OPEN DAILY 9:30 to 5

Boatshop Workshop: Shaker Box Making

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

A perennial favorite of first-time woodworkers! Over two evenings in the Boatshop (December 1 & 2 from 5-8 pm), you'll build a set of three elegant nesting oval boxes using boatbuilding techniques such as clinch nailing and steam bending. No experience is required; this popular class is a fantastic introduction to woodworking. Boxes are made from cherry and cedar, and all materials are provided.

‘Tis the Season: A Cocktail Kickoff to the Holidays

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Kick off the holiday season with an evening of festive cocktails! Join us to sample specialty cocktails from Maine’s artisan spirit makers – and bring home a bottle or two to stock the bar for your own holiday gatherings. Vena’s Fizz House will get us all party-ready with mixology demos (and delicious mocktail samples), Now You're Cooking will be preparing snacks and answering all of your holiday cooking questions, and Maine Oyster Company will be serving some of the state's best oysters and showing you how to shuck like a pro at home. Participating vendors include Liquid Riot, New England Distilling, Round Turn Distilling, Three of Strong Spirits, and Tree Spirits. Ticket price includes all beverage samples and tapas and treats from Stone Cove Catering. Generously sponsored by:   This is a 21+ event. Guests will need to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (14 days past the final vaccination shot) or a negative test (administered by an authorized provider with your name included on the test) within the past 48 hours, along with a matching photo ID. Proof of vaccination can be your physical vaccine card or official record, or a photo of such documents. Proof of negative test result can be physical or digital.

$20.00 - $55.00

Art of the Sea Gallery Talk

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Join James Swinden, president of the Irvine Museum, for a gallery talk and exploration of the new exhibit Arthur Beaumont: Art of the Sea. Free with admission

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Steambox Family Workshop

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Steambox Family Workshops are held one Saturday each month, October 2021-May 2022 from 10:30 am-12 pm OCTOBER 16, Maine Sea Monsters Come listen to some spooky legends of famous Maine Sea Monsters and learn the ecology behind such infamous monster sightings. Take inspiration from these marine legends to design and create your own take-home sea monster. Appropriate for all ages. Will contain some historical images that may be “scary” for the youngest of Sea Monster Sleuths. Sea Monsters costumes encouraged! NOVEMBER 20, Model Ship Building and Launching Learn the fundamental principles of buoyancy and build your own mini wooden vessel. Add a mast, sail, and ballast, then test its mettle in a launching pool! DECEMBER 18, Navigate Santa’s Journey Round the World Not every vessel is guided by a team of magical reindeer. Learn how navigation implements and methods changed through history by engaging hands-on with artifacts from Maine Maritime Museum’s collection. Using sextants, traverse boards, ship logs, nautical charts, and your imagination, see if you can plot Santa’s journey around the world, just like mariners in the Golden Age of Sail. JANUARY 29, Estuary Ecology Frozen marshlands and snowy grounds make winter the best time to study, track, and acquaint yourself with the remarkable animals of the Kennebec Estuary. Explore the most active sections of Maine Maritime Museum’s 20+ acre riverfront campus to identify, follow, and understand what animal tracks can tell us about this wildly diverse ecosystem. FEBRUARY 19, Make Your Own Logbook Calling all future-captains and crew! Prepare for your future journeys by learning the importance of keeping a logbook to record your adventures. Take inspiration as you examine real logbooks from our museum collection and learn some bookmaking techniques to craft your own logbook from scratch. MARCH 19, Mud-Season Microbiology Learn to make your own microscope slides and look at Maine’s Mud Season on a microscopic level. Participants will take samples from the banks of the Kennebec River on MMM’s campus, prepare slides, and discover the microscopic ecosystem living among the mud. APRIL 16, Spectral Imaging: Using Lightwaves to Learn about the Past Museum professionals use all types of technology to learn about the objects in their collection. Infrared and ultraviolet light can detect details and chemical compositions of artifacts and paintings not usually seen by the human eye. Participants will learn about the full light spectrum and its applications. Try-out MMM’s Full-Spectrum camera to discover new details about items from the museum collection. MAY 7, Shipwreck Detective Over 1,300 ships have wrecked off the coast of Maine, each with a story of danger, adventure, heroism, and tragedy. Explore our immersive “Shipwrecks and Salvage” exhibit to understand the technologies, risks, and preservation efforts involved in maritime archaeology, then dive into our historic shipyard to search for clues and solve the mystery of the wreck of an actual Maine vessel. These workshops are FREE, preregistration is required for each individual workshop (museum admission is included)   Generously sponsored by:

