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“Museum was closed but!,,,,,,,,,,,,,” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Maritime Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester
Ranked #16 of 52 things to do in Gloucester
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Crofton, Maryland
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82 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Museum was closed but!,,,,,,,,,,,,,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2012

There is a small Dive Shop, below the museum, sort of easy to miss. It's called the Diving kocker and is very small. However it has some much I've equipment, history and a wonderful gentleman named Paul Harling, who can share many stores about dives fo submarines and treasure that you will not want to leave. It's free , Paul is one of those great guys who want to share their knowledge and experiences with all who will listen. It's worth the time to walk down sat the dory shed to the Diver locker.

Visited May 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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272 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Call before you go there in winter...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

Don't check the website but call to find out the hours and what's open. We were excited to go to the museum but the museum was basically closed-- the exhibits were not enabled and the touch tank was closed for winter (even though we went in April.) On the plus side, the dive master at the diving workshop area below was very informative and has a great collection of diving gear from years past to present.

Visited April 2012
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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217 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Fishing history & interactive exhibits”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2012

The upstairs exhibits here are interesting. The small "touch" aquarium area is cool. The push-button/touch-screen info center & gift shop are both great for a small museum like this one. The views & wharf are so exhilarating, you can forgive the lack of bang for the buck.
I'm a sucker for shipwreck lore, for example, and -- intending no disrespect to fishing families -- the astonishing number of fishing vessels lost out of Gloucester deserves in-depth exploration: What are most common causes? How about explaining the risks of encountering a tow cable? Talk about lawsuits, examine tragedies from which lessons were learned, have artifacts on display. Heck, have an area where folks can watch segments of Captains Courageous, the Spencer Tracy version, with dories launched off fishing vessels! All of these would answer a key question common to off-islanders: How can a single community have lost so many to the sea?

Visited February 2012
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Finally, Gloucester”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

With next to no funding this place is a gem. Great for kids and adults.

Visited December 2011
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San Diego, California
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118 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Small but worthwhile”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2011

Informative center. Packs a lot into a small area.

Visited November 2011
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