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Seaport Museum Prepares to Re-Open Its Doors

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Seaport Museum. The Seaport Museum. (Jim Henderson/Wikipedia Commons)

The South Street Seaport Museum will re-open on Thursday after it closed amid financial hardship nearly a year ago.

The Seaport Museum shut its doors last March after 21 board trustees resigned and half the staff of the cash-strapped museum was laid off.

Last October, the Museum of the City of New York took over the Seaport Museum, pledging it would oversee its budget and operations for a period of at least a year and no more than 18 months.

Permanent items in its collection like model ships, miniature schooners and clippers in glass bottles and hundreds of historic maritime hand tools will be on view when the museum re-opens on Thursday morning.

Visitors can also check out other new exhibits at the Seaport Museum, including a show of 125 photographs documenting Occupy Wall Street, stunning color prints of decommissioned ships in Bangladesh by Edward Burtynsky, furniture made by New York City designers and a film showing the New York waterfront from 1903 to the present.

Also of interest are large-scale panorama photos taken in Times Square, Woodside and Coney Island by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, and Sylvia Plachy's sharp, eye-catching scenes from around the city.

Check out a slideshow below.

When it re-opens, the Seaport Museum will feature a number of new exhibits, including one called
Photo by Andrew Hinderaker
When it re-opens, the Seaport Museum will feature a number of new exhibits, including one called "Occupy Wall Street: A Photographic Document."
The works chosen are by 70 photographers and were selected from over 1,000 prints.
Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
The works chosen are by 70 photographers and were selected from over 1,000 prints.
An exhibit called
Photo by Andrew Hinderaker
An exhibit called "Made in New York" will also be on view, which shows pieces by New York City furniture and clothing designers.
Edward Burtynsky photographs of decommissioned ships in Bangladesh will also be on view.
Photo by Andrew Hinderaker
Edward Burtynsky photographs of decommissioned ships in Bangladesh will also be on view.
Films about New York’s history and waterfront will also be screened at the new museum.
Photo by Andrew Hinderaker
Films about New York’s history and waterfront will also be screened at the new museum.
Items from the Seaport Museum's permanent collection will also be on view, including these historic tools of the seaport.
Photo by Andrew Hinderaker
Items from the Seaport Museum's permanent collection will also be on view, including these historic tools of the seaport.
These ships in bottles are also part of the museum's permanent collection.
Photo by Andrew Hinderaker
These ships in bottles are also part of the museum's permanent collection.
As are the model ships.
Photo by Andrew Hinderaker
As are the model ships.

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