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Address: 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930-5004
Phone Number: +1 978-281-0470
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Maritime Gloucester is Cape Ann's destination for maritime fun with...

Maritime Gloucester is Cape Ann's destination for maritime fun with facilities located on Gloucester's historic harbor. You can get inspired by the wonders of marine life, learn about the area's rich maritime heritage, meet ocean creatures, talk to a schooner captain, and become a hands-on part of the working waterfront! A calendar of programs, schooner sails, and family-friendly weekly events, including Labor Day's Schooner Festival. Maritime Gloucester - Oceans of Discovery Open daily in the summer from 10:00 - 6:00 pm.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Maritime Gloucester's Harriet Webster Pier is currently closed to the public as a result of a major harbor clean up effort in Gloucester Harbor. For the remainder of the 2016 season, admission to Maritime Gloucester is free of charge with interactive exhibits open in the Gorton's Gallery, the Children's Room, and the Dive Locker. We have fascinating sea animals in tanks in the WetLab -- including our BLUE lobster! Shop Maritime is fully stocked with tshirts, hats, unique gifts and a large selection of maritime-themed books for the whole family. On Sept. 3rd, plan on a visit to Maritime Gloucester's Maritime Heritage Day when we'll be unveiling a new schooner exhibit to celebrate Gloucester Schooner Festival.

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Picturisque

Nice place to visit many views of the ocean nice place to take a walk, nices restaurants near by. Good place on a warm day.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Cranston, Rhode Island
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Cranston, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place to visit many views of the ocean nice place to take a walk, nices restaurants near by. Good place on a warm day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small place jammed packed with lots of info and exhibits. Great views from second floor. Reasonably priced great for the whole family. I recommend you taking the time and checking it out when you are in the area.

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boston, ma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small museum with lots of information about the formation of the waters around Gloucester as well as the maritime history of the area. Good information and a touch tank to check out the local creatures as well. Stop in the Scuba shop below - very interesting stories there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Great spot for kids to learn about marine life and for the family, or couples, to hang out on the gorgeous dock (same one used in the filming of the Perfect Storm). It's a very active harbor and the center gives you a good overview of the oldest seaport in the U.S. There is also a diving museum (very stinky)... More 

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maritimegloucester, Director of Programs at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Dear H C, Thanks for taking the time to review your visit to Maritime Gloucester. We are so happy you had a fun time here exploring our exhibits and walking around our harbor front site. Maybe you'll be able to visit again over Labor Day Weekend when we host the Gloucester Schooner Festival? Over 20 schooners will be participating this... More 

Beverly, Mass.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

This museum is a hidden jem, tucked away on Harbor Loop and for a long time I did not know it was there. My kids definitely enjoyed the touch tanks and the other marine tanks in the outdoor aquarium area. The interns that work there is the summer are very friendly and helpful. Although I didn't buy anything, the gift... More 

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maritimegloucester, Program Director at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Dear soxskier, Thanks for visiting us at Maritime Gloucester and taking the time to review your experience. We are so pleased that your family had an engaging time in the touch tanks exploring the local marine life with our interns. We hope you will plan another trip to visit in the summer of 2017, when we will be debuting our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

A great place for children to experience hands on 'petting' fish while learning about the sea and what's in it and how to preserve our reasorses .

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Maritimegloucester, Director of Programs at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Dear red-red-wineMA, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your review after your visit to Maritime Gloucester! We are thrilled you had a great time visiting our touch tank aquarium and waterfront center. Wanted to pass on that we host the Gloucester Schooner Festival over Labor Day weekend. Might be the perfect time to come back! More 

Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Waterfront viewing on the dock and into the Gloucester harbor - open to the public. If you purchase a sailing trip, the Maritime Museum admission is free and very informative, up to date, an eye-opening. Gift shop is refreshing with new merchandise. As a member, I look forward to the end of the year sale. The kids love the touch... More 

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Maritimegloucester, Director of Programs at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Thanks for your recent review, WingearsheekBeach! Our touch tank aquarium and galleries will be opening for the season Memorial Day Weekend! This summer, check out our website to see what is happening daily on our waterfront site. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Families, individuals will delight in the area and the site itself to see and hear about sea life on Cape Ann MA .

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Maritimegloucester, Program Director at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Hello CarolM! Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Maritime Gloucester and sharing it with others. We appreciate your recommendation for both families and individual travelers to visit our exhibits and harbor front maritime center! Happy Travels! Melanie More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Wonderful seaport museum and hands-on maritime center, great for kids. Well run and highly informative.

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Maritimegloucester, Program Director at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Hello Caitlin C! Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Maritime Gloucester and sharing it with others. We are glad you liked our hands-on exhibits and hope you visit us again! Happy Travels! Melanie More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had a nice time at the museum. My children loved the interactive exhibits. The staff was terrific. We left our camera behind and they were wonderful about calling us back to let us know that they found it.

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Thank Ken M
Maritimegloucester, Porgram Director at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Hello Ken M! Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Maritime Gloucester and sharing it with others. We are glad you liked our interactive exhibits and hope you visit us again! Happy Travels! Melanie More 

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