Why Visit Mystic Seaport this Winter.

Sure our Mystic Country region is well known for all the great things to “sea” and do during the warmer summer months, but that reality is changing with the ongoing development of new attractions in the region suited for winter time visitors to the area. And nothing currently reflects this more than Mystic Seaport’s new Thompson Exhibition building and inaugural “Sea Change” exhibit.

Mystic Seaport

Its very shape of the new Thompson Exhibition Building mirrors the sea. The breathtaking new Thompson Exhibition Building, now open at Mystic Seaport takes its design inspiration from the geometry of the sea and the curved hulls of the ships that sailed from the town of Mystic. With sweeping views of the Mystic River, it captures the soothing movement of the ocean in its graceful arch design, reflecting skeletal forms of marine animals while welcoming guests as the anchor of the Museum’s Gallery Quad.

The Thompson Building is the cornerstone and final element of the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle, a project which integrated existing buildings and grounds with new construction and unified the buildings of the north end of the Museum by focusing on their common role as formal exhibition galleries.

Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport

With a grand and welcoming lobby, the state-of-the-art 5,000-square-foot exhibition space will allow Mystic Seaport to host major exhibitions and take the experience of America’s maritime story to new levels. The bold design reflects a distinct departure from the Museum’s traditional architecture. Relying on inspiration from the sea is a wholly new approach to the design feel at Mystic Seaport and introduces the Museum into a new, modern, and exciting exhibition era.

Wade Thompson, the which the new building was named after, was a Mystic Seaport trustee for 27 years who believed passionately in the need for contemporary exhibition space and its importance for the future of the Museum. The Thompson Building houses the Collins Gallery, a 5,000-square-foot hall featuring soaring ceilings and a flexible layout that provides the caliber of conditions required to curate not only exhibits from the Mystic Seaport collections, but also permit the borrowing of outstanding art and artifacts from other museums around the world.

Mystic Seaport Sea Change Exhibit

A green building, it includes geothermal heating and cooling systems and recycled roof material and carpet tiles. It is constructed with Douglas fir, red cedar and mahogany. Douglas fir is the wood used on the spars on the Charles W. Morgan, the world’s last wooden whaling ship. The first exhibit featured in the Thompson Building is titled “Sea-Change,” a dramatic presentation of a range of beautiful and unique objects drawn from the collections of Mystic Seaport. A special grouping of these intriguing artifacts will be on display for the first time, and all will be presented in a new setting which reveals surprising stories of transformation that continue to impact a contemporary audience and its experience with the sea.
The new Thompson Building and “Sea Change” exhibit opened on December 10, 2016. Come check it out.

Mystic Seaports Thompson Exhibition Building

The Charles Morgan ~
   All Hands on Deck !!!

Are you interested in history and a fan of historic seaports and old boats? Are you looking to getaway to enjoy springtime here in New England? If so, you may want to set your sails for Mystic, CT on Thursday, May 17, 2014 where theCharles W. Morgan, a historic US whaling shipwill embark on her 21st century maiden voyage to ports throughout New England.

The Morgan is a US whaling ship which sailed during the 19th and early 20th century and was used to catch whales to harvest the whale blubber for commonly used whale oil. The Morgan, is a National Historic Landmark built in 1841 and is the oldest American commercial ship and wooden whaling vessel still afloat in the world. Skilled craftsmen at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport recently completed a nearly five-year restoration.

The Charles Morgan during renovations

The Charles Morgan during renovations

On May 17th, The Morgan will set sail on her 38th voyage sailing from Mystic Seaport to New London, CT (just 15 minutes from our inn) before heading off to Newport, RI on June 14th. During her stay in New London the ship will be open to the public with dockside exhibits on May 24-25, May 31 and June 1st.

Following her visit to Newport, RI, The Morgan will visit Marthas Vineyard, New Bedford, MA, Provincetown (Cape Cod), and Boston before returning home to the Mystic Seaport on August 9th. For additional information about the Charles W. Morgan or Mystic Seaport, please visit: http://www.mysticseaport.org/visit/explore/morgan/

In closing, we would also like to wish our Inn at Harbor Hill Marina team member Julianne (Jules) happy sailing and congratulations on being selected as a crew member on the maiden voyage of the Charles W. Morgan. We can’t wait to hear about your summer adventure.

Charles Morgan

The Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport