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Arts & Museums
Hands on underwater exploration is a key feature of the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut! Come see beluga whales in a lovely one-acre outdoor area, African Penguins, sea lions and much more. There are also the special Animal Encounter Programs where you get an hour to interact with either the beluga whales, penguins or sting rays. In a 1999 expansion on the Aquarium is The Institute for Exploration, housing artifacts and exhibits based on Dr. Robert Ballad's underwater explorations for famous sunken ships, such as PT 109, the Bismarck and the RMS Titanic.
Gerda III is a small lighthouse tender which is a property of Museum of Jewish Heritage. Gerda III was built in 1928 and gained historical importance when it helped save the lives of around 300 Jews of Denmark in 1943. When the Nazis attempted to exterminate the Jews of Denmark , Gerda III was used to smuggle the Jews into Sweden. Gerda III now stands at Mystic Seaport, in Mystic, Connecticut, United States. In popular culture, a motion picture, A Day in October (1991) has been based on the story of the tender.
"The Museum of America and the Sea," this museum is the nation
The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is "the nation's foremost gallery specializing in contemporary marine art and ship models." The Gallery also features exceptional maritime landscapes of sea, shoreline and wildlife, as well as ship models and scrimshaw.
The Charles W. Morgan is the only surviving whaling vessel across the entire globe. Currently housed in Mystic Seaport, in 1966, this ship was designated as National Historic Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places. This whaleship gives you an insight into the whaling industry and its affiliated equipment.
America's last wooden whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan, resides at this small living history museum in Mystic, a tiny seaside town about an hour outside of New Haven, on the way up to Providence. Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea is a great place to take the kids to teach them about the importance and effects of the whaling industry on the towns dotting the Connecticut Shoreline. Learn about the steps involved in making the perilous trip out to sea for fishing or whaling. Scenes from Steven Spielberg's 1997 film Amistad were filmed here, not to mention the Seaport's shipyards constructed the re-creation of the schooner. The nation's leading maritime museum, Mystic Seaport is a must-see if visiting Connecticut.
Art galleries are most commonly open spaces with white walls that focus entirely on the exhibited art works. The Courtyard Art Gallery is emphatically in contrast to them, with a distinct character of its own. The carpeted floors and strategic use of wooden furniture exudes warmth and adds a European touch to the space. Works of 24 different artists has been showcased here, which include oil paintings by Chandler Kissell and Dennis Sirrine.
Finer Line Gallery & The Artware Store have something for everybody, from custom framing to fine art for your home or office to everyday art supplies. This Mystic art haven, which has been open for over 20 years, has a variety of art mediums to choose from and even offers art classes for those aspiring painters and artists. The knowledgeable staff is glad to help with any special order needs or beginner artist questions.
Mystic Arts Center, is a beautiful art gallery overlooking the Mystic River. It provides a base for upcoming artists to showcase their works. From paintings, photography, to fine arts, are on display here. Besides an art gallery it also functions as a wedding venue. The center also conducts art classes for children and adults alike. In these classes, students are taught the basics of painting, photography and drawing. Drop by to see works by talented artists or enroll in one of the classes to know more about art.
Hollow Art & Antique Gallery is a great place to wander into when you are hanging in downtown Mystic. Spend sometime perusing the antiques and gift shelves in this small, tucked away art retreat and take in some spectacular local art. Whether you are an avid collector or just out for a stroll, Hollow Art & Antique Gallery will not disappoint.
Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House was the residence of Antarctic explorer, Nathaniel Brown Palmer. The house blends Greek revival and the Victorian Italianate architecture styles. Listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1996, it is owned by the Stonington Historical Society. Artifacts from Nathaniel B Palmer's Antarctica voyage are displayed in the museum.
The Jabez Smith House is an integral part of the Town of Groton and belongs to the 18th Century. Now, this house is a museum that displays collections pertaining to the 18th and 19th Century. You can also tour the house with prior appointment.