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Maine Maritime Museum

243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530
+1 207-443-1316
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Ranked #1 of 17 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), 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. « less
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Boston
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

It was a great museum with fantastic displays. The docents were very knowledgeable. All the staff were most helpful and so friendly. It is not a place you can breeze in and out of. There is a lot to see and experience. The outside tours were the best! I got a real education on schooners!

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San Antonio, Texas
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11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The museum is very informative. We were not able to take the tour(s), and that would have made it even more interesting. We had only planned on two hours and needed much more. The museum volunteers are very friendly and take the time to help you. We will do the Bath Iron Works next time.

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Durham, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Disclosure: My wife and I read every display-case placard and, if the museum is good (and this one is!), try to take advantage of every tour available. So when we stopped in last fall en route home through Boston, we only could spend a couple of hours at the museum. That was inside. This year, we planned a full day's... More

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New York City, New York
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109 reviews 109 reviews
13 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The boat tour of lighthouses and the shipyards is not to be missed. We had spectacular weather! In the museum grounds, we particularly enjoyed the tour of the founders' home.

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Boone, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Educational and informative! The museum volunteers are friendly and eager to help you get the most out of your visit. Don't forget to take the Bath Iron Works tour while you are there.

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

Thanks for the positive review and for the Bath Iron Works Story recommencation. Glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you stop in the next time you're in Maine. More

Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Then I couldn't get him out of there! Great great gem of a museum. Go on one of the boat tours while you are there. Great deal and really interesting.

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

Glad you convinced him to visit. It's usually the husbands who have to convince their wives that it'll be worthwhile - and they end up staying hours, taking it all in. You were wise in taking the boat cruise, which includes admission. It is a great value. Thanks for the nice review and hope you visit us when you're in... More

Morristown, VT
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Decided to take a quick look at the museum today. Stayed 5 hours and enjoyed ourselves. Took the trolley ride to the Bath Iron Works..Informative. Because it was such a beautiful day, we also took the hour long river cruise. Being out on the water was lovely. The added perk is the food place on site so we could grab... More

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

Glad you had a good time. Actually, visitor reviews say the kids enjoy the museum too! More

Leland, North Carolina
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Did not have as much time as we wished to visit the museum, but really enjoyed the time spent. Outside exhibits very informative with visual aids to get a sense of what is involved in building a massive wooden vessel. The inside exhibits were interesting as well with beautiful models and pictures.

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

Thanks for your review and hope you can plan a return trip to see what you missed. By the way, a new updated and more interactive lobstering exhibit opens next year - a good reason to visit. More

Las Vegas, Nevada
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312 reviews 312 reviews
162 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Super museum, loaded with history of ship building. We took the harbor tour, well worth it. We got up close and personal to the navy's newest soon to be on line, USS Zumwalt 1000 stealth destroyer. They are building "3" destroyers at the same time, really unique views. If you like naval history go! See the mock up of the... More

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

We think you're pretty fabulous too. It's especially meaningful to hear those words from someone who lives in Las Vegas - a place known for its fabulous-ness. Hope to see you again soon. More

Bath, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Visited with a friend and my young daughter. Lots of very interesting facts about local marine history and wonderful photos. Nice dioramas of scenes from the past, lots of places for my daughter to be "hands on" without worrying about breakage. Pretending to be a tugboat captain with a wonderful horn, movies in a mini theatre, a bunk area like... More

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

Thank you for the review. We're so happy your daughter enjoyed her visit as well. More

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