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“Well worth it...some lovely exhibits full of history” 5 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 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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.
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“Well worth it...some lovely exhibits full of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

i agree it was a lot more than I expected. coupled with a very nice 'standard' museum area, the site buildings preserve the functions of the big shipbuilding yard that once was here building the largest wooden schooners ever built in America. You see the size of the timbers, the amazing assembly techniques, and the antiquated but quite competent tools they had to use. The crowning glory in my opinion is the amazing steel sculpture? in the full size of those schooners...right on the slipway site where they were actually built. This was truly an impressive addition to this site and we will always remember it.

Visited May 2013
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“Far more intriguing than I expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

I expected to find some interesting history, see something about boating, and so forth. This site provided much more than I expected. The main building hosts exhibits on the history of shipbuilding, its role in commerce, and Maine's economy. Other buildings are restored from the Percy & Small shipbuilding company. They include the actual machines used and provide a fascinating look into the process. One building's description suggested that it was more fun activities geared toward younger children, so we passed on that. Do remember to include the Snow Squall, in the building east of the main center, to see actual remnants of the damaged and irreparable ship, reflecting some of the construction process from the other buildings.

Note that not all facilities will be open at all times; check ahead of time.

Visited May 2013
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“New masts for the Wyoming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Mid-May is a great time to visit Maine and a tour through the Maritime Museum will please those interested in Maritime history as well as the fact that it is sited on the Kennebec just down the Kennebec River from Bath Ironworks a proud ship builder carrying on the Bath traditions.
The main building contains several collections of paintings, materiel used in shipbuilding, and numerous beautiful models and photographs of boats and ships built in Bath that went around the world to a variety of ends. As others have noted in the summer great tours of the historic buildings can be seen as well as a variety of cruises around the area.
The latest activity is the addition of huge masts to the white steel model of the Wyoming that gives testimony to the value that Bath has to the world of shipbuilding. Tours of shipyard are also available ($27.00 on a trolley, no photographs or phone allowed for security reasons). They have an excellent gift shop.

Visited May 2013
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DGarrison, Public Relations Manager at Maine Maritime Museum, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Thanks for the kind words Peggy. I would like to explain to readers that the shipyard tour on the trolley that you mentioned is a tour of Bath Iron Works, the commercial shipyard just down the street that builds U.S. Navy destroyers, and not our historic shipyard. Guided tours of the historic shipyard are included with admission with no additional fee. Also to clarify, the $27 fee you quoted for the Bath Iron Works tour is the Museum member rate. The fee for nonmember adults is $35. For children under 17 its $17.
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“A local history lesson”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Visited in April, so not all exhibits were open yet, but we still came away with a greater understanding of the tremendous work ethic of the Bath shipbuilders. Informative displays, lovely grounds, helpful staff. It's well worth the visit.

Visited April 2013
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“BEST tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

absolutely the best on the east coast. The optional tour of Bath Iron Works and the operating museum is fantastick !

Visited April 2013
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