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South Street Seaport Museum Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

South Street Seaport Museum Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

The South Street Seaport Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Saturday, April 29 with a free, family-friendly event and free admission to the museum, according to a press release.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the historic ships Ambrose and Wavertree; take part in printing demonstrations at the Bowne print shops at 209-211 Water St.; enjoy family activities and music on Pier 16; and view the museum’s current exhibitions, including Street of Ships: The Port and Its People and The Architecture of Trade: Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport.

The event begins at 11am with a bell-ringing ceremony aboard the Ambrose with Jimmy Van Bramer, the New York City Council Majority Leader. Other guests who will be in attendance include Councilmember Margaret Chin, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs. 

The museum reopened last March after it was flooded following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In June, a new exhibit called Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 will open. This exhibit will look into the tensions between the wealthy first-class passengers and immigrants in third-class, even though they both sailed aboard the same vessel. 

The event will take place from 11am-5pm. For more information, visit the South Street Seaport Museum’s website


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Main image: The South Street Seaport Museum is located within the historic Seaport District.
Photo courtesy South Street Seaport Museum

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