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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
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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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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Great history of Maine boatbuilding

The staff is friendly, the hours accommodating, the inside rooms are well done and informative. The outside buidlings of the old Percy and Small boatyards are a fascinating slice... read more

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff is friendly, the hours accommodating, the inside rooms are well done and informative. The outside buidlings of the old Percy and Small boatyards are a fascinating slice of history.

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Winchester, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Large indoor/outdoor, guide yourself museum. VERY informative. Plenty to see & do. Rather expensive admission. Two "senior" tickets, $29.00. Clean. Plenty of parking. My one problem was that we had spent 2.5 hours walking around & there was only one source of free drinking water. This fountain was out of order!

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Heard about a celebration at the Maritime Museum for the coming home of the Mary E. Stopped by on whim and found this to be a great stop on a Sunday drive around the Maine Coast. Would have been a great place to take our teenagers. Put this on your list of interesting places.

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Lambeg, null, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Packed with information and detail along with living history. Hours to go through it all.

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Thank Maeve M
western colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

The displays here are wonderful, inside and out. A visitor can find out everything about shp or boat building and the history of Maine boatbuilding. Fascinating and well thought out.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

This museum is as professionally presented as the Smithsonian. Allow a full day to see it all. It gives a wonderful look at the history of ship building- hundreds of years. This is probably not the best place for pre-schoolers. It would be best to take school age readers and up. There are inside and outside exhibits.

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Cranford, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We spent over an hour just looking at the postcard display - the history of postcards and a very nice collection. This museum is made up of individual buildings. There is a history of shipbuilding and navy men who were from the area. There is also an extensive art museum.

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Damariscotta, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

One of the best parts is the interactive display of lobstermen and their buoys - but the whole place is a wonderful surprise full of seacoast history and memorabilia. Worth a stop.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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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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.

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