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POSTPONED: Volunteer Recruitment Party

Want to spend your summer on our beautiful waterfront campus meeting new people and exploring the museum?Join our awesome corps of 250+ museum volunteers! There are a variety of positions open for the 2020 season, including 1906 schooner Mary E docents, ship launching demonstrators, Donnell House docents, gallery docents, and Percy & Small Shipyard tour guides. No experience is required, and all training is provided! Join us in Long Reach Hall for an informal gathering to meet our volunteers and learn more about available opportunities.

POSTPONED: 47th Annual Albert Reed & Thelma Walker Maritime Symposium: Leadership: 200 Years of Maine Pioneers

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

Following Maine CDC's recommendation, we have decided to postpone this year's Symposium. Updated details will be posted as soon as they are available. Join us for the 47th Albert Reed and Thelma Walker Maritime Symposium examining Maine leadership on Saturday April 4, 2020. As part of the state’s bicentennial celebrations, this year’s Symposium will feature scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine what leadership means in the context of maritime Maine. This interdisciplinary program will touch on abolitionists, the Civil War, the slave trade, 20th century medicine, steamships, the Navy, the War of 1812, and Maine’s lobster fishery. Advance registration is required, tickets will not be available at the door. An optional boxed lunch can be ordered during registration; attendees are also free to go off-site to enjoy Bath’s restaurants for lunch. Boxed lunches must be ordered in advance. Generously sponsored by: Lincoln Paine   Schedule 8:30-9:00 AM Check-in and Coffee Reception 9:00 AM Opening Remarks 9:30 AM John Brown Russwurm (1799-1851): An Antebellum Black Leader Forged in Maine Carl Patrick Burrowes, Author, Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea 10:20-10:30 AM Break 10:30 AM Turning the Tide at Gettysburg: How Maine Saved the Union Jerry Desmond, Executive Director, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier 11:10 AM To Hang A Slaver: The Unique Case of Nathaniel Gordon Ron Soodalter, Author, Hanging Captain Gordon 12:00-1:30 PM Lunch 1:30  PM Unpacking the Black Bag in the Age of Miracles: Medicine and Modernization in the Rural Northeast, 1920s-1970s Sasha Mullally, Associate Dean, University of New Brunswick 2:10-2:20 PM Break 2:20 PM Steaming the Gulf: Maine Pioneers the Internationalization of the First High Technology John Laurence Busch, Author, Steam Coffin 3:00 PM A Tale of Two Chiefs of Naval Operations Winn Price, Local Historian 3:30 PM Captain Isaac Hull, the Navy Yard and the War of 1812 Joseph Glukert, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Historian and Museum Director 4:00-4:10 PM Break 4:10-5:00  PM Leading Maine's Lobster Industry through Changing Time Patrice McCarron, Executive Director, Maine Lobstermen's Association 5:00 PM Closing Remarks 5:00-6:30 PM Reception

Port Pals: Family Crafts Inspired by Ports Around the World

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

  Looking for fun activities for kids? Fridays this summer from 10 am to 12 pm, join us for Port Pals, for a family-friendly tour of the world’s famous sea ports. Every Friday from July 10-August 14 we will feature a different port that Maine sailors visited on their journeys. Make crafts inspired by the cultures of New England, Panama, Peru, China, Indonesia, and France. Museum educators will be on hand to answer questions and provide an up-close look at objects from the museum's collection related to these places. Complete a craft and receive a stamp in your Port Pals passport! Port Pals is FREE with admission; and FREE for members. All sessions will be held outside in the museum's historic shipyard. There is a limit of four families per session and each family will have their own assigned tables and craft supplies. Tables can accommodate up to eight family members. Due to limited capacity, preregistration is highly encouraged. To book a table for your family, call (207) 443-1316 x331, or email guestservices@maritimeme.org. Port Pals destinations include: July 10 – Boston, Massachusetts: Whale Puppets July 17 – Panama: Mola Textile Designs July 24 – Peru: Paper Plate Sea Birds July 31 – China: Paper Fan Designs August 7 – Indonesia: Wayang Puppets August 14 – France: Ship Portrait Painting Sponsored by:

