Seamen’s is pleased to announce the grand opening of The Discovery Deck on the 2nd floor of our building, open to the public Wednesday through Sunday 9am-4pm.

The Discovery Deck is an interactive, educational exhibit showcasing the maritime industry of Newport and Narragansett Bay.

Featured content includes boatbuilding, commercial fishing, aquaculture, commercial shipping, the Navy, scientific research and environmental concerns affecting the Bay. Hands-on activities include a block and tackle station, maker space, energy grinder and sand table. A central AV projector shows vignettes of careers on the Bay filmed by Rhode Island PBS. Program partners, IYRS and Clean Ocean Access, have interactive exhibits on display as well.

Partners in content include Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), Northeast Marine Pilots, Eating with the Ecosystem, Pangaea International Logistics, Providence SteamBoat, Naval War College Museum and URI’s Coastal Resources Center.

Summer Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Sunday 9am-4pm
Winter Hours of Operation: Thursdays and Saturdays 9am-2pm

Admission: 4 and under Free; Youth 5-17 $8; Adults $12

For Educators:While the exhibit is open to the public and appeals to all ages, its educational goals are focused on middleschoolers. Field trips and classes aim to increase students’ interest in STEAM subjects, expose them to marine industry careers, increase awareness of environmental concerns relevant to marine industry and increase engagement in the maritime community. For more information about field trips, homeschool sessions, weekend workshops and afterschool activities, contact Kaili Dunlap, Education Coordinator at or 401-847-4260.

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