2008-06-26 / News

Maritime museum offers historic craft classes

This summer, visitors of all ages can enjoy daily workshops at Mystic Seaport and then take home the fruits of their labor with Hands-On History, the museum's newest interactive program.

A total of eight hour-long workshops are offered on a rotating basis.

"Hands-On History lets children and parents work together while trying their hand at 19th-century craftsmanship," said Jonathan Shay, director of exhibits and interpretation for the museum. "Staff artisans lead a series of workshops focusing on the specialized trades that may have been found in a seafaring village similar to Mystic Seaport. In addition to hands-on learning, visitors then have a keepsake to take home."

Children can stop by the toy boat workshop to assemble and decorate their own wooden toy boat daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Three times a day, older children and adults can try their hand at that day's selected workshop. Visitors can make a canvas ditty bag, learn fancy knot work and rope slices, make a wood carving, press flowers in th e Vi ctorian st yle, di p ta pered ca ndles, pr int de corative note cards and try their hand at blacksmithing. Beginning June 27, two of these workshops will be offered daily.

Mystic Seaport is the nation's leading maritime museum. The museum features a re-created 19th-century coastal village, a Children's Museum, exhilarating exhibits and a Planetarium.

The museum is located one mile south of exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, Conn. and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $18.50 for adults and $13 for children ages 6 to 17. Children 5 and under are admitted for free. For more information, call 888.973.2767 or visit www.mysticseaport.org.

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