Port Pals: Family Crafts Inspired by Ports Around the World

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

  Looking for fun activities for kids? Fridays this summer from 10 am to 12 pm, join us for Port Pals, for a family-friendly tour of the world’s famous sea ports. Every Friday from July 10-August 14 we will feature a different port that Maine sailors visited on their journeys. Make crafts inspired by the cultures of New England, Panama, Peru, China, Indonesia, and France. Museum educators will be on hand to answer questions and provide an up-close look at objects from the museum's collection related to these places. Complete a craft and receive a stamp in your Port Pals passport! Port Pals is FREE with admission; and FREE for members. All sessions will be held outside in the museum's historic shipyard. There is a limit of four families per session and each family will have their own assigned tables and craft supplies. Tables can accommodate up to eight family members. Due to limited capacity, preregistration is highly encouraged. To book a table for your family, call (207) 443-1316 x331, or email guestservices@maritimeme.org. Port Pals destinations include: July 10 – Boston, Massachusetts: Whale Puppets July 17 – Panama: Mola Textile Designs July 24 – Peru: Paper Plate Sea Birds July 31 – China: Paper Fan Designs August 7 – Indonesia: Wayang Puppets August 14 – France: Ship Portrait Painting Sponsored by:

Port Pals: Family Crafts Inspired by Ports Around the World

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

  Looking for fun activities for kids? Fridays this summer from 10 am to 12 pm, join us for Port Pals, for a family-friendly tour of the world’s famous sea ports. Every Friday from July 10-August 14 we will feature a different port that Maine sailors visited on their journeys. Make crafts inspired by the cultures of New England, Panama, Peru, China, Indonesia, and France. Museum educators will be on hand to answer questions and provide an up-close look at objects from the museum's collection related to these places. Complete a craft and receive a stamp in your Port Pals passport! Port Pals is FREE with admission; and FREE for members. All sessions will be held outside in the museum's historic shipyard. There is a limit of four families per session and each family will have their own assigned tables and craft supplies. Tables can accommodate up to eight family members. Due to limited capacity, preregistration is highly encouraged. To book a table for your family, call (207) 443-1316 x331, or email guestservices@maritimeme.org. Port Pals destinations include: July 10 – Boston, Massachusetts: Whale Puppets July 17 – Panama: Mola Textile Designs July 24 – Peru: Paper Plate Sea Birds July 31 – China: Paper Fan Designs August 7 – Indonesia: Wayang Puppets August 14 – France: Ship Portrait Painting Sponsored by:

Port Pals: Family Crafts Inspired by Ports Around the World

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

  Looking for fun activities for kids? Fridays this summer from 10 am to 12 pm, join us for Port Pals, for a family-friendly tour of the world’s famous sea ports. Every Friday from July 10-August 14 we will feature a different port that Maine sailors visited on their journeys. Make crafts inspired by the cultures of New England, Panama, Peru, China, Indonesia, and France. Museum educators will be on hand to answer questions and provide an up-close look at objects from the museum's collection related to these places. Complete a craft and receive a stamp in your Port Pals passport! Port Pals is FREE with admission; and FREE for members. All sessions will be held outside in the museum's historic shipyard. There is a limit of four families per session and each family will have their own assigned tables and craft supplies. Tables can accommodate up to eight family members. Due to limited capacity, preregistration is highly encouraged. To book a table for your family, call (207) 443-1316 x331, or email guestservices@maritimeme.org. Port Pals destinations include: July 10 – Boston, Massachusetts: Whale Puppets July 17 – Panama: Mola Textile Designs July 24 – Peru: Paper Plate Sea Birds July 31 – China: Paper Fan Designs August 7 – Indonesia: Wayang Puppets August 14 – France: Ship Portrait Painting Sponsored by:

Event Series Celebrate Shipbuilding with MMM and BIW

Celebrate Shipbuilding with MMM and BIW

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

In honor of Maine's bicentennial, Maine Maritime Museum and Bath Iron Works have partnered to celebrate Maine's incredible shipbuilding heritage! Sunday, August 2, and Friday, August 21, from 10 am to 2 pm, join us at the city dock at Waterfront Park in Bath -- the City of Ships - for FREE tours of the museum's flagship: the 1906 schooner Mary E. Learn about the history of shipbuilding on the Kennebec River as on-board docents tell stories from Mary E's colorful past. Representatives from BIW will be on hand to share the famed shipyard's legacy and its vision for the future. Sponsored by