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Steambox Family Workshop

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Steambox Family Workshops are held one Saturday each month, October 2021-May 2022 from 10:30 am-12 pm OCTOBER 16, Maine Sea Monsters Come listen to some spooky legends of famous Maine Sea Monsters and learn the ecology behind such infamous monster sightings. Take inspiration from these marine legends to design and create your own take-home sea monster. Appropriate for all ages. Will contain some historical images that may be “scary” for the youngest of Sea Monster Sleuths. Sea Monsters costumes encouraged! NOVEMBER 20, Model Ship Building and Launching Learn the fundamental principles of buoyancy and build your own mini wooden vessel. Add a mast, sail, and ballast, then test its mettle in a launching pool! DECEMBER 18, Navigate Santa’s Journey Round the World Not every vessel is guided by a team of magical reindeer. Learn how navigation implements and methods changed through history by engaging hands-on with artifacts from Maine Maritime Museum’s collection. Using sextants, traverse boards, ship logs, nautical charts, and your imagination, see if you can plot Santa’s journey around the world, just like mariners in the Golden Age of Sail. JANUARY 29, Estuary Ecology Frozen marshlands and snowy grounds make winter the best time to study, track, and acquaint yourself with the remarkable animals of the Kennebec Estuary. Explore the most active sections of Maine Maritime Museum’s 20+ acre riverfront campus to identify, follow, and understand what animal tracks can tell us about this wildly diverse ecosystem. FEBRUARY 19, Make Your Own Logbook Calling all future-captains and crew! Prepare for your future journeys by learning the importance of keeping a logbook to record your adventures. Take inspiration as you examine real logbooks from our museum collection and learn some bookmaking techniques to craft your own logbook from scratch. MARCH 19, Mud-Season Microbiology Learn to make your own microscope slides and look at Maine’s Mud Season on a microscopic level. Participants will take samples from the banks of the Kennebec River on MMM’s campus, prepare slides, and discover the microscopic ecosystem living among the mud. APRIL 16, Spectral Imaging: Using Lightwaves to Learn about the Past Museum professionals use all types of technology to learn about the objects in their collection. Infrared and ultraviolet light can detect details and chemical compositions of artifacts and paintings not usually seen by the human eye. Participants will learn about the full light spectrum and its applications. Try-out MMM’s Full-Spectrum camera to discover new details about items from the museum collection. MAY 7, Shipwreck Detective Over 1,300 ships have wrecked off the coast of Maine, each with a story of danger, adventure, heroism, and tragedy. Explore our immersive “Shipwrecks and Salvage” exhibit to understand the technologies, risks, and preservation efforts involved in maritime archaeology, then dive into our historic shipyard to search for clues and solve the mystery of the wreck of an actual Maine vessel. These workshops are FREE, preregistration is required for each individual workshop (museum admission is included)   Generously sponsored by:

Maine and the Economics of Enslavement

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Historian Seth Goldstein will discuss Maine’s complex relationship with Atlantic World African enslavement. Through a deep dive into what was known as “The West Indies Trade,” Seth will explain how various commodities like lumber and salt cod, produced in Maine, were shipped to the slave plantations of the Caribbean. In return Mainers consumed large quantities of sugar, molasses, rum, and exotic fruits produced by enslaved Africans. Portland, Maine’s largest port and fish export center, was the nexus of this exchange. This event is FREE, but preregistration is required.

Free - $100.00
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Steambox Family Workshop

