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.
LILAC closed for the 2016 season on October 16. 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 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.
July 5 to 21 Artist Rachel Lussier will be creating paintings of LILAC. Watch them take shape and discuss them with her during visiting hours.
Saturday, July 16Extended hours: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM City of Water Day, a citywide family festival of our waterfronts, brings a day of special activities including sailboat crafts for kids, courtesy of Sailors NYC, knot-tying lessons, and a ride on the fireboat JOHN J HARVEY, in addition to viewing artist Rachel Lussier at work, visiting our exhibit, and touring the ship.
Thursday, August 4, 6:00 PM In honor of Coast Guard Day, join us for LILAC: Flower of the Delaware, a 45-minute presentation by Museum Director Mary Habstritt on the history of our ship and our restoration efforts, illustrated with vintage photographs and video clips. This presentation will be repeated Tuesday, August 9 at Lightship Nantucket moored at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6. Wednesday, August 10, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Opening reception for Adam Payne: Full Steam Ahead. Cash bar. Those under 21 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
August 4 to October 16 HELD OVER Adam Payne: Full Steam Ahead, a multi-media exhibit of maritime art by Adam Payne.
Thursday, September 1 to Sunday, September 30 Watch the film Boatlift documenting the maritime evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11 in the crew mess during regular hours. Listen to audio recordings of the mariners' description of the experience in the officers' quarters.
Thursday, September 8, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM SPECIAL EVENT American Dunkirk: The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11 Tricia Wachtendorf and James Kendra, co-authors of this new book, will present their research and discuss lessons to be learned with a panel of other documentarians. Reception and book-signing follows with the opportunity to watch Boatlift and listen to audio recordings of mariners reminiscing about the rescue. Admission is free but reservations are recommended.