About Maine Maritime Museum
Founded in 1962, Maine Maritime Museum sits on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in “The City of Ships,” Bath, Maine. The museum connects people to the past, present, and future of Maine’s waterways and their global reach.
Indoors, enjoy air-conditioned galleries with exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience is a one-of-a-kind immersive exhibit that will give you the sensation of standing at the top of a lighthouse.
Outdoors, stroll through the country’s only surviving shipyard to see where large wooden sailing vessels were once built. Many of the original buildings in our shipyard are preserved, giving you a glimpse into the daily lives of the Percy & Small shipbuilders. The highlight of the yard is the full-size sculpture of the schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing vessel ever built in North America. At the top of the yard, the Victorian-era home of the Donnells, one of Bath’s many shipbuilding families, opens seasonally for tours.
Hop on one of our daily cruises to see some of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses from the water and get an up-close look at Navy vessels under construction at Bath Iron Works. The museum’s working Boatshop keeps Maine’s wooden boatbuilding traditions alive! Chat with craftsmen at work or participate in the variety of workshops that teach traditional woodworking techniques.
Kids love exploring the Pirate Playship, climbing inside the human-sized lobster trap, taking the wheel to captain a tugboat, and launching a wooden ship!
Maine Maritime Museum connects people to the past, present, and future of Maine’s waterways and their global reach.
Our vision is to be a leading cultural institution and community pillar. As active stewards and educators of history and culture, of our historic site, and of our collections, we strive to inspire an ever-growing audience to experience the local, regional, and global stories of Maine.
We value progress—removing barriers to access, broadening our audience, building community, expanding scholarship, and innovating our stories and storytelling methods. We value respect— sustaining the people, places, and resources in our care, prioritizing equity in our work, and creating a supportive environment that empowers individuals to thrive.