Admission toLILAC is free. Because space is limited, reservations are sometimes required for special events.
LILAC is open to the public each year from May to October for exhibits, tours, and other activities.
During our 2014 season, the ship will normally be open 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursdays and 2:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. These hours are subject to change to accommodate special events and weather. We make every attempt to post changes here and apologize for any inconvenience.
When you visit, remember that you will be entering a ship undergoing restoration. Wear comfortable shoes that you could wear to climb a ladder and watch out for low overheads and for trip hazards.
Events & Exhibits
A calendar of last year's activities may be viewed here.
We welcome inquiries from organizations that would like to partner with us to offer educational and cultural activities on board. May 2014 Wednesday, May 21, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Special viewing of Fleet Week's Parade of Ships for LILAC's former crew and cadets and current volunteers. Re-installation of the ship's original builder's plate will take place after the Parade. This event is invitation-only.
Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, 2:00 to 7:00 PM Tour the ship and view the Hero Project exhibit.
Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 CLOSED The ship will be closed to prepare to move the ship for pier repairs. Please attend other Fleet Week activities to honor and learn about our Coast Guard and Navy.
May 24 to June 30 The Hero Project An exhibit of selected photographs by Jonathan Atkin from hiswork-in-progress collaboration betweendance artists and historic ships.
June 2014 Thursday, June 19 CLOSED LILAC will be closed while we prepare for the North River Historic Ship Festival. Please join us for special hours on Friday and all weekend.
Friday, June 20, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, June 21, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Special festival hours to tour LILAC and the Hero Project exhibit.
Sunday, June 22, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Family activities at LILAC include exploring touch tanks of estuarine life with staff of The River Project and knot tying with maritime artist Frank Hanavan while, on the pier, educators from Hudson River Park leadlessons in fishing.
Saturday, June 28 and Sunday. June 29CLOSED LILAC will be closed for private events on board and for Gay Pride activities in Hudson River Park.
July 2014 Saturday, July 5 to August 28 Tugboats: Workhorses of New York Harbor Photographs by John Skelson document the powerful and colorful array of tugs that keep our harbor working are on display.
Tuesday, July 8, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Opening party for the exhibit, Tugboats: Workhorses of New York Harbor. Cash bar. Those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The tug Pegasus, moored nearby, will be open for tours.
Saturday, July 12,10:00 to 4:00 PMSPECIAL HOURS City of Water Day at Hudson River Park's Pier 25 is part of a citywide celebration of New York's waterfronts sponsored by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance with events all day long. Joining LILAC for this celebration at the pier are the schooner A. J. Meerwald, tug Pegasus and fireboat John J. Harvey which will offer free boat rides, and FDNY fireboat Three Forty Three and the schooner Sherman Zwicker which will be open for tours. Learn to tie knots like a sailor on board LILAC or join Hudson River Park educators for fishing lessons on the pier.
Saturday, August 16CLOSED LILAC is closed due to malfunctioning sewage system in the pier.
Extended to Thursday, August 28 Tugboats: Workhorses of New York Harbor Photographs by John Skelson document the powerful and colorful array of tugs that keep our harbor working are on display.
Saturday, August 30, Sunday, August 31 and Thursday, September 4CLOSED LILAC is closed for installation of the Floating Library.
September 2014 Saturday, September 6 to Friday, October 3SPECIAL HOURS Floating Library Find a place apart when LILAC becomes the Floating Library, a mobile device-free salon for reading, writing, research, debate and fearless dreaming created by artist Beatrice Glow who also brought the Aquarium from Austronesia to the the ship in 2012. Activities take place almost daily Wednesday through Sunday and hours will vary. Please consult the calendar for details before visiting.