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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Charles Robert Patterson’s Henry B. Hyde

The accomplished marine painter Charles Robert Patterson painted a narrative series of four paintings of the Downeaster Henry B. Hyde. These paintings were commissioned by John Holmes Hyde—a man who had sold his family’s shipbuilding business—to decorate his Elmhurst … Read more

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Shipwrecks & Salvage

Wrecks and abandoned hulks of historic vessels dot the coast of Maine. Seventy-five years ago visible hulks like Wiscasset’s Hesper and Luther Little were a common sight.Twenty-five years ago they were a novelty. Now they are a rarity. This immersive … Read more

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A Maritime History of Maine

Our core exhibit gives the visitor a broad overview of Maine maritime history. Our core exhibit uses more than 240 objects to give the viewer a general idea of Maine maritime history.… Read more

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A Shipyard in Maine: Percy & Small and the Great Schooners

Maine Maritime Museum includes a unique historic site. The Percy & Small Shipyard at Maine Maritime Museum is America’s only surviving shipyard site where large wooden sailing vessels were built… Read more

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