The South Street Seaport Museum announces extended open days through October 31, 2021 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with timed entry at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets).

Open days include free tours of the historic tall ship Wavertree and the 1908 Ambrose lightship, free demonstrations of Bowne & Co. letterpress printers, an outdoor exhibit on Pier 16, and cruises aboard the tugboat WO Decker from 1930. For more information and to book tickets, visit

President and CEO Captain Jonathan Boulware said, “The Seaport Museum is delighted to welcome visitors to our historic ships on select days from May through October. Last year we saw tremendous response from New Yorkers to our free and accessible programs. Building on this success, we plan to share our flagship product with over 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.”

The 1885 Wavertree Tall Ship is now open until October 31, 2021 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with timed entry, 11am-5pm. Admission is FREE and includes access to the exterior areas of the ship, including the main deck and raised aft deck, as well as the cargo hold. For more information and to book tickets, visit

Wavertree is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and represents the thousands of ships that have docked along New York’s waterfront over the centuries. Guests will tour the traditional sailing ship moored at Pier 16. Admire the towering masts and miles of rigging. Discover how the people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo ship, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks and crew. Next, visit the cargo bay and stand atop our new viewing platform where you can admire the huge main cargo area. Step onto the aft deck and pose for a photo at the ship’s helm, and enjoy the views as you gaze across New York Harbor and see the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights. Or gaze landward and admire the skyline of the Financial District, which flourished thanks to ships like Wavertree, which brought the goods that helped businesses thrive. One of this year’s participants said: “The view was beautiful and the historic ship was amazing; the children enjoyed the beautiful day.

The visits will be self-guided according to a defined route. Wavertree is permanently moored at Pier 16 and does not sail into port. Access to Wavertree requires climbing a small ladder-type staircase and an angled walkway. Wavertree Open Days are subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather. For more information on the history of the Wavertree, visit

The 1908 Ambrose Lightship will be open for FREE tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 31, 2021 through October 31, 2021. The ship will conduct four tours daily, departing at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Pier 16 To book a free tour and for more information, visit

Ambrose is the first ship to join the Seaport Museum fleet and the first-ever lightship to guard the only shipping channel entering and leaving the ports of New York and New Jersey, the Ambrose Canal. As part of general admission to the Seaport Museum, visitors can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark and see the living and working spaces once inhabited by sailors stationed on Ambrose. The launch of the tours coincides with the anniversary of Ambrose’s arrival on August 5, 1968 at the Museum. One of this year’s attendees said: “We really enjoyed the tour on the Ambrose and learned a lot about the ship and in particular how Ambrose (the person) worked to deepen the waterways in the New York Harbor to accommodate the larger ships making their way to our shores.”

Guided tours last approximately 30 minutes. Advance reservations are recommended. Customers must check in 15 minutes before the tour. Access to Ambrose requires climbing an inclined walkway. Stairs lead to the lower decks.

The 1930 tug WO Decker will be open for public cruises every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 31, 2021. The vessel will make three circuits each Saturday, departing at 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Ride tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors/students, and $15 for children and are available for purchase at

Take a thrilling 75-minute ride on the last New York-built wooden tug WO Decker, recently named “Tug of the Year” by the Steamship Historical Society of America. Cruises will explore New York Harbor and views can include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery and Governors Island as you embark on an adventure like no other! One of this year’s attendees said it was “the best way to explore New York Harbor, I loved the historic tugboat and the captain’s explanation of the industrial part of the harbor.”

Advance reservations are recommended and guests must check in 15 minutes before the scheduled visit.

Bowne & Co. is hosting FREE outdoor letterpress printing demonstrations through October 30, 2021 on Fridays and Saturdays. The printers will set up a selection of historic presses outside on the steps of 209-211 Water Street. Demonstrations will take place every hour between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and each will last five to seven minutes, illustrating the 19th century printing process with a variety of presses and equipment from the Museum’s printing history collection . Articles printed throughout the day will be distributed as tangible reminders of the experience. Bowne & Co.’s public programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. One of this year’s participants said, “The kids thought it was magic.

Alongside the demos, new products are now available for purchase from Bowne & Co., Stationery in the online store, including new ranges of letterpress postcards, edges and card sets. correspondence in box. Grab a poster to support your favorite NYC neighborhood or to celebrate the woodblock type the Bowne & Co. team previously used as part of the #36DaysofType project. Items purchased online can be shipped anywhere in the country or picked up in person at 209-211 Water Street on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Visit to browse and buy.

The Seaport Museum is also offering a FREE outdoor exhibit at Pier 16, which will be your chance to discover this chapter in New York’s history. This series of signs and showcases will celebrate the people from all walks of life who lived and worked in the historic South Street Seaport, as well as the many businesses that laid the foundations for New York City to thrive and become a mecca for business and the culture it is today. Using historic photographs, prints, lithographs and paintings, the exhibition highlights part of the Seaport Museum’s collection of over 28,000 artifacts and works of art, and over 55,000 documents historical.

Participants said:

I had a wonderful and informative time visiting the Wavertree. Having staff around explaining features and details while letting visitors walk around and discover the different cabins and decks at their own pace was really refreshing.

Everything was very interesting. We all enjoyed it. One of the staff allowed our kids to spin a wheel and explained some things on top of the captain’s deck which was great.

We really enjoyed the tour on the Ambrose and learned a lot about the ship and especially how Ambrose (the person) worked to deepen the waterways in New York Harbor to accommodate the larger ships that come in headed for our shores.

Decker is the best way to explore New York Harbor; I loved the historic tugboat and the captain’s explanation of the industrial part of the port.

The printing demonstration was fascinating and the printer was an excellent explainer and demonstrator.

I’m a stationery fan and it was interesting to see the old and random stamps and designs. I also enjoyed taking home a newly printed card made right in front of me.

Seaport Museum memberships start at $50 and help support museum exhibits, preserve ships and collections, expand public programs, and serve more than 12,000 students through educational initiatives. To join the Museum as a member, visit

Although the interior spaces of the South Street Seaport Museum remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tall ship Wavertree, the lightship Ambrose, the tug WO Decker and the exterior steps of Bowne & Co. now welcome visitors as part of our 2021 Season of Seaport Museum Open Days.

Effective August 24, 2021, please note that pursuant to New York City Emergency Executive Order 225, proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to board WO Decker, Ambrose, as well as the lower decks and enclosed spaces of Wavertree for all. guests aged 12 and over and children under 12 must be accompanied by an inoculated adult. Proof of vaccination can be provided in the form of a physical vaccination card, NY Excelsior Pass app, or NYC COVID Safe app when checking in at the Pier 16 Red Welcome Tent.

Additionally, per current Federal and New York State COVID-19 guidelines, masks are required at all times aboard WO Decker, Ambrose, and Wavertree. Due to the face-to-face nature of print demos, masks are also required at Bowne & Co. Face coverings are required for employees and enhanced cleaning protocols are also in place.

Current COVID-19 protocols can be found at