The museum is always alive with music and good company. Please click on the pages below to find out more about our popular ongoing public programs.
Sea Shantey Sessions
Every third Sunday afternoon of the month, the museum opens its doors to musicians and music lovers of all ages for a monthy sea shantey sing-a-long. Formerly held at the Seamens Church Institute in Lower Manhattan, we are pleased to be able to host the sessions at the site where music historian William Doerflinger collected many of the world's most beloved songs of the sea from the seamen who lived here during the early 1900's.
Free, but donations are appreciated. All ages welcome. Bring an instrument or an ear!
Co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York. Inc.
A Helluva Choir
Directed by Dr. Carolyn Clark, adults of all ages sing popular standards, showtunes, traditional sea chanteys, and more. Free and open to anyone who would like to sing. The chorus does perform at local events, but performing is optional as the goal of the program is to allow anyone to sing regardless of vocal ability.
FREE! Every Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30. You do not need to sign up in advance. Please call the museum for more information.
Join us on the first Thursday of each month from 2 to 4 pm to knit hats, scarves, vests, and more for needy mariners and local families. Every year our Closeknitters donate hundreds (if not thousands!) of garments to Seamens Church Institute and to local charities around New York City. Experienced and novice knitters are welcome. We provide materials, refreshments and good company.
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