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Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-0470
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Ranked #14 of 24 attractions in Gloucester
Type: Specialty Museums
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Gloucester, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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60 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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West Chester, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

Small aquarium that is hands on for the children. Lots of marine information. Enjoyed watching kids ages 12, 11, 9 and 3 touch and learn.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

It was not a beach day, so I took my grandchildren to the Heritage center at Harbor loop. To my surprise we had a great time. Even though it is small, it contains a lot of history about the fishing industry and the children loved the touch tanks. The guides were very knowledgeable about the area and answered the many... More

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West Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

It was interesting to see how fishing in Gloucester evolved and also cool to see how they teach visitors of the eco-systems that are found in the area. Kids (except my own) love the touch tanks. Great gift shop at the end with some great books and great souvenirs!! Kids under 4 are free!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

The Ardelle is a two-masted fishing schooner built by local boatbuilders as a community effort. It is a slightly smaller version of the historic schooners of the 19th century and is an interesting "living artifact". Fully equipped for modern safety requirements, it's a nice afternoon sail around the oldest seaport in America. And they have beer.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Went to a birthday party here was one of the best parties my child had ever been to, went back just for ourselves, love the touch tank.

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Topsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Pick a breezy day and go for a sail on Ardelle in the historic port of Gloucester. Nothing could be finer!

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