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Steambox Family Workshops are held one Saturday each month, October 2021-May 2022 from 10:30 am-12 pm OCTOBER 16, Maine Sea Monsters Come listen to some spooky legends of famous Maine Sea Monsters and learn the ecology behind such infamous monster sightings. Take inspiration from these marine legends to design and create your own take-home sea monster. Appropriate for all ages. Will contain some historical images that may be “scary” for the youngest of Sea Monster Sleuths. Sea Monsters costumes encouraged! NOVEMBER 20, Model Ship Building and Launching Learn the fundamental principles of buoyancy and build your own mini wooden vessel. Add a mast, sail, and ballast, then test its mettle in a launching pool! DECEMBER 18, Navigate Santa’s Journey Round the World Not every vessel is guided by a team of magical reindeer. Learn how navigation implements and methods changed through history by engaging hands-on with artifacts from Maine Maritime Museum’s collection. Using sextants, traverse boards, ship logs, nautical charts, and your imagination, see if you can plot Santa’s journey around the world, just like mariners in the Golden Age of Sail. JANUARY 29, Estuary Ecology Frozen marshlands and snowy grounds make winter the best time to study, track, and acquaint yourself with the remarkable animals of the Kennebec Estuary. Explore the most active sections of Maine Maritime Museum’s 20+ acre riverfront campus to identify, follow, and understand what animal tracks can tell us about this wildly diverse ecosystem. FEBRUARY 19, Make Your Own Logbook Calling all future-captains and crew! Prepare for your future journeys by learning the importance of keeping a logbook to record your adventures. Take inspiration as you examine real logbooks from our museum collection and learn some bookmaking techniques to craft your own logbook from scratch. MARCH 19, Mud-Season Microbiology Learn to make your own microscope slides and look at Maine’s Mud Season on a microscopic level. Participants will take samples from the banks of the Kennebec River on MMM’s campus, prepare slides, and discover the microscopic ecosystem living among the mud. APRIL 16, Spectral Imaging: Using Lightwaves to Learn about the Past Museum professionals use all types of technology to learn about the objects in their collection. Infrared and ultraviolet light can detect details and chemical compositions of artifacts and paintings not usually seen by the human eye. Participants will learn about the full light spectrum and its applications. Try-out MMM’s Full-Spectrum camera to discover new details about items from the museum collection. MAY 7, Shipwreck Detective Over 1,300 ships have wrecked off the coast of Maine, each with a story of danger, adventure, heroism, and tragedy. Explore our immersive “Shipwrecks and Salvage” exhibit to understand the technologies, risks, and preservation efforts involved in maritime archaeology, then dive into our historic shipyard to search for clues and solve the mystery of the wreck of an actual Maine vessel. These workshops are FREE, preregistration is required for each individual workshop (museum admission is included)   Generously sponsored by:

James Stilphen: Art in the City of Ships

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Join Chris Timm, interim executive director, for an exploration of the art of James Stilphen, art director and technical illustrator at Bath Iron Works, whose work created a rich world populated by Maine's maritime past, present, and future. This event is FREE, but preregistration is required.

Free - $100.00

Workshop: Researching Genealogical History

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Join Barbara Desmarais as she introduces her wealth of experience in field and archival research gained from documenting the prominent Black families of the Plains Community and Brunswick, Maine. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the techniques and common mistakes in conducting genealogical research.

$10.00 - $13.00

Maine Maritime Museum & Africana Studies at Bowdoin College

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English, Tess Chakkalakal, will discuss her collaboration with the Maine Maritime Museum in teaching the Introduction to Africana Studies in which students, for the first time in the history of the course, curated an exhibit at the Museum on the subject of ships and slavery. Professor Chakkalakal will provide insight on class conversations connecting African American literature, multiplicity of perspectives, and the challenges of exhibiting these narratives in a gallery. This event is FREE, but preregistration is required.

Free - $100.00
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Steambox Family Workshop

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Steambox Family Workshops are held one Saturday each month, October 2021-May 2022 from 10:30 am-12 pm OCTOBER 16, Maine Sea Monsters Come listen to some spooky legends of famous Maine Sea Monsters and learn the ecology behind such infamous monster sightings. Take inspiration from these marine legends to design and create your own take-home sea monster. Appropriate for all ages. Will contain some historical images that may be “scary” for the youngest of Sea Monster Sleuths. Sea Monsters costumes encouraged! NOVEMBER 20, Model Ship Building and Launching Learn the fundamental principles of buoyancy and build your own mini wooden vessel. Add a mast, sail, and ballast, then test its mettle in a launching pool! DECEMBER 18, Navigate Santa’s Journey Round the World Not every vessel is guided by a team of magical reindeer. Learn how navigation implements and methods changed through history by engaging hands-on with artifacts from Maine Maritime Museum’s collection. Using sextants, traverse boards, ship logs, nautical charts, and your imagination, see if you can plot Santa’s journey around the world, just like mariners in the Golden Age of Sail. JANUARY 29, Estuary Ecology Frozen marshlands and snowy grounds make winter the best time to study, track, and acquaint yourself with the remarkable animals of the Kennebec Estuary. Explore the most active sections of Maine Maritime Museum’s 20+ acre riverfront campus to identify, follow, and understand what animal tracks can tell us about this wildly diverse ecosystem. FEBRUARY 19, Make Your Own Logbook Calling all future-captains and crew! Prepare for your future journeys by learning the importance of keeping a logbook to record your adventures. Take inspiration as you examine real logbooks from our museum collection and learn some bookmaking techniques to craft your own logbook from scratch. MARCH 19, Mud-Season Microbiology Learn to make your own microscope slides and look at Maine’s Mud Season on a microscopic level. Participants will take samples from the banks of the Kennebec River on MMM’s campus, prepare slides, and discover the microscopic ecosystem living among the mud. APRIL 16, Spectral Imaging: Using Lightwaves to Learn about the Past Museum professionals use all types of technology to learn about the objects in their collection. Infrared and ultraviolet light can detect details and chemical compositions of artifacts and paintings not usually seen by the human eye. Participants will learn about the full light spectrum and its applications. Try-out MMM’s Full-Spectrum camera to discover new details about items from the museum collection. MAY 7, Shipwreck Detective Over 1,300 ships have wrecked off the coast of Maine, each with a story of danger, adventure, heroism, and tragedy. Explore our immersive “Shipwrecks and Salvage” exhibit to understand the technologies, risks, and preservation efforts involved in maritime archaeology, then dive into our historic shipyard to search for clues and solve the mystery of the wreck of an actual Maine vessel. These workshops are FREE, preregistration is required for each individual workshop (museum admission is included)   Generously sponsored by:

