OPEN DAILY 9:30 to 5

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Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise (1 hour)

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise Board the museum's comfortable cruise boat Merrymeeting to explore the lower Kennebec River where American shipbuilding began more than 400 years ago and continues today! Cruise up the river to Bath Iron Works and for spectacular views of the Navy's most advanced ships under construction. Downriver, enjoy a water view of the museum's historic Percy & Small Shipyard, as well as an up-close look at two of the Kennebec River's famed lighthouses: Doubling Point Light and the Kennebec Range Lights.  There's something for everyone on this cruise! Members $31; nonmembers $38; child (6-12) $21; under 6 $6 Cruise fees include museum admission.

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Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise (1 hour)

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise Board the museum's comfortable cruise boat Merrymeeting to explore the lower Kennebec River where American shipbuilding began more than 400 years ago and continues today! Cruise up the river to Bath Iron Works and for spectacular views of the Navy's most advanced ships under construction. Downriver, enjoy a water view of the museum's historic Percy & Small Shipyard, as well as an up-close look at two of the Kennebec River's famed lighthouses: Doubling Point Light and the Kennebec Range Lights.  There's something for everyone on this cruise! Members $31; nonmembers $38; child (6-12) $21; under 6 $6 Cruise fees include museum admission.

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 !

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Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise (1 hour)

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise Board the museum's comfortable cruise boat Merrymeeting to explore the lower Kennebec River where American shipbuilding began more than 400 years ago and continues today! Cruise up the river to Bath Iron Works and for spectacular views of the Navy's most advanced ships under construction. Downriver, enjoy a water view of the museum's historic Percy & Small Shipyard, as well as an up-close look at two of the Kennebec River's famed lighthouses: Doubling Point Light and the Kennebec Range Lights.  There's something for everyone on this cruise! Members $31; nonmembers $38; child (6-12) $21; under 6 $6 Cruise fees include museum admission.

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Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise (1 hour)

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise Board the museum's comfortable cruise boat Merrymeeting to explore the lower Kennebec River where American shipbuilding began more than 400 years ago and continues today! Cruise up the river to Bath Iron Works and for spectacular views of the Navy's most advanced ships under construction. Downriver, enjoy a water view of the museum's historic Percy & Small Shipyard, as well as an up-close look at two of the Kennebec River's famed lighthouses: Doubling Point Light and the Kennebec Range Lights.  There's something for everyone on this cruise! Members $31; nonmembers $38; child (6-12) $21; under 6 $6 Cruise fees include museum admission.

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Autumn Lights Cruise (2 hours)

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

See the Kennebec‘s most beautiful lighthouses in the splendor of fall! During this autumn cruise you’ll see up to six lighthouses: Doubling Point Light, the Kennebec Range Lights, Squirrel Point Light, Perkins Island Light, Pond Island Light, and Seguin Island Light. Running Monday through Thursday at 3:30 pm, October 4-21, and Saturday at 3:30 September 4-October 23. Members $35; nonmembers $43; 6-12 years $27; under 6 $6

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Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise (1 hour)

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise Board the museum's comfortable cruise boat Merrymeeting to explore the lower Kennebec River where American shipbuilding began more than 400 years ago and continues today! Cruise up the river to Bath Iron Works and for spectacular views of the Navy's most advanced ships under construction. Downriver, enjoy a water view of the museum's historic Percy & Small Shipyard, as well as an up-close look at two of the Kennebec River's famed lighthouses: Doubling Point Light and the Kennebec Range Lights.  There's something for everyone on this cruise! Members $31; nonmembers $38; child (6-12) $21; under 6 $6 Cruise fees include museum admission.

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Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise (1 hour)

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise Board the museum's comfortable cruise boat Merrymeeting to explore the lower Kennebec River where American shipbuilding began more than 400 years ago and continues today! Cruise up the river to Bath Iron Works and for spectacular views of the Navy's most advanced ships under construction. Downriver, enjoy a water view of the museum's historic Percy & Small Shipyard, as well as an up-close look at two of the Kennebec River's famed lighthouses: Doubling Point Light and the Kennebec Range Lights.  There's something for everyone on this cruise! Members $31; nonmembers $38; child (6-12) $21; under 6 $6 Cruise fees include museum admission.

Charlie Burden Collection: Beyond the Exhibit

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

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

Artist Workshop: Letter Boxes

Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St, Bath, ME

In celebration of print media featured in Broadside: The Power of Print in the Maritime World, join Portland-based print artist Crystal Cawley in a hands-on workshop transforming 2D paper into 3D sculpture. Paper can be manipulated in many ways to create 3-D structures – for example by cutting, rolling, gluing, and stitching. Using letterpress patterned papers and linen thread, workshop participants will create one of the simplest forms – a cylindrical box with a fitted lid. Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, memory, and loss, and draws on various traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing. She teaches in the Continuing Studies program at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and is an artist member of Portland's Pickwick Independent Press, a printmaking collective. She has shown her work around the US and in England, Greece, and Japan. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library; Columbia University Library; The Library of Congress; Maine Women Writers Collection; MOMA/Franklin Furnace Artists’ Book Collection; the Smithsonian Institution Graphic Arts Collection at the National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the Munakata Shiko Museum, Aomori, Japan, among others. She has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. $18 members; $23 nonmembers Price includes all materials and museum admission

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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

Maine Maritime Museum