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Penobscot Marine Museum

Church Street at US Route 1, Searsport, ME 04974-0498
207-548-2529
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Ranked #2 of 6 attractions in Searsport
Type: Specialty Museums, Historic Sites
Owner description: Made up of 13 buildings, this seafaring village is the oldest maritime museum in Maine. The museum has a vast collection of boats including... more » Owner description: Made up of 13 buildings, this seafaring village is the oldest maritime museum in Maine. The museum has a vast collection of boats including commericial fishing boats and recreational watercraft. « less
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Warner, New Hampshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

First it was affordable for a family to visit the museum. I was amazed at all there was to see and there was hardly anyone there. There are several building on the property to see. The interpurters were excellent and had a firm grasp of the history. It was apparent each one enjoyed what she did. I highly encourage a... More

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Glendale, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Composed of several buildings each of which houses a different exhibit, there is something for everyone, including old-fashioned games, equipment, information, etc., etc. For example, the Captain's house with special exhibits, a boat house, sea battle topographic map, church, library, and much more. Definitely worth a visit.

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California
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141 reviews 141 reviews
32 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stopped here because a close friend's family is from this area and her family helped found this museum. It was really worth the stop. There are several buildings and an interesting gift shop/information area with helpful staff.

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Fishers, Indiana
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This is a fun little place in small town Maine. There are many buildings to go through on a self-guided tour. You can learn about men lost at sea, the lobster trade, boats, tour a sea captains house among many other exhibits. There are some great exhibits for children here as well.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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105 reviews 105 reviews
29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Went to Searsport just to visit this museum. Had an enjoyable visit that was unfortunately shortened by monsoon-like rain that kept us from really exploring the unexpectedly diverse buildings. However, we enjoyed the Nickels House where the docent was wise and knew her stuff! The exhibits focused on the historic industries of the Penobscot: lumber, granite, fishing. Additionally there was... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We stopped at this museum on our way north. We spent about 2 hours. You could take a little more or less time. It was a self guided tour, but there were people to talk to in different buildings. There is quite a collection including scrimshaw artifacts. Searsport looked like a nice town to walk down the sidewalks (even though... More

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Stratham, New Hampshire
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Not as well known as its more popular cousin in Bath, but in my opinion, equally fine. Built around a dozen homes on one street in Searsport, birthplace of 200 sea captains in the golden age of sail. One of the docents seemed to know the family history of each one of them. She grew up in a nearby town... More

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Belfast, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This small museum is in a coastal town with a huge history of seafaring and ship building. The museum collection consists of artifacts, paintings buildings and small craft, all well presented and interesting. It is a gem of a place. By visiting you can begin to grasp the enterprise and accomplishment that thrived on this quiet coast many years ago.

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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Excellent experience. There are several buildings depicting the past of the area. Interests for all ages. Do your self a favor and visit the Museums.

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Searsport, Maine
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

A must see if you're visiting the area. Informative, educational, interesting and an overall good experience. My family and I have been several times and they usually have a special exhibits

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