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The whaleship Charles W. Morgan, the oldest American commercial vessel still afloat and a National Historic Landmark, has undergone a multi-year, comprehensive restoration in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport. The project, which began in November 2008, renewed areas of the vessel from the waterline down to her keel and also addressed the bow and stern. On July 21, the 172nd anniversary of the vessel’s initial launch, she will be launched again.

Ric Burns, the award-winning documentary filmmaker, will deliver the keynote address at the launch ceremony.  A ceremonial breaking of a bottle over the Morgan‘s bow and lowering of the vessel into the Mystic River at 2 pm will highlight the day’s celebration.

Special Morgan-related presentations and demonstrations, including talks from the shipwrights who worked on the restoration, will take place throughout the day. Hear live music from the Museum’s chanteymen and take part in family-friendly activities. Join us for this historic occasion as we celebrate a national treasure — it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed!

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Free second-day admission: Each ticket is good for one general admission on the day of purchase. Have your ticket validated before you leave and return a second day for free within seven days of validation.Active duty military receive group admission and membership discounts: All active duty military and their accompanying family members receive the group discount rate of $19 per adult and $10.50 per youth. All memberships will receive a $5 discount.

Special needs’ visitors receive a 50% discount on admission: One additional adult attending to the special needs’ visitor will also receive a discount of 50% on admission.

Free admission on your birthday: Visit on your birthday and your admission is our gift to you! If you already receive free admission as a Museum member, bring a friend for free. Offer available to adults and children. Must present a valid photo ID or copy of birth certificate.

AAA members: Show your valid AAA card to the gate attendant when purchasing your Museum admission and receive $3 off each general admission ticket for up to four people in your party.

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