The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine is dedicated to keeping the memory of the Maine shipbuilding business alive. The exhibits are scattered about a large campus and include a historic house, a working boat shop, historic boat collection, shipyard sheds and buildings, a series of galleries in the large visitor center, and the fishing schooner 'Sherman Zwicker'. Exhibits are interesting and in good condition.
The collection is vast and of very high quality. Labeling varies from good to below average. Some of the staff is very helpful, and others aloof and disinterested, particularly at the main ticket desk. The staff on the schooner 'Sherman Zwicker' on the other hand, were great and spent a great amount of energy making sure everybody understood the layout and purpose of various parts of this fishing boat. I really enjoyed this portion of my visit.
One of the buildings, the Donnell House, wasn't open on the day of my visit, though it was scheduled to be available to visitors. I inquired twice and went to the door three times. The staff at the front desk insisted that it was open and greeted inquiries regarding same with disbelief. I found this disappointing as did other visitors who tried to gain access when I did.
So it goes. Overall, a visit to this museum is a positive experience. For the most part, the experience is self-guided and there is a lot to read. I enjoyed myself and recommend a visit here.
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