LILAC is open to the public each summer for exhibits, tours, and other activities. Admissionis free. Because space is limited, reservations may be required for special events.
Visiting hours are 4:00 to 7:00 on 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 can wear to climb ladders and watch out for low overheads and for trip hazards.
To sample past events, please see calendars for 2015 and 2014. We welcome inquiries from organizations that would like to partner with us to offer educational and cultural activities on board. June 2016
June 7, 9, 10, and 11. 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Soul of the Sea, an immersive dance performance choreographed for LILAC by Linked Dance Theatre, is based on a short story by Oscar Wilde about a fisherman who gives up his soul for the love of a mermaid. Admission is free but space is limited since the audience is led through the ship to experience the dance. Please make a reservation.
Wednesday, June 8. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM World Oceans Day literary salon curated by One Grand Books celebrates our seas. Readings begin at 7:00 and will include presentations by Radiolab host Robert Krulwich and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham. A musical interlude will be offered by Angela McCluskey and Paul Cantelon with Linked Dance Theater performing excerpts from their site-specific work The Soul of the Sea. Book sales and signings follow. Wine provided by the event sponsor Bedell Cellars of Long Island. Those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free and open to the public but reservations are recommended.
June 9 to July 31 Opening reception: Thursday, June 16, 5:00 to 7:00 PM (under 21 must be accompanied by adult) Defending New York Harbor: The City's Waterfront Forts is an exhibit of photographs by Richard W. Golden which documents the fortifications that protectively ring New York Harbor.