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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
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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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Carrollton, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
2 reviews
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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Boston, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Spent a very full afternoon here. You should too. Staff members extremely pleasant and helpful; are perfectly matched to a very worthwhile exposition of a significant part of New England history. Went to the museum in late Fall on an unusually warm day. Did everything. The museum proper: as others have noted, the exhibits have been laid out in a... More

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We spent a week in Maine and visited the museum twice because we ran out of time before we could see everything on the first visit. Prior to my visit, I knew very little about maritime history and really enjoyed the exhibits including the blacksmith shop. I especially liked the outside presentation regarding shipbuilding. We also took the BIW/lighthouse cruise... More

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Wentzville, Missouri
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

We went here primarily to take the lighthouse cruise/tour. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and we were unable to get the full tour. We did, however, see seals and bald Eagles along the way. The museum itself is great, although we were a little late in the season to see everything. We will return to check out the other... More

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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
39 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The Museum is well laid out with lots of pictures that have good descriptions of what you are seeing and the history of the item. The interior of the museum is a 'self-guided' tour with easy walking and well marked isles. You MUST take the outdoor tour with the guides to explain the procedure of the actual BUILDING of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Remarkable historic marine museum tracing the history of ship building in Maine from the earliest days to the present. From six masted brigs to modern US War Ships Bath has a long history of seafaring leadership. See all the history in the museum old buildings and be sure to take the river cruise to see the harbor ship building docks... More

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Palm Harbor, FL
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171 reviews 171 reviews
45 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Worth the trip. Great collection of artifacts of the ship building industry and the maritime history of Maine. Good exhibits, lots of interesting info, and good stories from the docents. Really nice gift shop. If you have any interest in nautical history or the days of sailing ships, you must visit this museum. Seniors discounts. Parking was easy but food... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
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11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

The museum is very interesting for anyone with an interest in Maine history, boat/ship building. It is well organized and with much to keep young people occupied as well. A beautiful location on the river and next to the famous Bath Iron Works.

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