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Maine Maritime Museum

243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530
207 443 1316
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine. Indoors, visitors enjoy... more » Owner description: 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), tour the Victorian-era Donnell House, watch wooden boats being built in the Museum boat ship, or play on a pirate ship. Seasonal river cruises allow visitors the best view of the area’s lighthouses and spectacular scenery, tours of Bath Iron Works provide the only public behind-the-scenes view of naval shipbuilding in the U.S., and the Grand Banks fishing schooner Sherman Zwicker is open to visitors. « less
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Denton, Texas, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This museum has a lot to see, combine this with a lighthouse cruise or harbor cruise and you have a full day. Very friendly and helpful docents.

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Clinton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

A whole museum about wood ship-building in Maine? Sounds like yawn city, but the Maine Maritime Museum was anything but boring. We took the introductory guided tour and it set the framework for our visit so that we understood what we were seeing when we were on our own. It was fascinating to hear how the huge 6 masted schooners... More

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Raleigh, NC
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This has to be one of the best maritime museums. Be sure and take advantage of the guided tour. Our guide was excellent and really helped with the understanding of the scale of the ships and the skills, techniques and people involved in the shipbuilding. You should spend at least a couple of hours, more if you explore the details... More

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

We are pleased you discovered the museum and rate it so highly. In 2012 an international maritime magazine named MMM one of the 10 best maritime museums in the world. We were humbled to be listed among the amazing institutions in the list (only 3 U.S. musuems were named), but it certainly gave us incentive to keep our focus on... More

Katonah, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We visited on a rainy, miserable day. The main museum building had a fascinating display of shipping paraphernalia, ship materials, boats, etc... Very well done, interesting and informative. Despite the weather, we found ourselves eagerly exploring the museum's other buildings. The carpentry building gave you an great idea of the intensive labor and effort that goes into making a ship.... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review as well as for your favorable remarks. It's obvious you took the time to explore many of the fascinating exhibits that lie outside the galleries and the P&S Shipyard. We hope you can take the BIW Story tour on your next visit as you are absolutely right in... More

Minnesota
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I know it seems silly that I went to a museum that I had no interest in the theme. I had read reviews on here from people in the same situation but they really enjoyed it. I did not. But as you see, I am giving it a rating of 4. It's not the museum's fault that I do not... More

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

Thank you for recognizing the museum's qualities and giving it a good ranking. Of course, we can't understand your non-interest in ships. Hope you had the opportunity to visit some of Maine incredible art museums such as PMA and the Farnsworth. More

Starkville, Mississippi
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I didn't expect to see much here, but the museum has a lot to offer, with a wide range of exhibits both indoors and outdoors. I was amazed with the scale of the ships that were built, first, from wood and second, by hand with simple tools. There is a display outside illustrating just how big these ships were. Incredible!

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

We are so glad you chose to visit MMM during your trip to Maine and hope your travels bring you back our way soon. More

Northborough
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Well laid out, interesting exhibits, logically organized. Wonderful reminiscence of the wooden ship building industry. Volunteers are passionate about their topics and their enthusiasm is infectious.

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

Maggie, thank you for taking the time to review your visit. We're pleased you enjoy the museum and hope you choose to return soon. More

Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Boats and boating are not my thing. But we were in Bath and so…. What a pleasant surprise. The small museum is filled with fascinating and accessible exhibits but the real treat is the tour of the buildings left from when commercial sailing vessels were built there. I advise going with a guided tour. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and... More

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

It's always nice when someone is pleasantly surprised on their first visit. As you can image it happens all the time. Loved the comment "They nail it..." but shouldn't it be "They treenail it!"? Hope to see you again soon. More

Portland, Maine
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I did not go, but wife and 3 young children loved it. Were there over 2 hours. I understand it is small, but had activities for the children. Made some crafts. Got to touch sharks and other creatures.

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

Thanks for the favorable review, but we're unsure about which museum you wife and children actually visited. It all sounded like MMM, except for the small part (we have a 20 acre campus) until you got to the touching sharks and other creatures things. No sharks at MMM. More

Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My husband wanted to stop here. I was fairly unexcited since museums are not my thing, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a very enjoyable and interesting and I learned a lot. We only had a short period of time yet I came away wishing we could have spent more time here. Loved the stories told either by the... More

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

Dianna, thank you for the kind remarks and we're very pleased you enjoyed your visit. Hope you can visit again and next time have more time to take it all in. More

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