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Maine Maritime Museum

Address: 243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530
Phone Number: +1 207-443-1316
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, 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...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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), 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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Livonia, Michigan
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98 reviews 98 reviews
25 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The Maine Maritime Museum, formerly the Bath Marine Museum, offers exhibits about Maine's maritime heritage, culture and the role Maine has played in regional and global maritime activities. It is set on the former Percy and Small Shipyard and includes five original 19th century buildings, a Victorian-era shipyard owner's home and New England's largest sculpture - a full size representation... More 

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Bath, Maine, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

You don't want to miss taking in this museum when you are in the area. This is how a museum is supposed to be! Great informative exhibits.. helpful friendly staff.. beautiful building and grounds I never fail to learn something new each time! It eally doesn't have a lot to offer the youngest visitors.. for them it would be a... More 

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Being very much intereested in maritime history, I really enjoyed the exhibits. Most are a little static for kids but there is some really unique and well-presented stuff for buffs. And the views outside along the Kennebec River are beautiful. One exhibit that really stuck with me was one on "ghost ships." Disabled ships today can be sunk but wooden... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Designed with both the casual walk- through visitor and the serious scholar in mind. Era well-done. For me an hour was enough time, but one could spend hours there studying ship design and ship's logs, etc. The view of and information about the nearby General Dynamics shipyard was a plus. A negative: the walkway from the parking lot was a... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I don't know much about boats (being from an inland state), but I learned a lot at this museum and really had a good time. They had some beautiful artifacts; my favorites were the ship figureheads. It was very cold and a little icy when we visited, so the outdoor exhibits were closed. I was disappointed, but understand their concern... More 

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Portland, Maine
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371 reviews 371 reviews
46 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

If you live in Maine and can get to Bath...the Maine Maritime Museum is a truly amazing, fun, and educational experience. For young and old alike...something for everyone and at the same time a totally amazing learning experience. Anything and everything about Maine's seafaring history...from the fishing and lobstering industries...to the naval military of long ago to the present. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We went just after a thanksgiving snowstorm. The main yard (where you can see ship building and such) was closed. However, the main building collections were enough to keep us enthralled for several hours.

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Carrollton, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We visited here not really knowing what to expect. We were amazed by the grounds and history that we encountered! The size of the ships that were built there by hand was unbelievable. We toured the captains home and that was very interesting. It was worth the time to visit this gem of the north!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I had been to the Maine Maritime Museum many years ago when it was a fledgling museum in the 70's. I had enjoyed it then but had no idea it had grown to the size and collection it now displays. I had family visiting and we were looking for one more Maine thing to see before they returned home. We... More 

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Grandview, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a gotta if you are at all interested in serious history. Many maritime exhibits. YYou cannot help but learn a lot.

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