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Address: 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930-5004
Phone Number: +1 978-281-0470
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Maritime Gloucester is Cape Ann's destination for maritime fun with...

Maritime Gloucester is Cape Ann's destination for maritime fun with facilities located on Gloucester's historic harbor. You can get inspired by the wonders of marine life, learn about the area's rich maritime heritage, meet ocean creatures, talk to a schooner captain, and become a hands-on part of the working waterfront! A calendar of programs, schooner sails, and family-friendly weekly events, including Labor Day's Schooner Festival. Maritime Gloucester - Oceans of Discovery Open daily in the summer from 10:00 - 6:00 pm.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Maritime Gloucester's Harriet Webster Pier is currently closed to the public as a result of a major harbor clean up effort in Gloucester Harbor. For the remainder of the 2016 season, admission to Maritime Gloucester is free of charge with interactive exhibits open in the Gorton's Gallery, the Children's Room, and the Dive Locker. We have fascinating sea animals in tanks in the WetLab -- including our BLUE lobster! Shop Maritime is fully stocked with tshirts, hats, unique gifts and a large selection of maritime-themed books for the whole family. On Sept. 3rd, plan on a visit to Maritime Gloucester's Maritime Heritage Day when we'll be unveiling a new schooner exhibit to celebrate Gloucester Schooner Festival.

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Great family day outing

We brought our three grandchildren to this very nice museum of living history with live fish and models of fish. They had a great time looking for the creatures who are given a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Gloucester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We brought our three grandchildren to this very nice museum of living history with live fish and models of fish. They had a great time looking for the creatures who are given a nice home in the tanks that seemed well kept.

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Go though this museum and learn about the fishing history of Gloucester - a hard life for many, with tales of shipwrecks and sea lore aplenty. Beautiful models and displays, some working, will teach about fishing methods in the old days. There is also a nice section about weather, oceanic science, and related subjects. A VERY nice side trip.

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maritimegloucester, Public Relations Manager at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Dear yojimbo56003, Thanks so much for visiting Maritime Gloucester this fall and for taking the time to post a review! We are so pleased you enjoyed our exhibits and found them informative and engaging. In time for summer 2017, we will be opening new exhibits --including a renovated aquarium. Hope to see you here again. Happy winter! More 

Placida, Florida
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

A secret treasure that we discovered when a women who offered to take our picture at the Fisherman's Memorial told us about some places we might want to see. The next morning we drove up to the castle and were enchanted. It was built in the 1920's and was only open on weekends. Unfortunately it was Wednesday. But touring the... More 

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Nice place to visit many views of the ocean nice place to take a walk, nices restaurants near by. Good place on a warm day.

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maritimegloucester, Public Relations Manager at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Dear sued20152015, Thanks so much for visiting Maritime Gloucester this past summer and for taking the time to post a review! In time for summer 2017, we will be opening new exhibits --including a renovated aquarium. Hope to see you here again. Happy winter! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

This is a small place jammed packed with lots of info and exhibits. Great views from second floor. Reasonably priced great for the whole family. I recommend you taking the time and checking it out when you are in the area.

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maritimegloucester, Public Relations Manager at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Dear Shannon-Lee R, Thanks so much for visiting Maritime Gloucester this past summer and for taking the time to post a review! In time for summer 2017, we will be opening new exhibits --including a renovated aquarium. Hope to see you here again. Happy winter! More 

boston, ma
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188 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

This is a small museum with lots of information about the formation of the waters around Gloucester as well as the maritime history of the area. Good information and a touch tank to check out the local creatures as well. Stop in the Scuba shop below - very interesting stories there.

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maritimegloucester, Public Relations Manager at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Dear spbos14, Thanks so much for visiting Maritime Gloucester this past summer and taking the time to post a review! In time for summer 2017, we will be opening new exhibits --including a renovated aquarium. Hope to see you here again.Happy winter! More 

Massachusetts
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Great spot for kids to learn about marine life and for the family, or couples, to hang out on the gorgeous dock (same one used in the filming of the Perfect Storm). It's a very active harbor and the center gives you a good overview of the oldest seaport in the U.S. There is also a diving museum (very stinky)... More 

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maritimegloucester, Director of Programs at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Dear H C, Thanks for taking the time to review your visit to Maritime Gloucester. We are so happy you had a fun time here exploring our exhibits and walking around our harbor front site. Maybe you'll be able to visit again over Labor Day Weekend when we host the Gloucester Schooner Festival? Over 20 schooners will be participating this... More 

Beverly, Mass.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

This museum is a hidden jem, tucked away on Harbor Loop and for a long time I did not know it was there. My kids definitely enjoyed the touch tanks and the other marine tanks in the outdoor aquarium area. The interns that work there is the summer are very friendly and helpful. Although I didn't buy anything, the gift... More 

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maritimegloucester, Program Director at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Dear soxskier, Thanks for visiting us at Maritime Gloucester and taking the time to review your experience. We are so pleased that your family had an engaging time in the touch tanks exploring the local marine life with our interns. We hope you will plan another trip to visit in the summer of 2017, when we will be debuting our... More 

MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

A great place for children to experience hands on 'petting' fish while learning about the sea and what's in it and how to preserve our reasorses .

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Maritimegloucester, Director of Programs at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Dear red-red-wineMA, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your review after your visit to Maritime Gloucester! We are thrilled you had a great time visiting our touch tank aquarium and waterfront center. Wanted to pass on that we host the Gloucester Schooner Festival over Labor Day weekend. Might be the perfect time to come back! More 

Gloucester, Massachusetts
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

Waterfront viewing on the dock and into the Gloucester harbor - open to the public. If you purchase a sailing trip, the Maritime Museum admission is free and very informative, up to date, an eye-opening. Gift shop is refreshing with new merchandise. As a member, I look forward to the end of the year sale. The kids love the touch... More 

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Maritimegloucester, Director of Programs at Maritime Gloucester, responded to this review

Thanks for your recent review, WingearsheekBeach! Our touch tank aquarium and galleries will be opening for the season Memorial Day Weekend! This summer, check out our website to see what is happening daily on our waterfront site. More 

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