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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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Minnesota
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78 reviews 78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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87 reviews 87 reviews
47 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 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

Hillsborough, North Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) does a great job in showing the history of the contributions of Maine shipbuilders and seafarers have made to America. The exhibits are well presented and dispersed over several buildings in a beautiful setting along the Kennebunk River in Bath, Maine. There are exhibits of all aspects of shipbuilding (mostly wooden ships), including rope making,... More

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

Thank you for visiting MMM and for taking the time to post a review. We're pleased you enjoyed yourself at the museum and hope you'll return again the next time you're in Maine. We have some exciting new exhibits on the horizon. More

The Villages, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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

Thanks for your review and we're pleased you enjoyed your visit. More

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

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 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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