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Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-0470
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Ranked #12 of 26 Attractions in Gloucester
Type: Specialty Museums
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

It is worth a visit with young kids, they are able to learn and hold some of the sea life that is found locally. The staff is great, friendly and informative. They also offer other activities and drop in classes. My grandchildren ages 3 and 5 love it.

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Smithsburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

On Harbor Loop, there's a little maritime discovery center. Got to hold Lobster, Hermit crabs, spider crab, and best of all starfish and sea urchin. Really neat for the kids. They loved it!

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Boston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The museum had some interesting facts and a small hands on aquarium. Nothing sensational but worth a quick stop.

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Saranac Lake, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Great hands on fun with able to touch a live skeet, starfish, sand dollar, among others. They also saw and tried to identify different types of live plankton they made slides for and looked at on computer screens. The educators were informative and great with all ages of children. It is a small but fun museum and well worth it.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We learned so much of the maritime history of this town and area during our visit to this heritage center.

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Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My sister and I arrived before the season began. The door of Maritime Gloucester was ajar, but they hadn't really opened yet. Nevertheless, the friendly staff who were there let us come in and wander around looking at the exhibits and informative maps. They really educated me on fishing not just out of Gloucester, but throughout the various fishing grounds... More

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Gloucester, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The mini aquarium provides a lot of amusement for kids 7 and under. The center hosts a number of great lectures for adults and offers a number of camps for kids during school breaks. A local gem.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The staff is really nice and are very interested in there job, they are always happy. Theres amazing views and always wild life around or in there aquamarine

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Although initially impressed with the information about the Stellwagen Bank, fisheries and whaling, the aquarium portion on the lower level was in dreadful condition. The tanks are so cloudy that there is no hope of seeing any creature within, if there are any! If this part of the Center cannot be maintained it should be closed to the public as... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Initially I was a bit underwhelmed by the scale and appearance but I am so glad I went. The "whales" part of the exhibition was educative and interesting. A great intro for anyone hoping to catch a whale watching trip from the area. Interactive but not gimmicky and cleary well informed. The top floor has a lot of great stuff... More

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