African American Maritime History in Maine

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

A native of Portland and at least the eighth generation of his family to be born in Cumberland County, Bob Greene is a retired journalist and genealogist who has researched the Black history of his native state for years. He helped with the seminal work, “Maine’s Visible Black History, The First Chronicle of its People,” which was co-authored by H.H. Price and Gerald E. Talbot. Greene will expand our understanding of Maine’s maritime heritage to include Black contributions and histories that were always present but often overlooked. This event is FREE, but preregistration is required.

Free
Recurring

Steambox Family Workshop

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Steambox Family Workshops are held one Saturday each month, October 2021-May 2022 from 10:30 am-12 pm OCTOBER 16, Maine Sea Monsters Come listen to some spooky legends of famous Maine Sea Monsters and learn the ecology behind such infamous monster sightings. Take inspiration from these marine legends to design and create your own take-home sea monster. Appropriate for all ages. Will contain some historical images that may be “scary” for the youngest of Sea Monster Sleuths. Sea Monsters costumes encouraged! NOVEMBER 20, Model Ship Building and Launching Learn the fundamental principles of buoyancy and build your own mini wooden vessel. Add a mast, sail, and ballast, then test its mettle in a launching pool! DECEMBER 18, Navigate Santa’s Journey Round the World Not every vessel is guided by a team of magical reindeer. Learn how navigation implements and methods changed through history by engaging hands-on with artifacts from Maine Maritime Museum’s collection. Using sextants, traverse boards, ship logs, nautical charts, and your imagination, see if you can plot Santa’s journey around the world, just like mariners in the Golden Age of Sail. JANUARY 29, Estuary Ecology Frozen marshlands and snowy grounds make winter the best time to study, track, and acquaint yourself with the remarkable animals of the Kennebec Estuary. Explore the most active sections of Maine Maritime Museum’s 20+ acre riverfront campus to identify, follow, and understand what animal tracks can tell us about this wildly diverse ecosystem. FEBRUARY 19, Make Your Own Logbook Calling all future-captains and crew! Prepare for your future journeys by learning the importance of keeping a logbook to record your adventures. Take inspiration as you examine real logbooks from our museum collection and learn some bookmaking techniques to craft your own logbook from scratch. MARCH 19, Mud-Season Microbiology Learn to make your own microscope slides and look at Maine’s Mud Season on a microscopic level. Participants will take samples from the banks of the Kennebec River on MMM’s campus, prepare slides, and discover the microscopic ecosystem living among the mud. APRIL 16, Spectral Imaging: Using Lightwaves to Learn about the Past Museum professionals use all types of technology to learn about the objects in their collection. Infrared and ultraviolet light can detect details and chemical compositions of artifacts and paintings not usually seen by the human eye. Participants will learn about the full light spectrum and its applications. Try-out MMM’s Full-Spectrum camera to discover new details about items from the museum collection. MAY 7, Shipwreck Detective Over 1,300 ships have wrecked off the coast of Maine, each with a story of danger, adventure, heroism, and tragedy. Explore our immersive “Shipwrecks and Salvage” exhibit to understand the technologies, risks, and preservation efforts involved in maritime archaeology, then dive into our historic shipyard to search for clues and solve the mystery of the wreck of an actual Maine vessel. These workshops are FREE, preregistration is required for each individual workshop (museum admission is included)   Generously sponsored by:

Maine Maritime Museum