Welcome to Maine Maritime Museum

— Bath, Maine —

Experience Maine’s seafaring history on the banks of the Kennebec River. Open year round, our 20-acre waterfront campus includes indoor galleries, the country’s only surviving historic wooden shipyard, a working boat shop, a newly restored 1906 schooner, and more!  Learn more >


Navigating Midcoast Maine

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - May 30 @ 8:00 pm
Navigating Mid-Coast Maine  Cruising the coastal waters of Maine can be fun, especially when you know how to read a nautical chart so you miss all those rocks and arrive safely at your destination. This course is taught by members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and serves as an introduction to nav...

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Schooner Bowdoin and Ernestina-Morrissey

May 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Built in 1894 the Ernestina-Morrissey is a National Historic Landmark Vessel and the Official Vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Built in 1921, the schooner Bowdoin is the official vessel of the state of Maine and the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy.  Both vessels are currently under...

Lecture: Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Hanover: The Romance and Reality of a Maine Shipwreck

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The wreck of the Hanover and loss of all hands in 1849 shocked the midcoast Maine community.  Susan Beegle will reveal how this tragedy inspired literary themes in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s The Pearl of Orr’s Island, written over a decade after the Hanover’s loss.



The Tropics Next Door: A Look at Maine and the Caribbean

November 3, 2018 -May 5, 2019

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Shipwrecks and Salvage v2

Shipwrecks & Salvage

May 18-November 3, 2019

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Experience Maine’s maritime history and culture!

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All Aboard the Mary E!

We’re excited to announce a new sailing opportunity on the Mary E! Starting in June, guests can climb aboard the historic schooner for a sail down the Kennebec River. You’ll have a chance to help the crew set and trim the sails or just enjoy the scenery as you float past Bath Iron Works and two river lighthouses. Click here for more details!

Liam Scanlon Awarded Lipfert Prize

On May 16, Maine Maritime Museum presented the inaugural Nathan R. Lipfert Maritime History Prize to Morse High School sophomore Liam Scanlon. Scanlon was awarded the $500 prize for his outstanding essay “The Recent Growth of Surfing on the Maine Coast.” The Nathan R. Lipfert Maritime History

From the Archives: Shipping Sulphur

118 years ago, Portland was a hub for importing and distributing sulphur and brimstone to paper mills, match factories, glue makers, and other manufacturers around New England.  Business was good, and the Union Sulphur Company, which shipped sulphur to Portland from its mines in Louisiana, was anxious to