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Address: 1 Church St, Searsport, ME 04974-3351
Phone Number: +1 207-548-2529
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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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We had driven by this museum many times over the course of years. This year we decided to stop and check it out. There was much more here than we expected. The seafaring history... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 1, 2016
Drivingmissmary
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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

We had driven by this museum many times over the course of years. This year we decided to stop and check it out. There was much more here than we expected. The seafaring history of Searsport and the area is well explained in displays throughout five buildings. Through videos, displays and an excellent docent staff, it's easy to learn a... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice small museum spread out over 8 or so buildings. Interesting exhibits, especially with all of the sea captains the town produced. Great boat exhibits. Plan on spending about two hours or so. Right on US 1 in town so very easy to locate.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Surprisingly fun open air museum, with kid activities, very helpful people in the research library, and even a part how they used to make postcards. Giant camera obscura out front.

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Walpole, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

I had read of this year's special exhibit - WISH YOU WERE HERE: COMMUNICATING MAINE - and had to see it. Also I needed to see the Camera Obscura. I love postcards and their history, and the exhibit was exceptional for someone knowledgeable of the subject as I am, but also a grand introduction, particularly to the Belfast, Maine, Eastern... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

An astonishing amount of incredibly crafted ship models and information! Also many full sized boats rescued from salvage. Nice building with kids activities and another where they can dress like lobster men. The postcard exhibit was astonishingly comprehensive and informative- great film! Thanks!

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Savannah, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 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 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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!

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South Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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