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Age of Exploration Gallery


THIS GALLERY IS CLOSED

We’ll begin by deinstalling our Age of Exploration and The Nelson Touch exhibitions on January 3, 2022.  Over the course of the year, we will periodically bring out special artifacts to gather feedback about what YOU want to see in the new Gallery! This project will have an even greater impact than just improving our facility; we will create an interactive space for children and adults to become explorers themselves and connect with the diverse cultures that explore our world’s waters. Click here to learn more.


Age of Exploration chronicles the developments in shipbuilding, ocean navigation, and cartography that made the voyages of the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries possible. Ship models, rare books, illustrations, maps, navigational instruments, and other artifacts help bring the gallery to life. A hands-on “Discovery Library” allows visitors to examine reproductions of early navigational instruments and books.

Learn all about our specialized school programs, including our Age of Exploration program that takes students on an imaginative journey through time to explore an era when cartographers were still mapping the world and mariners were discovering new landmasses, fueling the desire for knowledge and riches.

Education Programs

Ages of Exploration explorers

Discover more about the Ages of Exploration by checking out our online website.
Ages of Exploration