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South Street Seaport

The South Street Seaport Museum is located in Manhattan, near the Financial District. This seaport has been designated a historic district – since it houses some of the oldest buildings and architecture in Manhattan, along with a large collection of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings. In 1967, the South Street Seaport Museum was opened to provide educational material and programs about the seaport’s history.

In 1998, it was designated as part of “America’s National Maritime Museums” – a group of maritime museums dedicated to maritime preservation and education. The museum houses a maritime library, craft center, marine life conservation lab, and archaeology museum. As well, the Seaport houses the largest privately-owned fleet of historic ships in the US. After suffering damage in Hurricane Sandy, the museum has reopened; however, the seaport’s most famous shopping area, Pier 17. The Seaport is a tourist’s dream, with renovated sailing ships, shopping malls, restaurants, bars and clubs, music venues, along with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge and access to the Titanic Memorial lighthouse at the entrance of the Seaport. There’s still plenty to do and see in this area, from the museum to shopping. An events calendar can be found online at