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Maine Maritime Museum
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Maine Maritime Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in historic Bath, Maine. Indoors, visitors enjoy air-conditioned galleries with exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Outdoors, visitors can join a guided tour or stroll through the historic Percy & Small shipyard and see how many of the world's largest wooden sailing ships were built, learn about lobstering in the Maine, enjoy lunch under the towering sculpture of the schooner Wyoming (the largest wooden sailing vessel built in North America), watch wooden boats being built in the Boatshop, or play on a pirate ship. May through October, visitors can get an up-close view of the area's lighthouses and spectacular scenery on daily cruises, learn the story of Bath Iron Works from shipyard insiders, and tour the Victorian-era home of the Donnell shipbuilding family. Open year round.
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Love visiting Bath..an old, maritime town. Museum has a nice collection and interesting facts about maritime history.

Thank Paula D
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"blacksmith shop"
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"nautical history"
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"great exhibits"
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"wonderful place to visit"
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

Nice gem of a museum! Although we've visited several maritime museums, this one taught us many new things about ship building, especially how dangerous and difficult the working conditions were for the men who built wooden ships. Allow yourself a few hours to see everything.

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Maybe I'm a little biased because I'm a maritimer and my career has been in shipbuilding, but this museum is excellent. It's ON the actual property where the Percy & Small yard was. The giant piece of art is an actual depiction of the Wyoming; a six masted schooner built to carry bulk coal. Is was built to the exact size of the vessel while on the slipway. Being in the shipbuilding industry, I'm used to large vessels and their scale, but seeing the physical size of the wood sailing vessels (as depicted by the art) built there was amazing. So seeing the scale to which they built these ships, on the site they built them, was awesome. The entire museum is filled with artifacts, stories, and exhibits to convey how shipbuilding and seafaring was in the "old days" (predominantly 1800's trade).

I say I have to return in the summer because sadly, the exhibits outside the main museum building were closed for safety reasons. Understandable, but I would've like to get into them. One in particular was the mould loft; where they would fashion the framing. Well, I guess it's an excuse to stop in during the summer. The staff was extremely nice as well.

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Reviewed 31 December 2013

I went to college in the area, but never visited this museum until recently. It was a great learning experience if you like maritime history. We also did the short boat tour of the Kennebec River, which was lovely.

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Reviewed 8 December 2013

I found myself in Bath, Maine for the weekend and decided a trip to the Maritime Museum would be interesting....and then I realized how important the museum is to understanding about Bath Iron Works, to realize that commercial sailing vessels ruled the ocean, until steam came along, for the years 1850s-1920's, and that on the site of the museum were 3 very busy shipyards turning out approximately 185 ships. Definitely a must if you want to get really excited about being in Bath. I bought a couple of antique books in the gift store and a couple of recently released. Staff at the museum was very helpful and I spent several very happy hours visiting.

Thank PanamaMLE
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