On-Site Museum Tours
Treasures of the Museum: Behind the Scenes Tours
After 50 years of collecting items related to Maine’s rich maritime heritage Maine Maritime Museum now boasts a collection of over 21,000 artifacts including more than 140 small craft. Whether you choose to tour the collections vaults or the small craft collection you'll be guided by one of our curatorial staff who will share unique and exciting stories behind selected items. Each tour is unique, and you just never know what treasures you might see. Space is limited so register early.
$8 Members, $20 Nonmembers includes Museum admission
Collection Vault Tour: Wednesdays at 1:30 pm and Fridays at 11:30 am July 1 through August 28 To register
Small Craft Collection Tour
To know a boat is to know a culture and the way its people move through their world. The rich diversity of our regions' maritime culture is reflected in the 140 watercraft of our collection, from bark canoes adn fishing dory's to a varnished fan-tail launch, an original Friendship sloop, and N.C. Wyeth's launch Eight-Bells all of the watercraft in our collection have a story to tell. Join our volunteer docents as they give voice to these remarkable vessels and the cargoes they carry. $8 Members, $20 Nonmembers includes Museum admission
Small Craft Collection Tour: Monday & Thursdays at 11:30 July 2 through August 29 To register
Tour the Percy & Small Historic Shipyard
The Museum is located on the original site where very large four-, five- and six-mast wooden ships were built, including the world's largest wooden ship, the Wyoming. Most of the shipyard's original buildings, plus tools and equipment are on view. In the center of the yard, a full-scale metal sculpture of Wyoming's bow and stern gives visitors a sense of the enormous size of the ship. Guided tours of the P&S Shipyard are conducted from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day and are free with Museum admission.
The Percy & Small shipyard is closed from about December 15 to March 15 and on days when ice or snow pose a hazard to visitors.
Visit the Victorian-era Donnell House
This Victorian-era home of a shipbuilder and his family sits adjacent to the P&S Shipyard, and entry is included in Museum admission. It contains many of the family's belongings and similar period pieces. Seasonal - The house is open 11 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day and on special occasions.