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“Many Bldgs, large campus, kids area” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530
+1 207-443-1316
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Bath
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine. Indoors, visitors enjoy air-conditioned galleries with exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Outdoors, visitors can join a guided tour or stroll through the historic Percy & Small shipyard and see how many of the world's largest wooden sailing ships were built, learn about lobstering in the Maine Coast and Lobstering Exhibit, enjoy lunch under the towering sculpture of the schooner Wyoming (the largest wooden sailing vessel built in North America), watch wooden boats being built in the Museum boat ship, or play on a pirate ship. Seasonally, visitors can get the best view of the area's lighthouses and spectacular scenery on daily cruise boats, learn the story of Bath Iron Works from shipyard insiders who then guide a windshield tour of views of the shipyard, and tour the Victorian-era home of the Donnel shipbuilding family.
Glenville, North Carolina
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“Many Bldgs, large campus, kids area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Admission is good for two visits within seven days. Tickets for 1 hr river cruise include museum admission. Several buildings, museum, plus access to docked active schooner, places to take a break, get a bite. Good history of Bath ship making, several dioramas. Well stocked gift shop. Still adding exhibits. Free guided tour once a day. Very pleasant site right on the water, outdoor wedding was held on the grounds the day we were there.

Visited September 2012
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Hampden, Maine
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“plan on two days”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We didn't plan an all day visit and did we ever make a mistake. As maritime aficionados we definitely need two days to absorb all the material contained in and around the museum. We are already planning for the sequel.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Totally worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

This is a beautiful smallish museum about the regions's maritime history, with plenty of interest for all ages. There is also a fabulous outdoor area with a really informative building devoted to lobster fishing, a ship to visit, and much more.

Visited August 2012
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“Amazing Step Back In Time to Wooden Ship Building!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

The grounds & setting near water of the actual ship building area make the Maine Maritime Museum so very realistic & add to its charm & history. It is truly a step back in time to an era where men actually built these HUGE wooden sailing vessels without the use of modern tools.or equipment! So very hard to believe they could do this! If you take time to read, listen, & look at the displays & photographs of these stoic men, one wonders if any man today could do what these ship builders did in their time. I loved the photographs that were displayed of the shipbuilder's wearing suits! Their vintage tools & diagrams were shown - a first class education in a time that is no more! Boats to climb into &n lots to see - a true learning experience for all ages! If you go to Bath, do not miss this museum!

Visited October 2011
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Bath, Maine
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“Great historical experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

The Maine Maritime Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The exhibits have been better every year. Maritime history is a fundamental aspect of this part of the world where shipbuilding began in the early 17th century. Not only are there exhibits, paintings, and a gift shop, there is also a ship for children and adults to walk through, a demonstration of the former boat launch at the Bath Iron Works, and other such hands on experiences. I strongly recommend this for all ages.

Visited August 2012
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