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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 7 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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Northborough
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Lovingly created museum of maritime life in Maine. Museum is housed in several different buildings, each with a theme. We were able to visit only three of them in the time we had. We learned about the ships captains and their lives and families. Then we saw a nice display of maritime themed art. The last place we saw was... More

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University Park, MD
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This museum has more to offer than meets the eye as you pass through Searsport on your way to somewhere else. It is comprised of several authentic historical buildings and has something to intrigue everyone in your vehicle. There are marine artifacts that show how the area survived for a century or so, there is a ship captain's house filled... More

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Weymouth, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a great Maritime museum and well worth the $$ and the time! It is only open for certain months so you should check. You should expect to spend a couple hours or more if you're a Maritime artifacts lover. The people that are there to talk with do an admirable job, you'll learn. Great Kid interactive attractions. If... More

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The Villages, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Before the Civil War, little Searsport produced 10% of the nation's deep water ship captains. One successful voyage could make a man wealthy. Searsport shows the remains of this wealth, and the Penobscot Marine Museum shows us the people who did it and how they did it. Don't miss the chapel and the stained glass windows contributed by the leading... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Something for everyone-lots of hands on displays for children, art collections, sea captains furnished houses, artifacts, research library, history of Maine fishing industry, boats, lots of canoes. Stopped in the church to see magnificent stained glass windows and pipe organ. You get a sticker, so you can leave for lunch and then come back.

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Warner, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
18 helpful votes 18 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
46 helpful votes 46 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
40 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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