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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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Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks...

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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#1 Museum in Maine

If you only visit one museum during your Maine visit make sure it's this one. Was not on my itinerary & stopped to kill some time. Not much into ships but this place was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you only visit one museum during your Maine visit make sure it's this one. Was not on my itinerary & stopped to kill some time. Not much into ships but this place was WONDERFUL. History of the ship building and the people who built them. Loved the photo gallery of people doing their jobs. There is a separate building... More 

Thank Woodsylady
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We've been going to Popham Beach for 8 years and always wanted to hit up the museum but never found the time. We had nice-ish weather and finally made a reservation to do the Lighthouse Tour. Took about an hour to tour the grounds and museum first (love the tugboat capn's quarters!), then hopped on the boat with some very... More 

Thank KathyKitty
Harpswell, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Always interesting for history buffs and all. Interesting displays and great tour guides. The boat ride is great.

Thank Wilma S
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We had some time on our hands while in Bath so we visited the Maine Maritime museum. We found it very informative. They had many displays from sailing ships to how to catch and eat lobster. Several buildings on the property took you to places where there was informative displays on all kinds of maritime and other interest. We also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

The staff is very friendly. The staff is very helpful at orientating their visitors about what is at this facility. It is set up so visitors can go through at whatever pace they want. The signage gives enough information so that visitors learn a bunch of stuff without feeling overwhelmed. I think kids would find it interesting as well.

1 Thank Andrew B
Rosenberg, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

My husband and I traveled to Maine for the first time in October 2015 and the museum was on our list of things to do. It was a great experience and we greatly enjoyed the river lighthouse tour and highly recommend it to anyone visiting the museum. We appreciated the hospitality of the ladies in the gift shop and the... More 

1 Thank Cheryl S
Bryantville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We were last at the Maine Maritime Museum 20+ years ago. We loved it then and it has only gotten bigger and better. It is the sort of place that you will have to come to with at least a love of the ships and sea, but then why else would you go there? It is the site of an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Nice professionally presented displays on the history of Maine ship building. It is built on the site of 3 former shipyards. Good for a couple hours. There are many historic building scattered around the grounds - which are unheated - dress warmly in cold weather for these.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

Loved it! Interesting, varied exhibits and buildings. Small cafe had the best lobster roll and chowdah!

1 Thank Christine Wenge... H
Bath, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

If you are interested in learning more about the maritime history of Bath, Maine, this is the museum for you!

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