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Maine Maritime Museum

243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530
207 443 1316
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Ranked #1 of 15 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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The Villages, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We've been to a few maritime museums (including St. Michaels, MD), and this is one of the best. So much of our deep water maritime history originated in Bath, and this facility brings it back to us. The museum grounds are (one of?) the oldest shipyards in Bath, which built many of the multi-masted ocean going ships. Most of the... More

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Farmville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Nice museum, interesting history and buildings from late 1800s 1900s. Combination tickets are reasonable. Enjoyed the boat ride and history story of Iron Works. This was all something different. Museum and dioramas were well done too. Actually the food was pretty good too.

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Montgomery, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We took the 1 hour long river cruise and had we had more time would have taken one of the longer cruises. It's a good way to see and learn about the history of ship building and the area in general. If you take one of the cruise, admission to the museum is included. If

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Sydney, Australia
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307 attraction reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I'm glad I visited. The museum is well curated. However, the highlight was the river cruise. It's good to get out and experience the water to make the exhibits more relevant to you.

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Echternacherbrueck, Germany
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126 reviews 126 reviews
9 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I am a lover of history. This museum is full of well presented exhibits. But.... the volunteers give this place a spirit of welcoming. It is a nice facility staffed by wonderful individuals. Even if you are not a nautical buff, you will learn something. There is so much, so well presented, a well done to all involved. The volunteers... More

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DGarrison, Public Relations Manager at Maine Maritime Museum, responded to this review
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Vielen Dank für die freundlichen Worte. Wir freuen uns auf Ihren nächsten Besuch. More

San Antonio, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We took the tour of the museum that included an informative film and a trolley ride narrated by a long time employee of Bath Iron Works. Our tour guide was open to many varied questions and listening to him was very interesting. We took time to visit the museum and several buildings on the grounds also. We spent at least... More

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

Thank you for visiting the museum and for taking the time to comment about it on TripAdvisor. Our docents and volunteers are so special. They love telling the story of this incredible place in our country's history. We love Texas too. Hope you can visit again soon. More

Kvil
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Bath and Phippsburg are noted as the City of Ships because back as far as the 1700s tall ships and currently military vessels are made there

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Garnerville, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The museum in side would be of interest to people interesting in ship building or engineering, but come on outside there's much more to see! Don't miss the demonstration on how to put the boat in the water. My trip to the christening of a boat left me wondering how this was done. Cyrus did a wonderful job with the... More

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

We're glad you had a good time at MMM and took the time to post your comments. Many people enjoy the ship launching demo and all the younger kids love the pirate play ship. By the way, plans are underway for an exciting update of the Lobstering in Maine exhibit, which was completed in the mid 1990s. Completion is expected... More

houston, texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Superb museum - the past incredibly influences Maine's present and this museum gives you the whys and hows of that influence. It is beautifully curated and presented in a luring fashion. Not dry at all - kids will love it. The museum store is incredible with a books galore - well organized and ranged with everything from cookbooks to maritime... More

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

Thanks for your very favorable comments. We're always inspired when a visitor captures so much of the story that is MMM. I'll pass along your comments to the Museum Store manager. She does a great job, especially in the books section. Please stop in again when you're in this neck of the woods. More

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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99 reviews 99 reviews
40 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Great for families or any one that's wants to learn history. Make sure you catch the tour. Plan on spending some time. It is not designed for people in a rush. My daughter and I was there 18 yrs ago and it just got bigger and better.

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

Duane, Thanks for the kind words. We particularly like the "gotten better" comment. We certainly encourage visitors to take the free guided tour of the shipyard as well. It certainly puts a lot of what's here in perspective. Hope you don't wait another 18 years to visit again. More

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