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Penobscot Marine Museum

Church Street at US Route 1, Searsport, ME 04974-0498
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Searsport
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

They have many building as part of the museum to explain the local maritime culture and experiences of day to day life in the area.

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Palm Harbor, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Penobscot Marine Museum - local museum depicting life in the 19th century. Consists of several buildings, including a sea captain’s house, a church, and numerous out buildings with old boat collections. Informative but not much to see compare dot others such as the one in Bath. May be more for education of kids as it was a bit on the... More

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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