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Maine Maritime Museum

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Address: 243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530-1638
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+1 207-443-1316
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks...

Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine. Indoors, visitors enjoy air-conditioned galleries with exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Outdoors, visitors can join a guided tour or stroll through the historic Percy & Small shipyard and see how many of the world's largest wooden sailing ships were built, learn about lobstering in the Maine Coast and Lobstering Exhibit, enjoy lunch under the towering sculpture of the schooner Wyoming (the largest wooden sailing vessel built in North America), watch wooden boats being built in the Museum boat ship, or play on a pirate ship. Seasonally, visitors can get the best view of the area's lighthouses and spectacular scenery on daily cruise boats, learn the story of Bath Iron Works from shipyard insiders who then guide a windshield tour of views of the shipyard, and tour the Victorian-era home of the Donnel shipbuilding family.

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Excellent review of Maine maritime history

Fascinating museum. Fascinating, comprehensive and well-done exhibits that cover everything from shipbuilding to cod fishing. Beautiful setting as well. Well worth the visit, even... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 February 2017
Andrew M
Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Fascinating museum. Fascinating, comprehensive and well-done exhibits that cover everything from shipbuilding to cod fishing. Beautiful setting as well. Well worth the visit, even though Bath Ironworks Shipyard tour was not available when we were there. Highly recommended.

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Pottsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Visited the Maine maritime museum during the off-season and found it to be a wonderful experience. The employees were helpful and pleasant. The main building housed a nice gift shop and interesting exhibits. All the out buildings, however, were a bonus. The exhibits provided a comprehensive look at rigors of life for those involved in ship building.

Thank kad2pa
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We visited on a quiet day in December when most of the buildings were closed but it was still a very impressive visit. Be sure and watch the introductory film and get out and walk around on the grounds, all the buildings are interesting, even in the winter with nobody inside. I can just imagine what they are like when... More 

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This place has an amazing collection of old sailing pieces, plus a very interesting section on the lobster industry, including how to make a good lobster roll (not too much mayonnaise). It is open all year round which is great for those of us who travel in the off season. It is very well laid out, and the staff are... More 

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Elma, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The staff makes this even more interesting. Many things were closed because of the time of year but we were glad we did visit. Awesome art display while we were there. Very pretty setting. The "lobster display" was very informative. We knew it was hard - dangerous work but this really portrayed a day in the life of a lobster... More 

Thank Sandpiper14086
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

This is a great museum. The staff is very helpful and friendly. You could could easily spend 4 hours here.

Thank Lorrinda K
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I learned so much whilst on my visit about the incredible wooden ships built here in days gone by. So much to see at the Museum, but I also opted for the one hour boat trip out to the lighthouses and back to the Bath Iron Works Shipyard. Really great staff on the boat and so knowledgeable. If you are... More 

Thank Yorkie1948
Liverpool, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Interesting museum with inside and outside exhibits based on the old ship building site its based on. Well worth taking the hour trip on the cruise boat which shows some river lighthouses as well as passing by the Bath Iron Works where naval shipbuilding goes on to this day.

Thank Childwall56
Show Low, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My husband and I were never big fans of the beach of the West Coast. But when we visited this museum, we gained a new appreciation for those who made their life on the sea, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are several buildings to visit here, all of then authentic except the blacksmith's shop, which burned down... More 

Thank Candace M
Westerville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My wife was most interested in the Maine Maritime Museum and I was most interested in the "tour" of the Bath Iron Works that you could take from the Maritime Museum. Well, turns out the the Maritime Museum was excellent and I'm really glad that we visited this attraction. The main building has some great maritime exhibits and history of... More 

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MaineMaritime, Public Relations Manager at Maine Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Good morning! Unfortunately, due to security restrictions Bath Iron Works does not allow public tours to enter the shipyard. While the trolley does not enter the shipyard, our BIW exhibit, exclusive video, and on-board tour guide provide the most comprehensive Bath Iron Works experience available. We hope you enjoyed your visit to our 20-acre campus, and please let us know... More 

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