Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath: Hours, Address, Maine Maritime Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Maine Maritime Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in historic Bath, Maine, and open year round. May through October, visitors can enjoy one of our daily lighthouse cruises or saiI on the historic 1906 schooner Mary E. Our BIW Story tour provides an exclusive look at modern-day shipbuilding. Indoors, visitors enjoy air-conditioned galleries with exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Outdoors, visitors can join a guided tour of the historic Percy & Small Shipyard, learn about lobstering, enjoy lunch under the sculpture of the schooner Wyoming (the largest wooden sailing vessel built in North America), see a blacksmith at work in his shop, watch wooden boats being built in the Boatshop, or play on a pirate ship. There's so much to see, admission is good for tow days. See why USA Today named Maine Maritime Museum the best museum in Maine!
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mpd
Boston, MA1,006 contributions
Family fare!
Oct 2021
Love this place. Something of interest for all ages. User friendly approach to boat building. Beautiful grounds.
Written October 16, 2021
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tedkirby
Lexington, MA542 contributions
Informative museum
Oct 2021
This museum had a lot of interesting information about Maine's maritime history (hence it's name!) I especially found interesting the parts talking about shipwrecks in the area, and Bath's contributions to building ships to the US military. For instance, I believe they said during WWII, one out of four US destroyers was built here! There was also info on the current Bath Iron Works, which is still building ships for the Navy.

Outside the main Museum, there is lots of space to walk around, and some smaller exhibits, including one about fishing for lobsters, along with beautiful views of the Kennebec River. Outside there is also a stand to get food, and it was good.
Written October 16, 2021
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Alison L S
Springfield, MA733 contributions
Excellent Museum of the Age of Sail
Sep 2021
The museum is located at the site of the shipyard where the largest wooden tall ship (the Wyoming, 450') was built in North America in 1909. A full scale outdoor sculpture demonstrates how huge the ship was. The museum is full of memorabilia and photos from the age of sail. We found the pennants of the various shipbuilders very evocative of the era and the personalities of the time. The Percy and Small shipyard was a "soup to nuts" operation and all the outbuildings of the many craftsmen involved in building a wooden ship except the blacksmith shop are preserved here, showing how each step was done. We took an excellent outdoor docent led tour around the outbuildings and Wyoming sculpture. Also the Shipyards and Lighthouses boat tour, which was very pretty and included lots of info on the modern day naval ship construction at Bath Iron Works. Much more we didn't have time for....
Written October 11, 2021
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riny
New England1,007 contributions
Boat Tour
Sep 2021
Boat Tour
The museum had some interesting stuff about the history of Bath and the ship building industry, but the "Merrymeeting boat tour" was the best part of the visit. In addition to a tour of the harbor with lighthouses and sights, the tour of the shipyard was great. You could see all the ships from the river – very impressive.
Written October 11, 2021
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Rooindie
Farmington, CT915 contributions
interesting
Oct 2021
Lots to see. We are usually on the quicker side at museums, and we took nearly 2 hours. A word of caution, they start closing the outdoor areas about 30 minutes before the museum actually closes, so plan accordingly. Lots of walking on uneven ground and stairs. The Wyoming sculpture is pretty cool.
Written October 4, 2021
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Immy B
New York City, NY5 contributions
Fountain of Information
Sep 2021
We enjoyed the exhibits as well as the various buildings to learn more about shipbuilding in the from the late 19th-20th century.
Written October 3, 2021
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josephyoung50
Westfield, NJ63 contributions
Excellent Museum
Sep 2021
Great Museum in Bath along. the Kennebec River. Site of one of the great wooden ship building factories on the east coast.

Very large outdoor space along the river with lots of outbuildings you can see.
Very well done historical chronology of ship building in America. A lovely way to spend a few hours on a nice day. They also have a boat tour you can take along the river.
Written September 21, 2021
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LBlank-SalinasCA
Salinas, CA210 contributions
Shipbuilding in Bath
Sep 2021
Being from the West Coast, we had little advance information about the Maine Maritime Museum, tucked in along the Kennebec River just beyond BIW (Bath Iron Works, which builds modern destroyers for the US Navy). We had an incredible 4+ hour visit to the museum, which included a narrated tour and history of wooden shipbuilding in Bath, construction of the world's longest wooden sailing schooner (Wyoming), multiple exhibits throughout the museum, and a narrated cruise down and up the Kennebec River. Well done throughout!
Written September 20, 2021
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Intrepid411
Connecticut162 contributions
Great Way To Spend A Few Hours
Sep 2021 • Family
Took the short 1 hour boat tour which was well narrated and scenic with three lighthouses. Granddaughter loved going under the bridges. Museum itself was well laid out and informative. Good introduction into the early wooden marine industry.
Written September 15, 2021
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BarbaraB8
Bradenton, FL36 contributions
Excellent Museum
Sep 2021
We spent an afternoon at the Maine Maritime Museum and I enjoyed it very much. There is a variety of areas of interest, from the history shipwrecks to lobstering and ship architecture. If you have any interest in maritime history, you too will find it a great place to visit.
Written September 10, 2021
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Maine Maritime Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM