The museum is open seven days a week, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Our 20-acre, waterfront campus offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits and activities, and provides ample space to explore Maine’s maritime heritage! Here’s what you can expect.
As of May 24, 2021, masks and physical distancing are no longer required in the state of Maine.
All of our indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces are currently open. The Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library is temporarily closed. During the summer months guests can enjoy a variety of traditional skills demonstrations outdoors in the shipyard, including blacksmithing, wood carving, boatbuilding milling lumber, making treenails, steam bending, and more!
General admission tickets may be purchased at the museum. General admission is not available for purchase in advance. For cruises and programs (lecture, workshops, etc.), capacity is limited, and advanced reservations are strongly recommended. View the full calendar of upcoming cruises and events here.
Our cruise boat Merrymeeting will be running daily cruises from May 15-October 24. Then schooner Mary E will begin sailing June 4. Guided tours of the Percy & Small Shipyard are available daily from May 15 through Columbus Day. Tours of the Donnell House, dockside tours of the schooner Mary E, and a variety of traditional skills demonstrations (blackmsithing, boatbuilding, and more) are available daily throughout the summer season. If you prefer to explore our 20-acre campus on your own, use our audio tour to guide your exploration of the Percy & Small Shipyard – simply scan the QR code at the museum to enjoy the tour on your phone!
Our on-site cafe is currently closed. Guests are welcome to bring food and nonalcoholic drinks to enjoy in the shipyard or south campus. Picnic tables and trash cans/recycling are available. You are also welcome to return to the campus with your admission sticker if you’d like to visit one of our great local dining options. Find a list of our Business Partners here. (Food and drink are not permitted inside the galleries or historic buildings.)