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Penobscot Marine Museum

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Address: 1 Church St, Searsport, ME 04974-3351
Phone Number: 207-548-2529

Made up of 13 buildings, this seafaring village is the oldest maritime...

Made up of 13 buildings, this seafaring village is the oldest maritime museum in Maine. The museum has a vast collection of boats including commericial fishing boats and recreational watercraft.

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Lots to explore in a small space

Hadn't been here in 30 years, and the focus has changed a bit. Plus it's much more comfortable to visit, with a modern visitor center and helpful staff and docents at every turn... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Savannah, GA
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Savannah, GA
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hadn't been here in 30 years, and the focus has changed a bit. Plus it's much more comfortable to visit, with a modern visitor center and helpful staff and docents at every turn. It used to be all about Clipper Ships (I have family connections to a couple of the sea captains who sailed Clipper Ships from here); now it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was a treat if you are interested in New England and local history. Belfast was a shipping town back when. There are very interesting displays in several of the buildings and docents to explain some things or to answer questions. We saw a wonderful historic picture postcard exhibit in the brick building. A company in Belfast made many picture... More 

Thank Judith W
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

My husband and I spent a very informative and pleasant afternoon in this museum,which deserves to be much better known. During its 80 years of existence, this private museum has developed a very comprehensive, attractive overview of maritime culture, including activities for children. The exhibits are well-designed, varied and very interesting, and the volunteer guides add greatly to the interpretation.... More 

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Stowe, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We took a rainy day trip to this wonderful place. There are quite a few buildings full of history about the Captains of Searsport, many great boats, and the best part was the history of the post cards that came from a Searsport company. Great for all ages!

Thank nobchi
South Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Several old buildings to visit with friendly and knowledgeable staff. As we have a seafaring connection going back to that time, it made it all the more interesting for us.

Thank foria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

This small museum turned out to be 10 buildings full of interesting, historical items. The displays are done well and feature historic architecture, paintings, photography, boats, ship models and scrimshaw. It requires a little walking to see it all, but worth it. We especially enjoyed the Eastman postcard exhibit on display this summer.

1 Thank Rowena H
Mocksville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

This museum in the tiny town of Searsport was on our list but I was expecting a one room type of deal. Instead it encompasses a whole series of historic buildings, beautiful artwork, old fishing boats and canoes, lots of pictures and knowledge staff discussing the history and people of what was at one time the home of the largest... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Nice little museum that gives the visitor a little understanding of the importance of the maritime trades along the coast of Maine. Terrific staff member went over the diorama of the Battle of Penobscot Bay during the Revolutionary War....I learned things I certainly didn't know! Only disappointment was they have virtually nothing regarding the US Life Saving Service or US... More 

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Burnham, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

There is lots to see and it is all quite interesting. They have a new exhibit of the Eastman Illustrative and Publishing Company which is very interesting. It shows the history of post cards. The boat and ship building stuff is great also. I will have to visit a second time.

Thank Carl C
Boothbay, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

The museum is full of great paintings, photos and family treasures from the sea captains that sailed to the orient in the 1800's. The are boat models and activities for kids to do.

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