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Penobscot Marine Museum
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Searsport
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stopped here because a close friend's family is from this area and her family helped found this museum. It was really worth the stop. There are several buildings and an interesting gift shop/information area with helpful staff.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

This is a fun little place in small town Maine. There are many buildings to go through on a self-guided tour. You can learn about men lost at sea, the lobster trade, boats, tour a sea captains house among many other exhibits. There are some great exhibits for children here as well.

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Went to Searsport just to visit this museum. Had an enjoyable visit that was unfortunately shortened by monsoon-like rain that kept us from really exploring the unexpectedly diverse buildings. However, we enjoyed the Nickels House where the docent was wise and knew her stuff! The exhibits focused on the historic industries of the Penobscot: lumber, granite, fishing. Additionally there was a unique needlepoint about the Naval Disaster in Castine (ask about that) and lovely oils and models of trading ships. We were prompted to visit the church, which is open for limited hours, where the stained glass windows opulently outshown the plain exterior. AND we got a chance to check out the indoor yard sale, buy some delicious lemon poppy seed bread and take a chance on an incredibly detailed quilt.

Thank Gail G
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We stopped at this museum on our way north. We spent about 2 hours. You could take a little more or less time. It was a self guided tour, but there were people to talk to in different buildings. There is quite a collection including scrimshaw artifacts. Searsport looked like a nice town to walk down the sidewalks (even though we didn't have time). A lot of history there.

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Not as well known as its more popular cousin in Bath, but in my opinion, equally fine. Built around a dozen homes on one street in Searsport, birthplace of 200 sea captains in the golden age of sail. One of the docents seemed to know the family history of each one of them. She grew up in a nearby town and heard first hand stories from the children of these captains. Magnificent town church also open to museum goers at appointed hours. Very well worth at least a couple hours.

2  Thank JonathanCalypso
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