Port Pals: Family Crafts Inspired by Ports Around the World

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

  Looking for fun activities for kids? Fridays this summer from 10 am to 12 pm, join us for Port Pals, for a family-friendly tour of the world’s famous sea ports. Every Friday from July 10-August 14 we will feature a different port that Maine sailors visited on their journeys. Make crafts inspired by the cultures of New England, Panama, Peru, China, Indonesia, and France. Museum educators will be on hand to answer questions and provide an up-close look at objects from the museum's collection related to these places. Complete a craft and receive a stamp in your Port Pals passport! Port Pals is FREE with admission; and FREE for members. All sessions will be held outside in the museum's historic shipyard. There is a limit of four families per session and each family will have their own assigned tables and craft supplies. Tables can accommodate up to eight family members. Due to limited capacity, preregistration is highly encouraged. To book a table for your family, call (207) 443-1316 x331, or email guestservices@maritimeme.org. Port Pals destinations include: July 10 – Boston, Massachusetts: Whale Puppets July 17 – Panama: Mola Textile Designs July 24 – Peru: Paper Plate Sea Birds July 31 – China: Paper Fan Designs August 7 – Indonesia: Wayang Puppets August 14 – France: Ship Portrait Painting Sponsored by:

Port Pals: Family Crafts Inspired by Ports Around the World

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

  Looking for fun activities for kids? Fridays this summer from 10 am to 12 pm, join us for Port Pals, for a family-friendly tour of the world’s famous sea ports. Every Friday from July 10-August 14 we will feature a different port that Maine sailors visited on their journeys. Make crafts inspired by the cultures of New England, Panama, Peru, China, Indonesia, and France. Museum educators will be on hand to answer questions and provide an up-close look at objects from the museum's collection related to these places. Complete a craft and receive a stamp in your Port Pals passport! Port Pals is FREE with admission; and FREE for members. All sessions will be held outside in the museum's historic shipyard. There is a limit of four families per session and each family will have their own assigned tables and craft supplies. Tables can accommodate up to eight family members. Due to limited capacity, preregistration is highly encouraged. To book a table for your family, call (207) 443-1316 x331, or email guestservices@maritimeme.org. Port Pals destinations include: July 10 – Boston, Massachusetts: Whale Puppets July 17 – Panama: Mola Textile Designs July 24 – Peru: Paper Plate Sea Birds July 31 – China: Paper Fan Designs August 7 – Indonesia: Wayang Puppets August 14 – France: Ship Portrait Painting Sponsored by:

Event Series Celebrate Shipbuilding with MMM and BIW

Celebrate Shipbuilding with MMM and BIW

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

In honor of Maine's bicentennial, Maine Maritime Museum and Bath Iron Works have partnered to celebrate Maine's incredible shipbuilding heritage! Sunday, August 2, and Friday, August 21, from 10 am to 2 pm, join us at the city dock at Waterfront Park in Bath -- the City of Ships - for FREE tours of the museum's flagship: the 1906 schooner Mary E. Learn about the history of shipbuilding on the Kennebec River as on-board docents tell stories from Mary E's colorful past. Representatives from BIW will be on hand to share the famed shipyard's legacy and its vision for the future. Sponsored by

Bright Night at the Museum

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

Sunday, December 13, join us to light up the holiday season! The Museum Store will be open late with unique gifts for everyone on your list - spend $50 and get a $10 coupon! The lobster trap tree is all set up and ready for selfies. Plus, check out our festive outdoor lighting display, with a nautical twist, of course. AND, from 4-5:30, bring the family for a drive-by "hi" with Santa! The Big Guy will be outside the museum's entrance chatting with families from the comfort of their cars. We are excited to serve as a drop-off site for Toys for Tots, so we invite you to bring a new, unwrapped toy (or buy one in the museum store!) to help share the holiday magic with kids in our community this year.

Plein-Air Painting in the Shipyard

It's School Vacation Week! Join the Education Team with a relaxing afternoon of painting outside in the shipyard. Many artists use Maine’s shipyards and waterways as inspiration for their canvas. We provide the canvas, the views, and the paint – you provide the creativity! Need some inspiration? Education staff will be on hand to provide information on some of Maine’s famous artists. This program is included with museum admission; while supplies last.

Charcoal Drawing in the Shipyard

It's School Vacation Week! Join the Education Team for a relaxing afternoon of charcoal drawing in the shipyard. Learn the basics of charcoal drawing and shading and learn why coal was so important to the Percy & Small Shipyard. This program is included with museum admission; while supplies last.

Unfurl: A Virtual Symposium for Undertold Maritime Voices

Maritime history and culture is rich and complex; preserved and interpreted by many prominent collecting and cultural institutions across the globe. And yet, the stories of Black mariners, the changing environment, and the indigenous peoples on whose land these institutions occupy are simultaneously rich and underrepresented. These vital stories better contextualize the present day and provide avenues for additional scholarship and research into our shared maritime heritage. As one step toward telling more inclusive stories, Maine Maritime Museum has organized an online symposium as a platform for scholars to share their work on these important topics. Invited speakers investigate and give voice to these undertold maritime stories that advance our socio-political, environmental, and economic understanding of the maritime world, past and present. Presentations include: New England Native Mariners of the 18th and 19th Century: Life on the Docks Chris Newell, Director of Education, Akomawt Educational Initiative, Former Director of the Abbe Museum Coastal Foodways and African American Maritime Heritage Kim Long, Scholar in Residence for Digital and Cultural Engagement, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC and Executive Director of The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project John Brown Russwurm (1799-1851): A Black Atlantic Leader Forged in Maine C. Patrick Burrowes, Ph.D., Historian and Retired University Administrator   This online event is FREE with a suggested minimum donation of $10. Thank you for supporting Maine Maritime Museum !

Free

Charlie Burden Collection: Beyond the Exhibit

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

Drop-in for an opportunity view artifacts and artworks from Burden Collection brought out from collection storage exclusively for this event. MMM curators will be on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge on the Burden Collection and tricks of the trade in collection care and exhibits. This event is FREE

Book Signing with Nathan Lipfert

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

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.

Museum Store Sunday

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

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!  

‘Tis the Season: A Cocktail Kickoff to the Holidays

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

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.

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

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

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.

Opera Maine Concert

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

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.

Meet the Director

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

Last year, Maine Maritime Museum named Chris Timm Executive Director. Join us for an informal coffee and Q&A to hear about what the museum has in store for 2023 & beyond!

Boatshop Yard Sale

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

For the first time, the Boatshop Yard Sale will also be on Community Day! Attention earlybirds, we will begin at 9 am! What can you expect? TOOLS! Power tools, heirloom-quality tools, woodworking and boatbuilding tools, right at the Boatshop on 263 Washington St.

Community Day

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

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.

Event Series Sensory Friendly Hours

Sensory Friendly Hours

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

We are pleased to offer a special, a quieter and more controlled environment within the Maritime History Building to welcome visitors with sensory sensitivities. During this time, we are open to the public and regular admission rates apply. 

Annual Gala & Online Auction

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

Join us in the Percy & Small Shipyard for one incredible evening to celebrate Maine Maritime Museum and support all of the work the museum does, from exhibits, lectures, and workshops, to school programs, blacksmithing, and boatbuilding skills.

Event Series Sensory Friendly Hours

Sensory Friendly Hours

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

We are pleased to offer a special, a quieter and more controlled environment within the Maritime History Building to welcome visitors with sensory sensitivities. During this time, we are open to the public and regular admission rates apply. 

Event Series Sensory Friendly Hours

Sensory Friendly Hours

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

A special, a quieter and more controlled environment within the Maritime History Building to welcome visitors with sensory sensitivities. During this time, we are open to the public and regular admission rates apply. 

Music, Masts, & Lobster Traps: A Celebration of Maine’s Lobstering Heritage

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, United States

“Music, Masts, and Lobster Traps” will be held on Sunday, August 27 at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. Special daytime events will celebrate Maine's lobstering heritage. The event will culminate in a late afternoon performance by Maine’s own The Mallett Brothers Band. During regular museum admission, 9:30am – 3:00pm: The Maine Maritime Museum is hosting special daytime activities celebrating Maine’s maritime heritage which are included with regular Museum admission. Demonstrations and educational exhibits highlighting Maine’s working waterfront heritage will include a lobster education center, a trap building demonstration, aquaculture demonstration, pogie seining exhibit, emergency survival raft and gear demonstration, Abenaki tribe drum circle and history exhibit, lobster boat, schooner, tour cruises and more! Food and drink from Long Reach Kitchen and Highroller Lobster Company will be available starting at 12pm. (MLA members who show current membership card will receive free admission to dayside activities. Concert ticket will need to be purchased separately). 3:00 - 6:30pm: Concert: Music, Masts, & Lobster Traps featuring the Mallett Brothers Band. Concert gate opens at 3pm, Maine folk artist Paddy Mills will take to the stage at 3:30 prior to the headline act, The Mallett Brothers Band. Guests with tickets to the concert event will also have access to a beer garden hosted by Mast Landing Brewery, XTRATUF, and Rugged Seas where a new, special brew honoring our maritime heritage will be unveiled. In addition, Mere Point Oyster Company will be shucking flavorful Maine oysters. Guests who wish to purchase tickets to the dayside event can do so at the Maine Maritime Museum. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance (MLCA) which, with support from the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA), is working to ensure a vibrant future for Maine’s fishing families and the communities in which they live and work. FMI: https://mlcalliance.org/events/music-masts-lobster-traps/

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