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Maine Maritime Museum

243 Washington Street


Maine Maritime Museum celebrates Maine's maritime heritage and culture in order to educate the community and a worldwide audience about the important role of Maine in regional and global maritime activities.

The Museum accomplishes its stewardship through: discriminate collection, preservation and dissemination of historic materials and information, engaging educational programs, relevant and compelling exhibitions, and a unique historic shipyard, all connecting the past to contemporary and future issues.


In 1962 seven residents of Bath, Maine formed the Marine Research Society of Bath which did business for years as the Bath Marine Museum.

In 1975, the name was officially changed to Maine Maritime Museum. The Percy & Small Shipyard, the only intact shipyard site in the U.S. which built large wooden sailing vessels, was donated by Mr. and Mrs. L. M. C. Smith in 1975; in 1981 Mrs. Smith also donated the adjoining Donnell House, a shipyard owner's Victorian -era residence.

In 1985 the Museum added the Leon L. Bean Building to house its Maine Lobstering Exhibit. In that same year the long-standing relationship between the Grand Banks Schooner Trust and the Museum was launched, allowing the schooner Sherman Zwicker to be a floating waterfront exhibit during the summer season. In 1989, following a successful capital campaign, the Museum opened its brand new Maritime History Building, just south of the Percy & Small Shipyard, allowing all its facilities to be in one major location for the first time.

1994 the Museum rebuilt the Deering Pier which allows us to welcome larger visiting vessels. We saw the arrival of the remains of the clipper ship Snow Squall in 1995, and with further improvements in 2006, this remains an important aspect of a Museum visit.

In 2001 the Museum added a meeting and dining facility, Long Reach Hall. This beautiful timber frame building is equipped with a full caterer's kitchen. The following year the Visiting Yachtsmen's Building was added to provide amenities for those visiting us by boat. Ten guest moorings are available in season.


Erik Hildebrandt

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Always a fun place to go. This year we arrived before the out buildings were open for the season. Still, lots to see and do in the museum. The ship models and paintings are incredible. The curator and staff has spent some time on the exhibits and it shows. Excellent descriptive plaques within exhibits. Very well maintained, and clean. Went with our kids and they had fun too. Bonus... You get to see what Beth Iron Works had going on. And a great view of the river in all seasons. Very much worth the trip.

Chris Hartfelder

Saturday, May 19, 2018
We were visiting from out of town and happened to catch the Maritime Museum on their annual "Community Day" when they offered free admission and discounted boat tours. What a delightful afternoon! The museum is very well done with interesting exhibits about various aspects of ship building, lobster catching, and light house keeping. Many areas of the museum have informative videos which offer the benefits of a guided tour without the time constraints. The boat tour gave a nice opportunity to see a couple smaller light houses as well the BIW ship harbor. Overall, I'd recommend it as an excellent educational family destination.

Nancy E Randolph

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
This is always a "go to" place to take my out-of-state visitors. We get to share Maine's maritime history, enjoy the local maritime history and sometimes catch a boat ride. Our last visitors were so happy that they were able to see a bald eagle on our lighthouse cruise.

Scott MacDonald

Monday, April 16, 2018
One of my favourite museums! I love nautical history and the collection at this museum is lots of fun. A beautiful location wonderfully juxtaposed the Bath Iron Works, it was a pleasure to roam. The sculpture of the Wyoming was a great centerpiece, and seeing the antique small craft was also very interesting. One of the best touches in my opinion was the way the original buildings were handled (at least in the off season). Using background sounds that represent the work being done was a very good way of immersing us in the subject matter. I first thought the admission price was high, but for a two day ticket for such a well done museum I'd pay that price all day long.

Richard Dune

Sunday, July 15, 2018
The displays and the staff are top rate. My wife and I were there 3 hours, could have stayed longer but we had time commitments. The museum ticket price is very reasonable and you can come back within a 10 day period for free. Highly recommend this stop on a trip through maine.

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