Welcome back, friends!

We are so excited to welcome guests back to the museum! Our normal hours of operation have resumed: seven days a week, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Your upcoming museum experience might be a little different than what you’re used to, but we have developed some fun new ways for you to explore Maine’s incredible maritime culture. Here’s what you can expect.

We are following all guidelines to ensure our guests have a fantastic time exploring Maine’s maritime culture! To encourage physical distancing, we’ve laid out markers set 1 fathom (6 feet) apart, designated suggested routes through spaces, and posted the maximum occupancy outside each building/exhibit space. We encourage our guests to join us in wearing cloth face coverings on campus. All interactive/hands-on components of our exhibits have been removed or disabled, and hand sanitizer is readily available. And please, WASH THOSE HANDS!

Here is a list of all of the buildings and spaces that are currently open to guests:

  • Main exhibit galleries
  • Percy & Small Shipyard
  • Kramer Blacksmith Shop
  • Paint & Treenail Shop
  • Mill and Joiner Shop
  • Small Craft Collection
  • Lobstering & the Maine Coast
  • Launching a Wooden Vessel Demonstration
  • Schooner Mary E (dockside tours)
  • Museum Store

Plus, we are excited to introduce a variety of traditional skills demonstrations outdoors in the shipyard, including blacksmithing, wood carving, building a wooden boat, milling lumber, making treenails, steam bending, and more!

Lighthouse and nature cruises are running daily from the museum! Passenger capacity is limited to 25 to comply with physical distancing guidelines, and guests must wear a face covering on the main deck and when physical distancing is not possible. Reservations are fully refundable and available here.

We have restricted the capacity of our tours to comply with the state’s guidance. Percy & Small Shipyard guided tours are offered daily at 11 am and 1 pm; and docent-guided tours of the schooner Mary E are available every day from 12-2:30 pm. We have also created an audio tour to guide your exploration of the Percy & Small Shipyard. 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 local dining options. Find a list of our currently open Business Partners here. (Food and drink are not permitted inside the galleries or historic buildings.)

We’re all in the same boat, so please join the museum crew in observing the following recommendations:

  • Wear a cloth face covering
  • Maintain 1 fathom (6 feet) of physical distance from others
  • Follow the recommended pathways through gallery spaces
  • Respect the posted capacity limits on buildings
  • Swab the deck! (Your hands. Wash your hands.)