The American Merchant Marine Museum  at Kings Point preserves, displays, and interprets historic artifacts and artwork related to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine, and the profession of seafaring. Housed inside the Barstow Estate, a Long Island Gold Coast mansion next to the Merchant Marine Academy was built in the 1920s for William S. Barstow, the first Mayor of Kings Point and a colleague of Thomas Edison. The Museum is used to educate midshipmen and the public and to instill an appreciation for the significant contributions made by the maritime services to the nation’s heritage. On this special lunchtime tour, Untapped Cities Insiders will have the museum entirely to ourselves as it will be closed to the public. Before or after the tour you are encouraged to enjoy a picnic on the grounds overlooking the Long Island Sound.


  • See ship models of all sizes and navigational tools spanning through decades of maritime history
  • A Japanese sword (one of only five in existence!) surrendered by Vice Admiral Matomu Ugaki to Supreme Allied Commander and General of the Army Douglas MacArthur on October 18, 1945
  • Collection of china from shipping companies around the world
  • The “142 Gallery” dedicated to the 142 U.S Merchant Marine Academy cadets lost in enemy action during World War II.
  • Historic and modern maritime artwork.

DATE: Monday, September 23rd 2019, 12:30PM-1:30PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!

CAPACITY: 20 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

THINGS TO KNOW: You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the museum.

REGISTRATION: Opens Monday, September 9th, 2019 at 12PM EST

HOW TO BOOK: This is a members-only tour for Untapped Cities Insiders.

If you are already an Untapped Cities Insider, log in to your account, and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 9/09 at 12 PM EST.

If you are not an Untapped Cities Insider yet, join today and register for this tour on this page when tickets go live on 9/09 at 12 PM EST.

If you don’t see a “Book Now” button on this page, it means you are not logged in as an Untapped Cities Insider and/or registration has not opened yet.

Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

Please be courteous of your fellow Insiders – if you are no longer able to make a tour but have ticket(s), let us know at so we can release those spots to other members. We hope you are as excited as we are about this experience and hope you can join us!


See our full list of Untapped Cities Insiders Tours and our upcoming Public Tours.