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Maine Maritime Museum

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Address: 243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530
Phone Number: +1 207-443-1316
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the...
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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In one day you can see how both wooden sailing ships & modern Navl destroyers built

There is a lot to see here. The main building has relatively traditional exhibits on Maine's maritime history. The unique and wonderful part of the museum is the preserved boat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Acton, Massachusetts, United States

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Acton, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

There is a lot to see here. The main building has relatively traditional exhibits on Maine's maritime history. The unique and wonderful part of the museum is the preserved boat yard where you can see how wooden ships were built from "lofting" the hull on a large floor using scale models and scaling up to the caulking shed where you... More 

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Wallkill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

A very well put together museum that tells the story of Bath and New England maritime history. There are indoor and outdoor displays with an ample staff of very knowledgeable docents. The ticket is good for two days which is needed if you want to do in depth study of all they have to offer. Highly recommend this attraction.

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We took the 6 lighthouse river cruise and was great. Definitely would do this again. Well worth the money.

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Winchester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Must stop for anyone on an extended visit to the Maine coast. Beautiful museum set right on the river. Displays are spread across the main building and many outbuildings. Educational and fun for adults as well as children.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

We stopped by the Maritime Museum on our way from Portland to Boothbay Harbor. It's a large facility on the site of an old ship yard. The exhibits are very well done and you could spend quite a bit of time. In addition to the museum, we took the tour of Bath Iron Works. It's not really a tour of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

This museum is unique in that what you see is what was left when the owners closed the shop, exactly as it was back in the day. The museum with the artifacts of old ships and pieces and history is truly amazing. The Kennebec River tour with seven lighthouses is just wonderful, probably the best tour we did during our... More 

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Maine Maritime Museum is a must see museum. Our guide, Phil, brought the museum to life with his stories of the local history and how old wooden sailing schooners were built. The Museum is really a "campus" of old buildings highlight every facet of old sodden ship building as well as the Lobster Business. There is also available a... More 

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is a wonderful museum to visit for the day. I didn't find the lighthouse boat tour that great. Very informative though. The trolley tour of the Iron Works did not go into the Bath Iron Works. I wished I had know that before I paid for it. That was a disappointment.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We have visited maritime museums in several U.S. states and Canada and were completely charmed by this one. The indoor exhibits are interesting but nothing extraordinary. It's the outdoor buildings (former shipbuilding yard) that set this one apart. It's easy to navigate the grounds, based on information signs. We ended up spending longer than anticipated. What a delightful experience.

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Easthampton MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

To take advantage of the cruises and the museum grounds you should schedule about three hours. The museum is breathtaking in scope and historical in content. The history of "wood ships" is simply amazing when you add the actual hand work that was completed to make the ship seaworthy. Our Docent Cyrus Kirkpatrick was simply amazing. I got the feeling... More 

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