OPEN DAILY 9:30 to 5

Book Signing with Nathan Lipfert

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Join us in Long Reach Hall to celebrate the release of Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding; A Visual History by historian Nathan Lipfert, curator emeritus. Nathan will read from the new book and sign copies, which will be available for sale. Celebrating the bicentennial of Maine, Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding explores the rich history of Maine shipbuilding. Though concentrating primarily on shipbuilding activity in the two centuries since statehood, the book begins with pre-1820 activity, including native canoe-making and colonial-period shipbuilding. Covering the entire coast, this rich visual history focuses on the industry and the vessels produced, highlighting Maine’s national and international importance in shipbuilding.

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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 *RESCHEDULED* February 5, 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. These workshops are FREE, preregistration is required for each individual workshop (museum admission is included)   Generously sponsored by:

Museum Store Sunday

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

It's the most wonderful time of the year... to shop in the museum store! On Museum Store Sunday (November 28, 2021), nearly 1,500 museum stores representing all 50 states, 23 countries, and five continents will offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions. Support the museum AND find unique gifts for everyone on your list! Shoppers will receive 10% off storewide; 20% off for museum members and we'll wrap all of the great gifts you find for FREE. Plus, our annual book sale will be happening in Sewall Hall. Admission is never required to shop the Museum Store!  

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.

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 *RESCHEDULED* February 5, 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. 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 *RESCHEDULED* February 5, 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. 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

Steambox Family Workshop

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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. 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

Workshop: Researching Genealogical History

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Join local historian Barbara Desmarais for a story and a genealogy workshop. She’ll tell the true tale of the Heustons, a prominent Black family of Bath/Brunswick, Maine by sharing field and archival research she used to qualify Heuston Burying Ground as a national “Underground Railroad: Network to Freedom” site. In the hands-on workshop, she’ll use documents from her own ancestral mysteries to introduce participants to the techniques and common mistakes of genealogical research.

Steambox Family Workshop

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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.   These workshops are FREE, preregistration is required for each individual workshop (museum admission is included)   Generously sponsored by First Federal Savings

The Life and Art of Arthur Beaumont: Lecture by Geoffrey Beaumont

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Geoffrey Beaumont, son of featured artist Arthur Beaumont and author of the Art of the Sea exhibit catalog, will share a personal view of his father’s life and work that produced watercolors and pen and ink drawings of naval and maritime life and action on the seas. Beaumont's works are currently on display at Maine Maritime Museum in the exhibit, "Arthur Beaumont: Art of the Sea."

Donation

Behind the Scenes of Cotton Town with 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

Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Truly, we couldn't do what we do without a phenomenal group of volunteers and we can't wait to showcase these incredible people. During this recruitment fair, the Percy & Small Shipyard will be open for demonstrations, and our staff and volunteers will be present to share the many different ways you can be a part of the museum. We have opportunities for just about everyone: outdoors or indoors; active or more stationary; be a part of a group or fly solo; work with the public directly or operate behind the scenes. Have you ever considered volunteering at Maine Maritime Museum?

Steambox Family Workshop

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

April 23, 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 First Federal Savings

Schooner AJ Meerwald: Restoring a Historic Oyster Schooner

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Come learn the history and restoration efforts behind the Schooner AJ Meerwald, a wooden oyster schooner being restored in Lincolnville, ME! Schooner AJ Meerwald, New Jersey's Official Tall Ship The 1928 Schooner AJ Meerwald is spending this winter and spring in Belfast undergoing a restoration under Clark & Eisele. During the talk, hear about the history of the AJ Meerwald with Connie McCart, co-author of The AJ Meerwald and New Jersey's Oyster Industry, to learn about the Meerwald and Phillips families and find out why the Delaware Bay's Maurice River Cove was the "Oyster Capital of the World".

Donation

The Malaga Ship Story: A Performance by Antonio Rocha, Storyteller

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

The Malaga Ship story is a tour de force performance by award-winning, and world-renowned storyteller Antonio Rocha. Using his entire body and voice, Antonio sings, dances, narrates, and mimes his way through this poetically toned historical tale.

The Malaga was a 183 ton brig that was built in Brunswick, Maine by Joseph Badger in 1832.

It did not take many years for the ship to find itself bought and sold into the slave trade, which was already illegal across the Atlantic since 1808. However, African captives were in high demand because the plantation owners knew the end of slavery was nearing, and they needed the convenient trade to continue in order for them to secure their fortune.

