Kittery Historical & Naval Museum
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Kittery Historical & Naval Museum

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Wander through Kittery's past as you browse our exhibits, from colonial times to grand hotels, shipbuilding and lighthouses, up to the present day. Join us for community events, year-round. Open seasonally April - November, and by appointment in the winter. See our website for more information and hours. Find out what makes Kittery special... at the Museum!
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH10,188 contributions
Sep 2021
One Sunday afternoon in Kittery, I revisited the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum.

Admission for AAA members was $5.00. For other adults, admission was $7.00.

Included in the price of admission was a guide to the 2021 exhibits and a nice pamphlet titled A Brief History of Kittery, Maine ~ 16 pages cover to cover. It had information on the Colonial Period, shipbuilding in the Age of Sail, vacationers in the Gilded Age, the Modern Era of the 1900’s in which Route US-1 was developed, and Kittery Today.

Near the admissions desk was a mannequin of Sir William Pepperrell, one of Kittery’s foremost citizens who is best known for organizing, financing, and leading the 1745 expedition during King George's War to capture the French fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton. The mannequin was dressed in a replica of the red uniform he wore when he posed for the portrait that hangs nearby on the wall.

Next, I went directly to the room where a 25-minute video about Kittery’s history played continuously. It covered everything from the Colonial Period to contemporary times. I thought the video was well-done.

The museum had lots of models of famous ships, such as USS Constitution and Ranger, the John Paul Jones sloop. I spent a good amount of time admiring those.

I also liked the Marshall-Garrison House which was in the back room. It was a garrison farmhouse built in colonial times for protection against attacks.

Near the Garrison House was a diorama of two Native Americans of the Wabanaki Confederacy visiting with an English settler. One is dressed the way they did before they met Europeans; the other is dressed in European-influenced clothes that included a cloth shirt.

There were several uniforms in the collection. One was from USS Constitution.

In all, I spent nearly two hours there. I noticed that others were spending a lot of time there, too. And, no wonder; there’s a lot to see.

Granted it was a number of years ago, but I was amazed at the number of acquisitions and donations of items since my last visit. The collection of artifacts has more than doubled.

Since it’s not on a main road and not a large building, I’ll call it a hidden gem.

My rating of the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum is 4.50 and I highly recommend a visit to history fans.

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Written October 30, 2021
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Cutter26
20 contributions
Nov 2018
If you have any interest in maritime, sailing or just want to know a little about the rich history of the waterways and how New England played a part in our history then this is a stop you must make while in the area.
Written September 5, 2019
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Thank you for visiting the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum!
Written September 6, 2019
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JanCee
Palm Beach, FL79 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
I thought this was very well organized and covered both the colonial period history and the naval history of the area...It is not overwhelming and a fun excursion in a great location.
Written June 11, 2018
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Thank you for visiting the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum. We are so glad you enjoyed it.
Written June 12, 2018
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Andrew B
Somerville, MA1,033 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
The KHMM does a good job of presenting the history of Kittery and York county. The artifacts are interesting. The staff is professional, helpful and friendly.
Written July 24, 2022
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mommatothree_92
Centralia, IL23 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Neat museum full of history. You get to walk through an actual submarine!! Gives you a sense of what life was like for the crew.
Written June 16, 2022
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Tricia J
1 contribution
Jun 2020 • Couples
Wonderful historical spot! Worth the visit when you're around kittery. Lots of fun for families and couples
Written May 28, 2021
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Amb
11 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Pretty cool place if your looking for something different to do with the family, well worth the trip
Written August 12, 2020
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Steve B
Columbia, IL44 contributions
Oct 2019
We stopped by the museum as a spur of the moment stop. We ended up staying more than an hour. There is so much to see and so much to read in the museum, an hour didn't do it justice. The history contained here is amazing.. I especially appreciated the 'Thresher" wall and all the information contained there.
Written November 4, 2019
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Thank you for visiting the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum.
Written November 5, 2019
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woelfldj
Hamburg, NY3 contributions
Oct 2019
A great way to learn about the local maritime history of Maine. In addition to the maritime history, there was a recreated room of what is was like to live in early Maine. We really enjoyed our time there...
Written November 4, 2019
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Thank you for visiting the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum.
Written November 5, 2019
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TouringTwoTimers
Toms River, NJ315 contributions
Aug 2019
From the outside this appears to be a small, simple place but once inside you realize that it is quite extensive with a large selection of well-displayed items and exhibits. It is nicely kept and very clean and it covers many aspects of the Naval Yard, the manufacture of submarines during WWII, as well as covering much history of the area. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and extremely well informed. We felt that the price of admission was more than reasonable for the two hours we spent meandering through this museum.
Written August 11, 2019
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Kittery Historical & Naval Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


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