Sidney Chase’s Eye

Illustrator, writer, painter, and photographer Sidney Marsh Chase (American, 1877-1957) contributed widely to Maine’s maritime culture. Through his annual visits to Maine’s coast, he continuously expanded his artistic vision and deepened his admiration for those living and working on the … Read more

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Broadside: The Power of Print in the Maritime World

The printed image moved ideas and beliefs faster than a clipper. From sailing cards to shellback certificates, mass-produced images shaped the maritime world. This visually rich exhibit explores the role of these prints in commerce, conflict, and leisure. Particular attention … Read more

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Sustaining Maine’s Waters: Understanding the Changing Gulf of Maine

The Gulf of Maine and its watershed are unique. They have played a large role in the state’s development and humans have played a large part in how they have changed. The first iteration of this exhibit introduces the Gulf … Read more

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A Sailor’s Treasure: Sea Chests & Curiosities

Sea chests provided a secure place for sailors to store their personal belongings—from everyday essentials to exotic curios. This exhibit examines the function and decoration of these chests and allows visitors to take a glimpse of the items that could … Read more

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We Lead: Maritime Pioneers Past & Present

In celebration of Maine’s bicentennial, join us for an inspirational look at Mainers at the forefront of exploration, innovation, and conservation. This collaborative exhibit will present Maine’s maritime heritage through the eyes of its modern leaders, chosen by partner organizations … Read more

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Interwoven: Threads of Power in the Domestic Sphere

Weaving fork. Bobbin. Pinking scissors. These tools are the extension of any weaver, embroiderer, or seamstress’s hand; as familiar as an adze or auger to a shipbuilder.  As shipwrights applied their skill in the shipyard, another realm of power and … Read more

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Donnell House

Experience what life in Bath was like during the Victorian era in the Donnell House, an 1892 shipyard owner’s home. As your tour the interior, docents will introduce you to the Donnells, one of Bath’s shipbuilding families. The house that … Read more

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Schooner Mary E

Step aboard the historic schooner Mary E and learn about her amazing history. Originally built in Bath in 1906 as a fishing schooner, she has also served as a cargo carrier, a passenger-carrying windjammer, and even rumored to have … Read more

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The Frozen Kingdom: Commerce & Pleasure in the Maine Winter

The brutal Maine winter has provided the natural resources and setting to create industries and pastimes, from ice harvesting to ice boating. Kennebec River ice was hawked as the premier grade from Queens to Cuba.… Read more

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Maritime Music

Music and the sea play in harmony. Shanties help synchronize the efforts of a ship’s crew. Patriotic marches promote commerce and the navy. Folk songs tell tales of shipwrecks and storms. This exhibit presents sheet music, instruments, and recordings that … Read more

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