Maine being a powerhouse in shipbuilding produced several ships that ended up in the trade. Malaga was one of them.

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

Community Day

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Join us for our annual kick-off to the summer season! Admission is FREE and cruise tickets are just $10 (available at the door). Don't miss the raising of the flags over the Wyoming with a cannon salute at noon. Plus, tour the historic Percy & Small Shipyard, enjoy traditional skills demonstrations, and explore all of the museum's exhibits.

Virtual Lecture: Maine Seafaring Families and the Atlantic Slave Trade

Kate McMahon, a leading scholar in New England’s complicity in the Atlantic Slave Trade, will share her latest research that implicates Maine ship captains, shipbuilding families, and the direct and indirect ways Maine’s shipbuilding industry perpetuated an American economy built on stolen labor.

Free

Wine and Paint Workshop: Intro to Painting the Ocean

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Artist and professor Zach Horn (Looking for Winslow Homer) leads this introductory workshop providing techniques and inspiration for painting the ocean. All material is provided, no experience necessary.

Zach Horn Artist Talk

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Learn about the creation of _Looking for Winslow Homer_ in this free artist talk.

Kennebec Explorers Day Camp: Week 1

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

For rising 2nd - 5th grade students, Kennebec Explorers Day Camp will foster your child’s exploration of earth and ocean sciences through creative hands-on learning and fun.

Opera Maine Concert

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Opera Maine is the Maine’s only professional opera company. Together with internationally recognized conductors, directors, and opera singers, Opera Maine presents original, creative, and inspiring productions.

Kennebec Explorers Day Camp: Week 2

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

For rising 2nd - 5th grade students: Kennebec Explorers Day Camp will foster your child’s exploration of earth and ocean sciences through creative hands-on learning and fun.

Boatshop Workshop: Building an Adirondack Chair

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Join us in the historic Percy & Small Shipyard at the museum for our third-annual outdoor Adirondack chair class! Learn to build your own Adirondack chair using the same cedar that the Boatshop uses to plank boats. Bring a lunch or grab a bite at the Sail Shed and spend the day building, then end the day enjoying the breeze off the Kennebec while you kick back in your new chair. No woodworking experience is necessary, just a willingness to work hard and a love of comfortable chairs. Cost: members $225, nonmember $245

Kennebec Explorers Day Camp: Week 3

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

For rising 2nd - 5th grade students: Kennebec Explorers Day Camp will foster your child’s exploration of earth and ocean sciences through creative hands-on learning and fun.

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Gallery Yoga with Johnna Stanton

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

60 minute, all-ages yoga hosted in Zach Horn's new art installation Looking for Winslow Homer featuring large scale artworks and soundscapes inspired by the Maine coast.  

Kennebec Explorers Day Camp: Week 4

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

For rising 2nd - 5th grade students: Kennebec Explorers Day Camp will foster your child’s exploration of earth and ocean sciences through creative hands-on learning and fun.

Recurring

Gallery Yoga with Johnna Stanton

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

60 minute, all-ages yoga hosted in Zach Horn's new art installation Looking for Winslow Homer featuring large scale artworks and soundscapes inspired by the Maine coast.  

Andrea Doria: A Famous Sea Disaster and a Survivor’s Story

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Julia Hansen survived the famous shipwreck of the transatlantic passenger vessel, Andrea Doria, in 1956. In addition to sharing the history of this passenger vessel, Julia will recount her personal story of being rescued at sea as a young girl and provide insights to the bygone era of Atlantic passenger travel. 

Maine Maritime Museum 60th Anniversary Gala

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Join us in the Percy & Small Shipyard for one incredible evening to celebrate Maine Maritime Museum's 60th anniversary, supporting the Mary E and preservation of traditional maritime skills. This special event will feature live and silent auctions, music, dancing, dinner by Churchill Events, and more.

Kennebec Explorers Day Camp: Week 5

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

For rising 2nd - 5th grade students, Kennebec Explorers Day Camp will foster your child’s exploration of earth and ocean sciences through creative hands-on learning and fun.

Recurring

Gallery Yoga with Johnna Stanton

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

60 minute, all-ages yoga hosted in Zach Horn's new art installation Looking for Winslow Homer featuring large scale artworks and soundscapes inspired by the Maine coast.  

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