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South Street Seaport Museum Seaport Discovery: Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle

Apr 15 Through Jun 30 | Fri |
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The South Street Seaport Museum announces a new discovery room of maritime-themed art by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children. Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle is designed specifically for children aged 2-7 and their adults. The exhibition will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11am to 5pm in April and May. In June, it will open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Admission is $5 per child aged 1-12, with no charge for accompanying caregivers, teens, and infants. Advanced timed tickets are recommended and can be reserved at beginning April 2, 2022.

"We're looking forward to welcoming families into Eric Carle's colorful world," said Capt. Jonathan Boulware, President and CEO of the South Street Seaport Museum. "This discovery room will be an incredible and kid-friendly introduction to maritime marvels and everything the Seaport has to offer."

"We are thrilled to partner with the South Street Seaport Museum to bring Eric Carle's undersea imagery to life in a new discovery room presentation. The Museum's creative team did a fantastic job connecting Carle's books A House for Hermit Crab and 10 Little Rubber Ducks to their educational mission. The exhibition invites imaginative storytelling and offers exploration opportunities for its youngest guests," said Ellen Keiter, Chief Curator, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Huge immersive murals will bring families into Carle's book A House for Hermit Crab and the cargo-ship adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Visitors will enjoy activities, like meeting a live hermit crab, driving ferries on a giant play-table, and learning about cargo ships through the eyes of a rubber duck—all while exploring Carle's use of color and pattern.  

After visiting the discovery room, families can explore the rest of the Seaport Museum's galleries for free and find out how the fleet of historic ships connect to Carle's art. Guided tours of lightship Ambrose, and self-guided tours of tall ship Wavertree, are also free for adults and kids, and tickets for sailing excursions on schooner Pioneer and harbor cruises on tugboat W.O. Decker from May to October are available for purchase starting April 15, 2022.

Seaport Museum Memberships include unlimited admission to museum exhibitions including Seaport Discovery, invitations to special events, and great discounts year-round, including 20% off on W.O. Decker and Pioneer sails. Memberships start at $50 and help support Museum's exhibitions, preserve the ships and the collections, grow public programs, and serve over 12,000 students annually through education initiatives. To join the Museum as a Member, visit

Please note that people over age 5 will be required to show proof they are fully vaccinated to enter the exhibition space. Proof of vaccination can be provided in the form of a physical immunization card, NY Excelsior Pass app, or the NYC COVID Safe app when you check in at the reception desk at 12 Fulton Street. Additionally, masks are required at all times within indoor spaces across the Seaport Museum campus. Current COVID-19 protocols can be found at

About Eric Carle Eric Carle (1929-2021) is the acclaimed and beloved creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of millions of children around the world and has been translated into 70 languages. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Carle   illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and most of which he also wrote.   

About the South Street Seaport Museum The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the South Street Seaport Historic District in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of "Where New York Begins."

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Venue: South Street Seaport Museum

12 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038, Map