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“Many Bldgs, large campus, kids area”

Maine Maritime Museum
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in historic Bath, Maine. Indoors, visitors enjoy air-conditioned galleries with exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Outdoors, visitors can join a guided tour or stroll through the historic Percy & Small shipyard and see how many of the world's largest wooden sailing ships were built, learn about lobstering in the Maine, enjoy lunch under the towering sculpture of the schooner Wyoming (the largest wooden sailing vessel built in North America), watch wooden boats being built in the Boatshop, or play on a pirate ship. May through October, visitors can get an up-close view of the area's lighthouses and spectacular scenery on daily cruises, learn the story of Bath Iron Works from shipyard insiders, and tour the Victorian-era home of the Donnell shipbuilding family. Open year round.
Glenville, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Many Bldgs, large campus, kids area”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Admission is good for two visits within seven days. Tickets for 1 hr river cruise include museum admission. Several buildings, museum, plus access to docked active schooner, places to take a break, get a bite. Good history of Bath ship making, several dioramas. Well stocked gift shop. Still adding exhibits. Free guided tour once a day. Very pleasant site right on the water, outdoor wedding was held on the grounds the day we were there.

Visited September 2012
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Hampden, Maine
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80 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“plan on two days”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

We didn't plan an all day visit and did we ever make a mistake. As maritime aficionados we definitely need two days to absorb all the material contained in and around the museum. We are already planning for the sequel.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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120 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Totally worth a visit”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

This is a beautiful smallish museum about the regions's maritime history, with plenty of interest for all ages. There is also a fabulous outdoor area with a really informative building devoted to lobster fishing, a ship to visit, and much more.

Visited August 2012
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Gunnison, Colorado
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221 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Amazing Step Back In Time to Wooden Ship Building!”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

The grounds & setting near water of the actual ship building area make the Maine Maritime Museum so very realistic & add to its charm & history. It is truly a step back in time to an era where men actually built these HUGE wooden sailing vessels without the use of modern tools.or equipment! So very hard to believe they could do this! If you take time to read, listen, & look at the displays & photographs of these stoic men, one wonders if any man today could do what these ship builders did in their time. I loved the photographs that were displayed of the shipbuilder's wearing suits! Their vintage tools & diagrams were shown - a first class education in a time that is no more! Boats to climb into &n lots to see - a true learning experience for all ages! If you go to Bath, do not miss this museum!

Visited October 2011
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Bath, Maine
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great historical experience”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

The Maine Maritime Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The exhibits have been better every year. Maritime history is a fundamental aspect of this part of the world where shipbuilding began in the early 17th century. Not only are there exhibits, paintings, and a gift shop, there is also a ship for children and adults to walk through, a demonstration of the former boat launch at the Bath Iron Works, and other such hands on experiences. I strongly recommend this for all ages.

Visited August 2012
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