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.
OPEN DAILY 9:30 to 5
Daisy Braun, a featured artist in Uncharted: Maine Artists | Maine Waters exhibition series, will discuss her inspirations and process in designing her current installation, Meeting the Current. Daisy's monumental sculptures inspired by microscopic plankton species brings attention to the delicate balance of ocean eco-systems and our dependence on their survival. Her creativity is inspired by conversations with real-world conservation and oceanographic scientists studying the Gulf of Maine.
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
Diana Greenwald, Lunder Curator of American Art at the Smithsonian's Freer & Sackler Galleries, and former Curator of American Art at Portland Museum of Art, will discuss the importance of the Maine coast in inspiring Winslow Homer's prints and paintings and the impact his artist had in shaping the legacy of American art.
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.
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.
This talk examines the flexible definition (and boundaries) of "India" throughout the centuries, as well as the complexities associated with authenticity. This relates both to the long legacy of forgeries and fakes produced in South Asia, as well as the problems inherent in Western collectors' ambitions to acquire authentic portrayals of the region and its peoples. These issues all beg the question of how best to categorize objects that, from their origin and by their nature, belie simple classification.
Give your child (rising 6th - 8th grade) a chance of a lifetime to learn what it took to be a mariner in the Golden Age of Sail! Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) and Maine’s First Ship (MFS) have teamed up to design and lead this week-long experience of the life, skill, and adventure of Maine mariners and boatbuilders, past and present
Pints on the Pier is back! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us in the historic Percy & Small Shipyard to sample some of Maine's best beers, ciders, and more! Grab some grub from the on-site food trucks and take in the late summer sunset along the Kennebec River. Plus, cornhole, live music , and more. Ticket fee includes all beer samples and a commemorative glass*.
Bath resident and professional photographer Benjamin Williamson will share a variety of images, mostly local scenes, and the stories behind them. A lifelong fascination with weather and nature combined with a keen interest in man-made landscapes and human stories have resulted in a catalog of images that capture Maine at its most beautiful, sometimes terribly so. His photos have graced the covers and pages of many issues of Down East Magazine, where he was the photo editor and staff photographer for the last 6 years.
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. All ages welcome.
This solid three-legged pine stool has no fasteners and is held together only with tight joinery (and a lick of wood glue). It is perfect for sitting by the fire, working in the home shop, or as a perch for your cat. No woodworking experience is necessary to build this beautiful and functional work of art -- over 200 have been built by our 5th to 8th-grade boatbuilding students. November 9 & 10, 5-8pm Cost: members $93; nonmembers $113
During your visit, drop by the museum history building for a 15-mniute lesson with one of our museum educators! Appropriate for the whole family. In this program, visitors will be learning basic anatomy and adaptations of the whales that we see in the Gulf of Maine. They will also learn why the Gulf of Maine draws whales to feed every summer, and how they are connected in the Gulf of Maine food web.
During your visit, drop by the museum history building for a 15-mniute lesson with one of our museum educators! Appropriate for the whole family. In this program, visitors will be interacting with a model as they learn about the benefits of salt marshes as well as impacts of human activity and pollution on different water ecosystems.
Maine has a long history of fishing from salmon and trout to whales and lobster. The fishing industry has evolved over the years and Maine has evolved with it. Come and learn about the fish that can be found from the Kennebec River to the Gulf of Maine and take part in a traditional printing technique from our sister town of Shariki, Japan.
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. All ages welcome. This program will be hosted outside on museum grounds. Please wear appropriate winter gear.
Being a sailor involved living at sea for years at a time. While it was adventurous and exciting, there could also be times of stillness. Whalers might have gone months without seeing a whales or port. So, what would a sailor do with all of that downtime? Come learn about a sailor’s life on the boats that sailed the world. Try your hand at carving scrimshaw or learning to tie knots.
Come explore the microscopic world of plankton. The basis of our food web and responsible, in part, for the air we breathe, these microscopic organisms can be found in the waters of the Kennebec. Learn how to collect them and find them under a microscope. Then, use your knowledge to create you own plankton model in a race to the bottom.