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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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I'm Not a Sailor, But I Really Liked This Place

This museum is about Maine shipbuilding and maritime life. One interesting exhibit -- the museum is built around this -- tells of the building of the largest wooden schooner ever... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This museum is about Maine shipbuilding and maritime life. One interesting exhibit -- the museum is built around this -- tells of the building of the largest wooden schooner ever built. There's even an actual-sized representation of The Wyoming on the grounds -- all six masts and 450 feet from job to stern -- and all is explained in a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Very well done. Lots of history. Great for the kids. Nice outdoor area with lots to see. Historical homes and ship building facility. Kennebec River lighthouse cruise available.

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Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The remarkable achievement here is that the museum has managed to capture the authentic sprit of a remarkable group of craftsman and women who created some of the most impressive ships ever built during the early part of the 20th century. Be sure to take advantage of one of the river cruises if possible as well as the trolley tour... More 

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new hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Wonderful museum full of maritime history . We also do the Trolley Tour of Bath Iron Works. Loved seeing the Zumwalt Destroyer. Walking the grounds of the museum was interesting. The new lobster exhibit was very informative.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The short boat tour is an hour long or so. I took my first picture of a Maine lighthouse and generally enjoyed the descriptions of what we saw. The boat tour was short but interesting but that was appropriate because it was quite warm. To get the best views, I sat up on the bow but today was a HOT... More 

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We traveled to the Bath-Brunswick area in Maine for both work and play lately and just happened upon the Maine Maritime Museum. Absolutely the most interesting and beautiful museum of its kind. We spent two days there and still didn't see everything. We took the schooner building tour outside and our guide Bill was so great. He was so knowledgable... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a first class Maritime Museum, on a par with the best. The lead point of interest is that they have most of the original buildings from a real shipyard which have been preserved with exhibits added - just a couple of boats but it is unique to see one place where they were built and understand how. The... More 

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Bath, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

What a wonderful place. The exhibits are very well done and the mostly volunteer museum staff are friendly and helpful. The various buildings and walks around the grounds adds to the experience. This is not Busch Gardens or an exciting theme park for small children. If you are interested in history and culture of a bygone era, you will be... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Took the one-hour cruise and wished I taken the longer one. Dennis Youland's encyclopedic knowledge of BIW and the crew's commentary were awesome.

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is an interesting museum and shipyard. I think this place has the potential to be a really great experience, but they ultimately fall short of great and only make it to pretty good. We have visited a few times and have found similar results each visit. The main museum building is attractive and is chock full of exhibits. Many... More 

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Additional Information about Maine Maritime Museum

Address: 243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530
Phone Number: +1 207-443-1316
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Bath
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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