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“Come and learn and bring the kids”

Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Essex
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Owner description: Over 4000 wooden ships have been built on the banks of the Essex River since 1668. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum traces the evolution of traditional boat building through artifacts, photographs, hands-on exhibits and tour guides with deep knowledge of maritime and local history. Both guided tours and self-guided tours are available. Group tours and field trips can be scheduled. The School House building interprets ship models from the Smithsonian Institute.
West Chester, PA
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Come and learn and bring the kids”
Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

An excellent way to learn about ship building and its history with a hands on museum. Make sure to watch the video that takes you through the process of ship building at its best. Children will enjoy the guided tour for sure although the self guided one is fine too. Unlike stuffy museums this place was a working ship yard with all the work areas preserved.
Take your time and enjoy the visit. We loved listening to Jason talk proudly of the Essex ship building and you will too.

Visited August 2013
Thank padingo
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26 reviews from our community

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English first
Fort Myers, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“American Craftsmanship”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Very interesting. Must stop to see the art of shipbuilding if traveling through Essex. Take the time to view the introductory video. Tour guide very informative.

Visited July 2013
Thank Diane K
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Williamsburg, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“A small gem about American history”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

A very worthwhile 90 minutes. Nothing fancy which is appropriate because shipbuilding is not fancy. We had a great walking tour with a guide from a 4th generation boat building family.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Jeffrey M
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Shipbuilding Memorabilia”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We liked our visit to this museum. The receptionist was extremely friendly and welcoming and gave us lots of off-the-cuff items of interest about the museum and shipbuilding in Essex. The introductory video was atmospheric and shown on an old fashioned TV - life in the yard back in 1947 and specifically the building of one ship at that time. The external museum is a little "tired" - perhaps a coat of pain could be given to some of the areas. It would be a shame to see this treasure of memories and memorabilia from the past slipping into too much neglect.The setting is great - right next to the water and made it easy to envisage the great ships of the past being built and then launched.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Voyageuse49_12
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Portland, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
187 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Fun for the while family”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Shipbuilding is so much a part of the history of Essex that it would be sad not to include this museum in any visit to the area. Guided tours are scheduled daily and there are places where the kids can actually touch things and not get in trouble. Both outdoor and indoor areas are included.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Zabelle
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