay open if it rains?
Yes, the outdoor exhibition is available to the public, rain or shine. Wavertree Open Days are subject to cancellation in the event of severe weather. We’ll be sure to keep you posted if you make your reservation for a day that’s looking rainy. For the most up-to-date status on whether a Wavertree Open Day has been cancelled, please visit our Facebook or Twitter.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bike racks are located at Front Street and John Street (near Imagination Playground.
- Citi Bike Stations are located at the corner of Cliff Street and Fulton Street and at the corner of Pearl Street and Peck Slip.
- Parking in the area is limited. you can click here 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