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Maine Maritime Museum

Founded in 1962, Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in “The City of Ships,” Bath, Maine, and provides a unique experience to tens of thousands of visitors from around the world each year.

The museum is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture through gallery exhibits, the historic Percy & Small Shipyard, educational programs, a research library, and narrated excursions along area waterways.

Daily lighthouse and nature cruises give guests an opportunity to see some of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses from the water and provide an up-close look at Navy vessels under construction at Bath Iron Works. Narrated trolley tours through the historic city of Bath tell the inside story of Bath Iron Works shipyard.

Indoors, visitors enjoy air-conditioned galleries with exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Outdoors, visitors can stroll through the country’s only surviving shipyard where large wooden sailing vessels were built to learn how the greatest wooden ships in the world were constructed. Many of the original shipyard buildings are preserved, giving guests a glimpse into the daily lives of the Percy & Small shipbuilders.

The highlight of the Percy & Small Shipyard is the full-size sculpture of the schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing vessel ever built in North America. The enormous Wyoming, spanning 440 feet with masts that soar 120 feet into the air, is the largest sculpture in New England. Visitors can also enjoy a tour of the Victorian-era home of the Donnells, one of Bath’s shipbuilding families.

The museum’s working Boatshop keeps Maine’s wooden boatbuilding traditions alive and serves as a living exhibit, giving visitors an opportunity to see craftsmen at work. The Boatshop also offers a variety of workshops that teach traditional woodworking techniques.

Opened in 2015, Lobstering & the Maine Coast is a 6,200-square-foot exhibit that tells the complete story of Maine’s most iconic fishery. In addition to lobster biology and fishing, the exhibit explores other facets of the industry including sustainability, processing, dealing and shipping, as well as the industry’s cultural significance in the state. Video screens are incorporated throughout the exhibit, and a variety of interactive activities--from banding a lobster to hauling a wooden trap--encourage hands-on discovery.

Younger visitors can explore the Pirate Playship, climb inside the human-sized lobster trap, take the wheel to captain a tugboat, and launch a wooden ship!

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