South Street Seaport Museum announces Archtober 2021 lineup in person and online


The South Street Seaport Museum has announced in-person and online events in partnership with Archtober, New York’s Architecture and Design Month and the annual festival of architectural activities, programs and exhibitions that take place takes place in October. Events at the Seaport Museum include free walking tours of the history of Lower Manhattan’s printing industry, virtual tours of iconic Schermerhorn Row buildings, a glimpse of the 19th-century Thompson Warehouse, a partnership virtual tour with Urban Archive, a new version of the recently digitized historical architecture elements of the Collections Online portal and a corresponding Collections Chronicles blog entry. To find out more, access the programs and book tickets, visit

In person

Walking tour: typography and printing of works in the 19th century seaport

In person | Free | Saturday October 9 and 23, 2 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Join Bowne & Co. Artistic Director and Director of Operations Rob wilson for a free, in-person walking tour of the historic South Street Seaport to see where passenger and shipping services have printed their tickets and advertisements. In addition to getting a detailed look at the buildings in the neighborhood while learning about the history of Lower Manhattan’s printing industry, tour participants will be able to see some of that history come to life during a demonstration of the printing industry. 19th century print at Bowne & Co. Free, but registration required at

The South Street Seaport Museum’s current COVID-19 protocols can be found at

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Inside Schermerhorn Row: Virtual Tour of Iconic Seaport Museum Buildings

Activity anytime | To free

Enjoy a special tour of the top floor of the Seaport Museum Headquarters at 1810-1812 Schermerhorn Row, from the comfort of your home! This free, on-demand tour provides the opportunity to see and learn the history of one of the most significant examples of early 19th-century commercial architecture in New York City. The upper floors of this New York City landmark, located in the National Register’s historic South Street Seaport, include architectural relics of the neighborhood’s history and developments, such as the most renowned remains of two 150-year-old hotels, made famous by a New York writer Joseph mitchell‘s essay titled “Up in the Old Hotel.”

Inside Thompson’s Warehouse: 19th-century monument revealed

Activity anytime | To free

Watch layers of history literally unfold to reveal the secrets of this 19th-century cast-iron building, highlighting surprises such as basement cart tracks, historic construction methods, and the machinery of an ancient elevator. This special virtual tour is led by the President and CEO of the South Street Seaport Museum, Captain Jonathan Boulware, who shows and chronicles the renovation process of the historic Thompson Warehouse, at 215-213 Water Street, in the heart from the historic South Street Seaport.

Online Collections Portal – Highlights of Architectural Elements

Activity anytime | To free

Take a tour through New York City’s past with architectural features preserved at the South Street Seaport Museum as you browse over 100 newly digitized architectural artifacts in our free online searchable database. The Museum’s collection of architectural and building components includes bricks, doors and windows, wallpaper samples, cast iron and terracotta ornaments, structural ironwork, and more. The objects are examples of the changing physical fabric of New York City, and in particular of Lower Manhattan and the historic South Street Seaport. Most of the artifacts belong to various adaptations and style iterations of Schermerhorn Row, a Federal-style counting house built between 1810-1812 and which has housed the Seaport Museum since the 1970s. The remaining artifacts belong to other significant buildings that no longer exist, notably the Fulton Market building from 1882, the Edgar H. Laing stores, the Rhinelander Sugar House building, etc.

Blog Collections Chronicles: “The Writer and the Wrecking Ball”

Activity anytime | To free

As part of the Seaport Museum’s Collections Chronicles blog, where Collections Department staff and interns explore the institution’s collections and archives in rich, multimedia articles, this special blog post from Collection Director Martina Caruso highlights the links between one of the museum’s first founding fathers. author Joseph mitchell and the Museum’s extensive collection of architectural elements. The Seaport Museum began collecting architectural items in its early days thanks to Mitchell, and its current collections document New York’s important role in the evolution of American architectural design and the city’s ever-changing urban landscape. Take a virtual stroll from Wall Street to Tribeca and see some bygone structures that live at the Seaport Museum.

South Street Seaport x Urban Archive: Virtual Walking Tours

Activity anytime | To free

Walk with us, virtually, and learn about the origins of New York’s greatness, via Urban Archive, a tech nonprofit that promotes historical research and discovery. You can either walk down to South Street, download the app and follow the walk on your own, or enjoy a virtual tour from the comfort of your own home. Tours include architectural gems of the historic South Street Seaport, Lower Manhattan Waterfront, Clinton Castle, and more.

About Archtober

Archtober is New York Architecture and Design Month, the annual festival of architectural activities, programs and exhibitions that takes place throughout October. Visit for more information.


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