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Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

Address: 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone Number: (978) 281-0470
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Ranked #11 of 25 Attractions in Gloucester
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums

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Gloucester
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is a great stop to have a family adventure in and out of the Maritime Heritage Center. It is a learning center for all ages with touch tanks outside, schooners providing day sails, some let you board and observe. Lots of observation areas, fishing boats, Coast Guard station, famous landmarks close by and a Harbor Walk with historic markers... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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134 reviews 134 reviews
58 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This was a cool tour. The scenery around it was awesome. The tour guides were very informative. It was a beautiful boat. I wish we could have gone below deck though. The guide was very nice and offered to take pictures of us.

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Martins Creek, Pennsylvania
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81 reviews 81 reviews
30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Lots of history about fishing and the start of the Coast Guard. This is a must see when in the area.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great place to learn the fishing history of Gloucester. Lots of interactive and hands on experiences to choose from. Right on the docks so you can see the Schooners come and go.

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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274 reviews 274 reviews
248 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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