New Sea Monsters: Delving Into The Deep Myth Exhibit Opens At Maritime Museum Of San Diego July 9, 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA – Maritime Museum of San Diego, serving as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific world, announces the summertime public opening of a new educational, entertaining and interactive exhibit staged aboard the world’s oldest active sailing ship Star of India. Sea Monsters: Delving into the Deep Myth will open to the public at 12:00 noon Saturday, July 9, 2022. This fresh, fun, eye-catching exhibit, complete with dramatic Kraken-inspired tentacles climbing across the yards and rigging of the legendary Star of India, will take visitors on an imaginary journey at the end of the 19th Century, when a fictional, dynamic, daring, and somewhat eccentric world-exploring family chartered the Star of India for an expedition with the task of investigating the existence of Sea Monsters in various parts of the globe. Exhibit entrance is free with purchase of museum general admission tickets.
Wandering the deep hold of the Star, specimens both real and reconstructed will engage visitors with trying to understand and explain an aspect of human interaction with the unknown and the ongoing quest for monsters of the deep. Visitors will explore evidence and a series of cultural projections that express humanity’s innermost fears, our search for truth, and the thrill of discovery that ultimately bring Sea Monsters to life for everyone…both real or imagined including skeletal aquatic dinosaur replicas, marine biological specimens, historic zoological hands-on immersive activities within the MMSD’s unique venue, the nineteenth century Star of India.
A Sea Monster “crime scene” board will identify the various sea monster sightings around the globe and provide visitors with a global view of cultural legends and primary documents of their impact on those communities through newspaper clippings, stories and first-hand accounts. A special exhibit show will also illuminate cultural images of sea monsters seen through the lens of the late 19th century.
Curatorial lead and Vice President of Maritime Museum of San Diego, Susan Sirota states, “We especially wanted something for families to enjoy together. In the coming month’s visitors and residents of San Diego will notice a few surprises while new exhibit preparations are underway along the waterfront. Once open, hands-on activities in the children’s play area will encourage our younger visitors’ creativity by participating in various activities such as a Design your Own Sea Monster and Mini-Monster Ship Play, while magic lanterns will also delight visitors with visual projections of historical and nautically inclined imagery.”
Grand Opening activities Saturday, July 9, 2022 at the Maritime Museum of San Diego include fun for all ages from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. With purchase of general admission, visitors can explore all of the Museum vessels and exhibits plus participate in a Sea Monster costume parade and storytelling along with live music and kid-friendly activities led by the MMSD education department staff. Maritime Museum members will enjoy an exclusive preview of the exhibit July 9, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Also planned, and timed to coincide with the return of the Comin-Con 2022 Convention in San Diego, the Maritime Museum will host an evening Sea Monster Saloon sponsored by Pusser’’s Rum, Friday, July 22nd 2022 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. for adults 21+ only to include no host bar, sea inspired appetizers, and live music aboard Star of India. Ticket reservations can be made at sdmaritime.org in the coming months.
Visits to all exhibits found in the below deck galleries aboard the Museum’s historic fleet are included with one general admission ticket purchase. Visitors can purchase tickets to the Maritime Museum of San Diego at sdmaritime.org or visit the ticket booth and Gift Shop located on the north embarcadero between W. Grape and Ash Streets at Star of India Wharf, 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309. For tickets and information visit sdmaritime.org.
Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego.
About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarine, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions offering self-guided tours, docent guided-group tours, tall ship charters, year round public events, educational programs, and a distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.