MYSTIC, Conn. — Mystic Seaport Museum expanded its operating hours Jan. 1, to provide the public greater opportunity to visit the traveling exhibition "Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition" now open in the Museum’s Thompson Exhibition Building.
The exhibition explores the fate of the Franklin Expedition, which set sail from London in 1845 in an attempt to find the elusive Northwest Passage across the Arctic to Asia. Sir John Franklin and his 128-man crew, aboard the ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, all perished. The exact nature of their fate is one of the most enduring mysteries of maritime history.
The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will be exclusively open Monday through Wednesday for a flat admission rate of $10 per person.
The Museum has a wider offering Thursday through Sunday that includes "Death in the Ice," plus the indoor exhibition galleries, Planetarium, Children’s Museum, historic Buckingham-Hall House, and the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Highlights of the current exhibition slate include "Monument Man: Kevin Sampson in Residence" and "When This You See, Remember Me," a new exhibition opening Jan. 19 that explores late 19th- and early 20th-century portrait photography through the work of local photographers Scholfield and Tingley. Visitors will be able to step back in time to experience what it was like to take a formal portrait in that era and stage their own photograph with their smartphones.
Admission rates Thursday through Sunday through Feb. 15 are: adults $19, Senior (ages 65+) $19, and Youth (ages 3-14) $12. Children (2 and younger) are admitted free.
The Museum’s Village and Shipyard will be closed to the public until Feb. 16.
"Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition" is a traveling exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Canada), in partnership with Parks Canada Agency and with the National Maritime Museum (London, UK), and in collaboration with the Government of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust.