OPEN DAILY 9:30 to 5

The Effect of Climate Change on Maine’s Infamous Winters

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Maine State Climatologist, Sean Birkel, focuses his research on finding ways to effectively model changes in the local climate and artic ice sheets. Sean will translate his data and observations to reveal how and why Maine’s winters are evolving and their effect on Maine’s tourism and industry.

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

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

POSTPONED: Schooner Bowdoin: From Arctic Explorer to Maritime Teacher

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Eric Jergensen, Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy, shares his knowledge of navigation on board the historic arctic schooner, Bowdoin, with new generation of students. Eric will share Bowdoin’s history in the icy arctic and the vessel’s present role as an educational classroom.

POSTPONED: Suddenly in Command

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

This is the ideal course for those who enjoy boating but are not often at the helm. Boating problems and emergencies can occur, and you may find yourself suddenly in command. How can you get help? How can you get to shore? What can you do if boating mishaps arise? This course covers some essential boating information about what to do in these situations.Topics include pre-underway planning, developing situational awareness, understanding how boats handle, VHF radio introduction including  how to get help in an emergency, Coast Guard required safety equipment and regulations, and accident assessment and reporting. This course is taught by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. This class meets Monday, April 27, 2020 and Wednesday, April 29, 2020  from 6 - 8 pm. All required materials are included in the course fee.                                                      

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Six Rivers of Merrymeeting Bay (3 hours)

The namesake of our cruise boat, Merrymeeting Bay is a unique confluence of six Maine rivers, all converging to form a truly rare ecosystem. Pass through the swirling eddies of Chops Point into the serenity of the bay, one of the best places in the state to view bald eagles and waterfowl. Sunday, 3:30 pm, May 17-October 4. Members $39; nonmembers $48; 6-12 years $30; under 6 $6

Father’s Day Cruise on the Kennebec

Linwood E. Temple Waterfront Park 61 Commercial St., Bath, ME

Skip the ties and treat Dad to something he'll actually like this Father's Day! Board Maine Maritime Museum's cruise boat Merrymeeting at the Bath city dock for a relaxing one-hour cruise on the Kennebec River. Dads can kick back and enjoy great views of the City of Ships and Bath Iron Works while sipping on a complimentary soda, beer, or wine. After returning to the dock, walk to one of Bath's great restaurants for dinner; we'll even give you a coupon for 20% off one entree (up to $20) at J.R. Maxwell's. And did we mention Dads are FREE with a paid adult or kid's ticket?! (Under 6 ticket excluded. Dads receive one complimentary drink ticket.) Total cruise capacity is reduced to 20 passengers Guests must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet while onboard Guest must observe the deck capacities as determined by the crew Face coverings must be worn on the main deck and when physical distancing is not possible Hand sanitizer is available on board Out-of-state passengers must have quarantined for 14 days prior to boarding vessel or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Maine

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Lighthouse Lovers Cruise

See up to 10 of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses: Doubling Point Light, Kennebec Range Lights, Squirrel Point Light, Perkins Island Light, Pond Island Light, Seguin Island Light, Cuckolds Light, Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light, and Hendricks Head Light. Running Saturday at 3:30 pm, May 18-October 5. Members $43; nonmembers $53; 6-12 years $35; under 6 $6 Total cruise capacity is reduced to 20 passengers Guests must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet while onboard Guest must observe the deck capacities as determined by the crew Face coverings must be worn on the main deck and when physical distancing is not possible Hand sanitizer is available on board Out-of-state passengers must have quarantined for 14 days prior to boarding vessel or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Maine

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Online Auction

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Support the museum and snag some fun, one-of-a-kind items and experiences in our 2020 Online Auction! Bidding is open now - the auction includes a wide range of items with starting bids from $20 to $720. Proceeds support the schooner Mary E and traditional skills programming.

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Port Pals: Family Crafts Inspired by Ports Around the World

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

  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:

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Mini Cruises for Mini Mariners

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

A special 30-minute cruise for our youngest sailors! These Saturday morning mini cruises depart from the Bath city dock at Linwood E. Temple Waterfront Park. See the City of Ships and Bath Iron Works from the water; cruise under the Carlton Bridge, and into the Sasanoa River, where you might spot the ospreys and eagles that live in the area. After returning to the dock, grab some goods at the Bath Farmer's Market or do a little shopping downtown. Capacity is limited to 20 guests, book your seats now! Saturdays July 18, July 25, and August 1 at 9:30 and 10:30 am. Adults $10; 12 and under $5 Sponsored by:

Folk Art Rug Hooking

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Like all old-fashioned crafts, rug hooking is low-tech, simple and lots of fun. Learn the sequence and procedure of rug hooking, from start to finish. Every step will be demonstrated and no previous skill is required. Rug Cooker Janet Connor will discuss the history and tradition of primitive rug hooking,finding and preparing materials, and research Students will choose from a variety of simple folk art designed rug hooking kits, for a small mat or chair pad, purchased directly from the instructor. Each rug hooking kit will include everything needed: hook, instructions, design suggestions, binding burlap, hoop and a selection of heirloom and hand-dyed wools. If you have a favorite pair of sharp fabric scissors, please bring these to class. There is an additional materials fee ranging from $41-$60, depending on the kit chosen. Fee is to be paid directly to instructor on the day of the workshop. Janet Connor is an avid rug hooker who has been pulling loops since 1979. Graduating from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, she spent 30 years teaching Elementary Art in southern Maine. She now teaches rug hooking throughout the East Coast and Canada with a specific focus on art history, linking both folk and fine art. Connor also restores historic hooked rugs and has co-authored the defining history and catalogue of Hutchinson hooked rugs. This workshop is part of the Donnell Family Forum, a series of exhibits, workshops, and lectures inspired by the lives of the Donnells, a 19th century family whose home is now a part of Maine Maritime Museum.

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Celebrate Shipbuilding with MMM and BIW

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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

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 first-ever outdoor Adirondack chair class!  Learn to build your own Adirondack chair using durable cedar. Bring a lunch 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. All materials are included.

Boatshop Workshop: Glued Lapstrake Kayak Building

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Work for one week in the Boatshop to build your very own kayak! This class uses commercially-made stitch and glue kits by Chesapeake Light Craft; several styles are available. The workshop will be taught by kayak designer Eric Schade who designs boats for Chesapeake Light Craft and has taught boatbuilding classes throughout the country. Kits will be purchased separately; prices range from $700-$1500 per kit depending on the model. For more information about the class, and to discuss the models available, please email boatshop@maritimeme.org. Workshop runs Monday, August 24 through Saturday, August 29 from 8 am to 4 pm daily.

Stories from the Sea: Fishing Communities Revealed with Natalie Springuel

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

The presentation will occur remotely and be screened live in Maine Maritime Museum’s Long Reach Hall. Scattered among Maine’s coastal communities, in historical societies, museums, libraries, community radio stations and schools, the voices of Maine’s fishing community members have been recorded for posterity. These voices can illustrate the past and help us plan for the future. With ecological shifts happening today as a result of climate change and other drivers, the local fisheries knowledge contained in Maine’s rich oral history archives is a critical source of information about ecology and coastal communities. But not if the recordings are sitting on shelves collecting dust. This talk will reflect an effort to bring those stories to life. Through audio clips past and present, maps, diagrams, timelines, and photos, the project aims to highlight fishermen and community voices so they can be useful for decision-making, community development and cultural heritage. Natalie Springuel has been a marine extension associate with University of Maine Sea Grant since 2000. Based at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, her extension programs address working waterfronts and coastal access, fisheries heritage, and sustainable tourism planning. She is the coordinator of the Downeast Fisheries Trail, a founder of the National Working Waterfront Network, and host of the award winning public affairs show on WERU Community Radio called Coastal Conversations.

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Mini Cruises for Mini Mariners

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

A special 30-minute cruise for our youngest sailors! These Saturday morning mini cruises depart from the Bath city dock at Linwood E. Temple Waterfront Park. See the City of Ships and Bath Iron Works from the water; cruise under the Carlton Bridge, and into the Sasanoa River, where you might spot the ospreys and eagles that live in the area. After returning to the dock, grab some goods at the Bath Farmer's Market or do a little shopping downtown. Capacity is limited to 20 guests, book your seats now! Saturday, September 5, 9:30 and 10:30 am. Adults $10; 12 and under $5 Sponsored by:

Cultivating Leadership on Maine’s Islands

Online Event

A presentation on cultivating youth leadership in education, research and technology, through the Island Institute's Island Fellows Program. The Island Institute is a pioneer in cultivating Maine's island and coastal communities. Their initiatives in building leadership, as well as economic and environmental sustainability, bring opportunity and support to these unique cultures. Karen Burns, Chief Talent Officer, will provide insight into these island communities and the Island Institute's Island Fellows Program, which places recent college graduates in multi-year fellowships among Maine's island communities. Burns will share some inspiring stories of the program's success in cultivating youth leadership in education, research and technology. This event will be held online, via Zoom. Members $3; nonmembers $5

Shibori & Indigo Dyeing, Talk and Demonstration

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Kathleen Goddu, a featured artist in the Interwoven exhibit, will host a lecture and demonstration of traditional Japanese Shibori (indigo-dyed fabric) techniques and the indigo dyeing process. Goddu will introduce the cultural and economic importance of indigo to Japanese culture and textile arts that inspired beautiful textile traditions that continue to influence today’s fashions. Attendees will have the opportunity to view examples of historic Japanese textiles and Goddu’s shibori fabrics up-close. This workshop is part of the Donnell Family Forum, a series of exhibits, workshops, and lectures inspired by the lives of the Donnells, a 19th century family whose home is now a part of Maine Maritime Museum.  

New England Coast Guard Stories: Remarkable Mariners

In this online, interactive lecture, author-journalist Dyke Hendrickson presents on his book, New England Coast Guard Stories: Remarkable Mariners. A former editor and reporter with the Portland Press Herald and the Central Maine Morning Sentinel of Waterville, Mr. Hendrickson is the recipient of several writing awards. He has resided in several Maine seaside communities and although he now lives in Newburyport, MA, he is a historian with the Merrimack River Watershed Council and continues to speak, via Zoom, to clubs, associations, and historical gatherings on the history of the Coast Guard and the Merrimack River. In addition to his work in Maine, he has been a writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Boston Herald and as a contributor to USA Today, the Boston Globe and Tennis magazine. Mr. Hendrickson's book, New England Coast Guard Stories: Remarkable Mariners, is available to purchase both in the Maine Maritime Museum store or in addition to your ticket to this online presentation.

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Boatshop Workshop: Shaker Box Making

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

The Shakers are famous for their simple and elegant designs, and the Shaker oval box is no exception. Over two sessions in the Boatshop, you'll build a set of three nesting oval boxes using boatbuilding techniques such as clinch nailing and steam bending. No experience is required; this class is a fantastic introduction to woodworking.  Boxes are made from cherry and cedar and all materials are provided. There are two workshops scheduled:  August 12 & 13, 2020 from 1-4 pm, and December 9 & 10, 2020 from 5-8 pm.

Bright Night at the Museum

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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.

“Unboxing” A Sailor’s Treasure: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

Maine Maritime Museum's new exhibit, A Sailor's Treasure: Sea Chests & Curiosities, provides a peek inside the sailor's sea chest - a place where both the essential and the exotic were stowed while at sea. Join Chief Curator Christopher Timm as he shares how the exhibit came to fruition, the stories behind some of the artifacts, and a look at objects from the collection that had to be left unpacked.   Members $3; nonmembers $5 This is a Zoom event.

Did X Ever Really Mark the Spot? Piracy in Popular Culture

Perhaps none have had a greater influence on our collective imagination of pirates as Robert Louis Stevenson. The Muppets, Disney, N.C. Wyeth, and countless others have shaped popular ideas of piracy based on Stevenson's Treasure Island. Walk the plank with Maine Maritime Museum's Assistant Curator, Paul Fuller, for a fun and lighthearted peek at some popular piracy myths and an examination of the map of how we got here in the first place.   Members $3; nonmembers $5 This is a Zoom event.

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Valentine’s Day Weekend at the Museum!

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Looking for creative ways to celebrate the one you love this year? Bring your sweetheart to the museum for Valentine's Day and enjoy 2-for-1 admission February 13 & 14! We'll also be offering 20% off some of our favorite gifts in the museum store - and if you spend $25, you'll receive a FREE bag of Bixby chocolates*! Snap a pic in our Valentine's-themed photobooth and take home a  postcard featuring vintage Valentines from our collection to send to someone you love. *while supplies last

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Valentine’s Day Weekend at the Museum!

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Looking for creative ways to celebrate the one you love this year? Bring your sweetheart to the museum for Valentine's Day and enjoy 2-for-1 admission February 13 & 14! We'll also be offering 20% off some of our favorite gifts in the museum store - and if you spend $25, you'll receive a FREE bag of Bixby chocolates*! Snap a pic in our Valentine's-themed photobooth and take home a  postcard featuring vintage Valentines from our collection to send to someone you love. *while supplies last

Wardrobe Wonderment: A Glimpse at Apparel and Adornment

Raid the closet with Maine Maritime Museum's Collections Manager, Kelly Page, for a head-to-toe exploration of occupational garments, imported dress, and some items of surprising composition. See how materials, origins, and purposes reflected in MMM's textile and personal accessory collections weave threads in a number of historical narratives including material culture, technology, fashion, and globalization.   Members $3; nonmembers $5 This is a Zoom event.  

Estuary Habitats at Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Located just downriver from the nearly 20,000-square-mile watershed of Merrymeeting Bay, Maine Maritime Museum's 20-acre campus is home to an array of animal species and their habitats. In this 90-minute program families will explore the gardens, fields, and riverbanks that comprise MMM's campus, identifying tracks, studying habitats and learning the importance of protecting Maine's diverse ecology. In this program, families will create and share their own species of animal in a fun, active and educational game. All ages are welcome--content level is appropriate for ages 3+. This program will be hosted outside on museum grounds. Please wear appropriate winter gear. Masks are required for everyone 5 years and older and strongly encouraged for those 2-4. Space is limited to 16 participants. Preregistration is advised to guarantee availability.   STEAMbox Family Workshops are designed to integrate STEM and creative arts skills into a cohesive and hands-on learning experience.

Toboggan Building Class

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

This winter, join us in the Boatshop to build your own classic wooden toboggan! This class is open to groups of up to three people to allow plenty of open space for all; only three spots are available. Groups will build an 8-foot toboggan over two evenings using boatbulding techniques like steam-bending, riveting and ropework. No experience is required. Class runs for two Wednesday evenings, February 24 and March 3, from 5-8 pm in the museum's Boatshop.

Sailor Souvenirs: Tides of Cultural Exchange

Sarah Timm, Manager of Interpretation at Maine Maritime Museum, will discuss objects from MMM's collection that were collected by 19th century Maine captains and crews during their stops in ports around the world during a period of rapid globalized trade. The souvenirs Maine sailors chose to bring home often tell us more about an American worldview than the cultures they are intended to represent. Explore themes of authenticity, cultural appropriation, and the effects of cultural exchange by tracing how these souvenirs transformed in meaning and function once they arrived to American shores.   Members $3; nonmembers $5 This is a Zoom event.

Volunteer Recruitment Informational Zoom Session

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Looking for something to do this summer? Maine Maritime Museum is searching for new volunteers to serve fun and exciting roles for the 2021 season. With outdoor, indoor, and independent opportunities available, the museum has offerings to suit everyone’s interests. Museum staff will deliver full training courses both in-person and remotely, so there’s no prior experience necessary. Volunteering at Maine Maritime Museum is a fun way to make new friends, learn new skills, and give back to the community. This live Zoom event will offer a chance for anyone interested in volunteering to learn more about our various opportunities. The Volunteer Coordinator and active members of MMM's Volunteer Staff will be present for sharing info and answering questions. To join, contact Volunteer Coordinator Luke Milardo at 443-1316 ext. 325 or milardo@maritimeme.org

SOLD OUT Build Your Own Mini Sea Chest

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Ships are cramped spaces and sailors had little room to store their personal things, usually no bigger than a suitcase. This hands-on learning workshop will sharpen your family's math and creative skills. Together, families will learn about what sailors took on their long journeys and how they personalized their chests to reflect their adventures. Then families will work together to construct and decorate their own mini sea chests. All ages are welcome--content level is appropriate for ages 5+. Space is limited to 16 participants. Preregistration is advised to guarantee availability. Masks are required for everyone 5 years and older, and strongly encouraged for those aged 2-4. Tickets include museum admission. STEAMbox Family Workshops are designed to integrate STEM and creative arts skills into a cohesive and hands-on learning experience.

Volunteer Recruitment Event in the Shipyard

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Looking for something to do this summer? Maine Maritime Museum is searching for new volunteers to serve fun and exciting roles for the 2021 season. With outdoor, indoor, and independent opportunities available, the museum has offerings to suit everyone’s interests. Museum staff will deliver full training courses both in-person and remotely, so there’s no prior experience necessary. Volunteering at Maine Maritime Museum is a fun way to make new friends, learn new skills, and give back to the community. Interested new volunteers will gain free admission to our shipyard to experience all that our volunteer opportunities offer. Current volunteers will provide outdoor tours, demonstrations, and presentations that showcase their roles and explain what makes MMM such a great place to serve. To join, contact Volunteer Coordinator Luke Milardo at 443-1316 ext. 325 or milardo@maritimeme.org

Making Sail: Canvas Ditty Bags

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Made primarily of sailcloth, a sailor's ditty bag was crafted using all the techniques essential to the art of Sailmaking. Join Mike Bartles, co-owner of M&H Bartles, Sailmakers, to explore the fundamental hand-work that once drove the world's commerce across the globe as you create your very own canvas ditty bag. Learn how to stich, sew and splice with an experienced sailmaker, catching a glimpse of the trade as it was practiced throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Mike Bartles learned the fundamentals of sailmaking during his time at Mystic Seaport Museum and went on to lead the maintenance of the museum's sails. In 2013, Mike joined the crew of Nathaniel Wilson's sail loft where he had the opportunity to work on a suit of sails for the Charles W. Morgan restoration. Mike opened his own sail loft, M&H Bartles, Sailmaking, in 2018 in Boothbay Harbor. Workshop will be held in Maine Maritime Museum's Boatshop. Capacity is limited to 12 participants. Masks are required.

Creative Writing with Ship Logs and Sea Journals

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

From shipwrecks and piracy to foreign ports and the wide open sea, the experiences of those who lived aboard sailing vessels have inspired some of the best fiction in American history. In this two-hour workshop we will look closely at a selection of ship logs and sailors' journals from Maine Maritime Museum's collection, using our imaginations to give these first-hand accounts new life. Coupled with the backdrop of the historic shipyard and the remnants of the clipper ship, Snow Squall, these journals will inspire children and adults alike to create a piece of writing based on maritime journeys long ago. Participants will have the opportunity to share their writing with the group in a positive workshop setting. All ages are welcome--content level is appropriate for ages 5+. Space is limited to 16 participants. Preregistration is advised to guarantee availability. Masks are required for everyone 5 years and older, and strongly encouraged for ages 2-4. Tickets include museum admission.   STEAMbox Family Workshops are designed to integrate STEM and creative arts skills into a cohesive and hands-on learning experience.

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.

Empty Hand, Empty Brush: A Calligraphy Workshop

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Countless mariners sailed on Bath-built ships around the world including trips through Asia. They returned with items of cultural significance to display in their homes, to give as gifts and to commemorate their adventures, thus introducing Eastern art forms such as traditional calligraphy in the west. We will explore how this has continued to evolve and merge with contemporary art concepts into exciting and dynamic new forms. This workshop will demonstrate how East-West calligraphy is a type of meditation and also a discipline in centering--starting from the correct postural alignment of the spine, to preparing calligraphic ink, holding the brush correctly as an extension of the arm and executing brush strokes in oneness. Learn how to sense your internal energy through Qi-Gong and Tai Chi exercises and apply this awareness to free-flowing calligraphic art, besides demonstrating traditional Eastern calligraphic paintings. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to integrate mindfulness and creative expression. Experienced artists and beginners welcome! For those who wish to do brush work during the workshop, rice paper, brushes, ink stone and sticks are available for an additional modest fee. For materials please contact the artist at kichunglizee9@gmail.com. This is an in-person event in Maine Maritime Museum's Long Reach Hall.  

Build Your Own Recyclable Materials Boat

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Learn why things float by building your own mini-boat out of recyclable materials. Learn about and experiment with concepts such as density, buoyancy, and displacement as you test your creations in our water lab! Space is limited to 16 participants. Preregistration is advised to guarantee availability. Masks are required for everyone 5 years and older, and strongly encouraged for those aged 2-4. Tickets include museum admission. STEAMbox Family Workshops are designed to integrate STEM and creative arts skills into a cohesive and hands-on learning experience.

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Shipyard Concert Series

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Maine Maritime Museum is excited to partner with our friends at the Chocolate Church Arts Center for The Shipyard Concert Series! The CCAC will present five live shows (May-June) outside in the museum's historic Percy & Small Shipyard. Book a ticket to any of these amazing shows and you'll have the opportunity to add on admission to the museum (after 2 pm) for just $5! May 8: The Mallett Brothers Band May 22: Scott Moreau May 29: Studio Two - The Beatles Tribute June 19: David Mallett June 26: Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations

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