For a glimpse of New York as it was in the nineteenth century, visitors should check out the South Street Seaport Museum. With sixteen galleries that feature both historical artifacts and contemporary design located convenient to shopping and dining areas and a number of historical sailing ships, the museum is equally intriguing for New Yorkers and tourists.
In addition to the galleries, the museum offers a maritime library, a working nineteenth century print shop, a craft center, an archeology museum and the largest privately owned fleet of historical vessels in the US, including nineteenth century sailing vessels as well as working boats from the early twentieth century. Some of these vessels take passengers into local waterways in favorable weather.
The South Street Seaport Museum was originally a part of the South Street Seaport development intended to preserve the buildings in the Schermerhorn Row Block. These six 1811 structures were built as counting houses to serve the busy port. These blocks represent the most significant group of restored commercial buildings from the early 1800s anywhere in the City of New York.
Located where Fulton Street runs into the water between Water Street and South Street, the museum is accessible by water taxi on weekends, by the M15 bus or by the nearby Fulton Street subway station.