https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/events/sailors-valentines/ USS Constitution Museum Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22
PO BOX 291812
Charlestown, MA 02129
Art, History, Kid Friendly, Seasonal
Make a special sailor’s valentine for someone you love!
On Saturday, February 11, we will provide the materials to create a one-of-a-kind valentine in the style of this popular 19th-century souvenir. All you have to bring is the creativity! This drop-in activity is free to Museum visitors.
What is a sailor’s valentine? These works of art are made by arranging small seashells in a symmetrical pattern, commonly in an octagonal box. They were a popular souvenir purchased by sailors for their sweethearts back home and often featured a symbol of love at the center. While the name suggests that the sailors created these themselves, most were created and purchased on the island of Barbados.