We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Penobscot Marine Museum

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Church Street at US Route 1, Searsport, ME 04974-0498
Phone Number: 207-548-2529
Website
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 54 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
A lovely historic site

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Judith W
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 54: English reviews
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 

Helpful?
Thank Judith W
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Helpful?
1 Thank Vickie T
Stowe, Vermont
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

Helpful?
Thank nobchi
South Wales, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
102 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Helpful?
Thank foria
Maine
Level Contributor
120 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Helpful?
1 Thank Rowena H
Mocksville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Helpful?
1 Thank 19Paulbagpipe
Wichita, Kansas
Level Contributor
28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Helpful?
Thank Boatswain2PA
Burnham, Maine
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Helpful?
Thank Carl C
Boothbay, Maine
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Helpful?
Thank colgatco
New Orleans, Louisiana
Level Contributor
102 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on a whim. The museum is made up of 7 buildings. There was a docent inside each of the houses who could tell you more of the history. Lots to read with each exhibit, but we wanted to keep moving so did not read very much. There were exhibits just for kids, too. We spent about 2... More 

Helpful?
Thank friendofmitzi

Travelers who viewed Penobscot Marine Museum also viewed

Searsport, Mid Coast Maine
Searsport, Mid Coast Maine
 
Searsport, Mid Coast Maine
Belfast, Mid Coast Maine
 

Been to Penobscot Marine Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Penobscot Marine Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?