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Address: Bath, ME
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This complex builds destroyers for the U.S. Navy.

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Very well done, lots of artifacts and bonefied information.

We have been to lots of museums and exhibits. This one rates in the top 5 nationally. It is not the largest we have seen and it focuses only on maritime history, but definitely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2016
Charles S
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Mint Hill
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Mint Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

We have been to lots of museums and exhibits. This one rates in the top 5 nationally. It is not the largest we have seen and it focuses only on maritime history, but definitely well worth the time. It includes a boat excursion, historical buildings and the museum. I had no idea it was a naval shipyard that has played... More 

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South Durham, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

You don'the really have to bee inside the Bath Iron Works shipyard to be awed by its activity. A casual trip into the beautiful riverside community of Bath, Maine reveals an instant snapshot of the U.S. Navy's newest weapon system, the Zumwalt, DDG 1000. This ship defies convention and it is a wonder to see. DON'T MISS IT!

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Victoria, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Great place to visit to learn about historical shipbuilding. It has a great museum and is well worth a few hours.

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Middletown, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We first visited the Maritime Museum, which was interesting - a good way to spend a rainy afternoon in Maine. We signed up to do the Bath Ironworks Trolley Tour. It was somewhat interesting, but a little bland. We had two teenagers with us, who found it rather boring. I would recommend the Maritime Museum, but skip the Iron Works... More 

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This place is HUGE!!! They have been building ships here forever! Right now they are building a Destroyer for the Navy. If you drive down the street to the side of the building you can see inside a huge building and see sections of the ship being put together. Go to the bridge over the water there and you can... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Loved visiting the Bath Iron Works. I found the film and tour (given by a former employee) to be fun and informative. I was disappointed the tour is no longer allowed inside the factory grounds but I would highly recommend a visit to the Maritime Museum and BIW to anyone!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I never thought I'd enjoy this…. We went because we were in Bath and it felt silly not to check it out. We lucked out. Guidebooks said that you need to book way in advance. We got them the day before our tour through the Maine Maritime Museum. Was fascinating. The guide was someone who had worked at the BIW... More 

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Grand Blanc, Mi
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I am a ship enthusiast and generally love tours, but I would advise against this one. You can no longer go "inside", so everything seen from the trolley can be seen from a half mile walk along the facility fence and Kennebec River bridge. The other component of the tour is a 30 minute video from the Iron Works marketing... More 

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Suffern, New York, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is a wonderful one hour trolley tour of a great USA production factory. They take you to every area of the factory- and you can see all the various destroyers in production. Tour guide Dennis was outstanding. Great piece of American History- dont miss it!

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Townville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The tour is trolley based and lasts about an hour. The guide is a volunteer - usually a retired worker from the Bath Iron Works. It is informative and interesting. The tour usually sells out so booking in advance is recommended. No cameras or phones allowed on the tour. Not sure why as you can see nearly as much from... More 

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