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.


Shane Locke

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

All the times I've been here, I've learned something new. This a great place for middle school and high school students. Lots to see and do. Cool boat craft exhibit with the opportunity to work if you are interested. They have boat rides available as well as a new Maine lobstering and lighthouse exhibit. Highly recommend it, even if you've already visited before. Well worth a visit.

L Mirsky

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

Good museum! Beautiful location. Very good reference library too if you are doing research.

Miranda Casey

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

I was recently a part of a wedding party that had a wedding in the museum. The venue was clean and the staff was super helpful. For any couples out there thinking about holding an event at the museum, I'd definitely recommend taking a look!


Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

My friend, a Maine man from generations of Bath shipbuilders and operators, took me here today. I'm from England and have a keen interest in wooden boats in particular. I found your facility very friendly and interesting. In particular we liked the man who told us how the ship launching was done. Please thank him from us, he was charming.

Suzie Kohler

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Good history but pricey for admission. Where is the Maine resident discount?