Lobstering & the Maine Coast: Opening July 26!
Lobstering & the Maine Coast
Opens Sunday, July 26, 2015!
Maine Maritime Museum is undertaking a significant redesign and renovation of one of the museum's major exhibitions - Lobstering & the Maine Coast. The exhibit will be a thematic expansion and upgrade of the existing lobstering exhibit installed in 1985 in its own 6,200-square-foot, two-story building steps from the Kennebec River.
Much has changed in Maine's lobstering industry in the last three decades, yet it remains a colorful and central part of both the coastal landscape and Maine's fishing economy. In this major permanent exhibit redesign and update, over 675 artifacts will be reviewed and supplemented with new material. Interactive technology will help visitors explore lobster biology and ecology, boats and engines, and modern traps and processing equipment. A century of changes in lobster boat design will be documented by examples from our historical working watercraft collection. The exhibit will also portray the increasingly complex roles of the modern lobsterman as harvester/scientist/business person, and the savvy needed to transport, market, and profit from a perishable seafood. With expertise from the Maine Lobsterman's Association, University of Maine's Darling Marine Center, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and others, the new installation will open July 26, 2015.
One of the most unique components of the exhibit will be a display of buoys donated by lobstermen from up and down the coast. Using touch-screen kiosks, visitors will be able to view photos and information correlating to each buoy, including the lobsterman’s name, location, boat name, and in some cases, personal stories gleaned from life on the water. The buoys, and the stories of the men and women who fish with them, will continue to be added to beyond the exhibit opening as an ongoing documentation of the lobster fishery. Lobstermen interested in donating a buoy can learn more here.
When submitting a buoy, please complete this form.
Exhibit Content Themes
Lobster, a story of the way we eat - blending history, technology, economics and marketing
Lobster, a lens on Maine - the history, culture, and geography of the Maine coast from which the lobster fishery has evolved
Lobster fishing - evolution of gear, technology and working patterns, effects on families and communities
Lobster science - marine biology, oceanography, ecology: new findings and the role of fishermen in today's research
Lobster 101 - lobster facts, foibles, fables throughout history, folklore, and literature
Davis Family Foundation
The Family of Lobsterman William E. Gatchell
The Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
Friends of the Exhibit