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Maine Maritime Museum

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Address: 243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530-1638
Phone Number: +1 207-443-1316
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks...

Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in 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 Coast and Lobstering Exhibit, 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 Museum boat ship, or play on a pirate ship. Seasonally, visitors can get the best view of the area's lighthouses and spectacular scenery on daily cruise boats, learn the story of Bath Iron Works from shipyard insiders who then guide a windshield tour of views of the shipyard, and tour the Victorian-era home of the Donnel shipbuilding family.

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This is a great museum. The staff is very helpful and friendly. You could could easily spend 4 hours here.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Lorrinda K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great museum. The staff is very helpful and friendly. You could could easily spend 4 hours here.

Thank Lorrinda K
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I learned so much whilst on my visit about the incredible wooden ships built here in days gone by. So much to see at the Museum, but I also opted for the one hour boat trip out to the lighthouses and back to the Bath Iron Works Shipyard. Really great staff on the boat and so knowledgeable. If you are... More 

Thank Yorkie1948
Liverpool, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Interesting museum with inside and outside exhibits based on the old ship building site its based on. Well worth taking the hour trip on the cruise boat which shows some river lighthouses as well as passing by the Bath Iron Works where naval shipbuilding goes on to this day.

Thank Childwall56
Show Low, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

My husband and I were never big fans of the beach of the West Coast. But when we visited this museum, we gained a new appreciation for those who made their life on the sea, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are several buildings to visit here, all of then authentic except the blacksmith's shop, which burned down... More 

Thank Candace M
Westerville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My wife was most interested in the Maine Maritime Museum and I was most interested in the "tour" of the Bath Iron Works that you could take from the Maritime Museum. Well, turns out the the Maritime Museum was excellent and I'm really glad that we visited this attraction. The main building has some great maritime exhibits and history of... More 

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MaineMaritime, Public Relations Manager at Maine Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Good morning! Unfortunately, due to security restrictions Bath Iron Works does not allow public tours to enter the shipyard. While the trolley does not enter the shipyard, our BIW exhibit, exclusive video, and on-board tour guide provide the most comprehensive Bath Iron Works experience available. We hope you enjoyed your visit to our 20-acre campus, and please let us know... More 

Woodstock, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Maritime museum is great. Its very educational and the lighthouse trips can't be beat. We saw tons of wildlife along with the 7 lighthouses.

Thank steveyb02
Stamford CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Interesting exhibits in the main building and throughout the grounds, including a building devoted to lobstering. Took the noon-time boat tour – well narrated. Saw one little lighthouse, then cruised by the Bath Iron Works, for a great view of three destroyers, including the super modern Zumwalt ships. Not cheap to visit, but very worthwhile. Also a “pirate ship” play... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Writing this review is hard because it is difficult to put into words how happy we were with having our wedding at the Maine Maritime Museum. Initially we had no idea that they even did weddings, but boy do they do wedding and they know what they are doing. Teresa and Rene were so helpful with setup, breakdown and helping... More 

Thank Jenny B
Ellensburg, Wa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We spent six hours here! The docents were good, the inside museum had historical displays of ship-building and fishing industry and more, and the outdoor visits to buildings of the old ship-building operation were fascinating.

Thank seniorhiker2
Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed a trip to the Museum, which we walked from the far side of the town - brave but a little naive. We got the bus back. It was a wet day which was made good by the scope of the museum and the friendly expertise of its volunteers. Definitely worthwhile even for an overseas tourist.

Thank Andy S

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