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President and Chief Executive Officer Mystic, CT

Mystic Seaport Museum has selected Peter Armstrong as the next President & CEO. He will assume his role in December 2020.

Peter Armstrong comes to Mystic Seaport Museum from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, where for the past five years he has served as Senior Director of Museum Operations and Education. He is responsible for education, collections, exhibitions, and interpretation, overseeing 281 employees and directing two major museums and their living history sites. He led the transition from the Yorktown Victory Center—a small museum with some living history areas—to the new, $50-million, state-of-the-art American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, which opened in April 2017. Most recently in 2019, he oversaw the creation of the special exhibition "TENACITY," which focused on the arrival of the first women to Jamestown, and Forgotten Soldier, which features the personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the Revolutionary War. Before joining Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Peter was at the United Kingdom’s National Museum of Arms and Armour, also known as the Royal Armouries. During his tenure, he developed and promoted several major exhibitions, including "Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill at the Tower of London."

In addition, Christina Connett Brophy has been named Mystic Seaport Museum's Senior Vice President of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Director of Museum Galleries. She is currently the Douglas and Cynthia Crocker Endowed Chair for the Chief Curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM). She has curated more than 30 exhibitions, notably "A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World" (2018) and "A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art," which will open in June 2021.  Like Peter, Christina will assume her new responsibilities in December 2020.

Anita Tien led this search with Micah Pierce and Ryan Leichenauer. 



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