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Address: 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930-5004
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+1 978-281-0470

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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Lots of history about fishing and the start of the Coast Guard. This is a must see when in the area.

Reviewed 15 October 2014
Martins Creek, Pennsylvania
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Martins Creek, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 October 2014

Lots of history about fishing and the start of the Coast Guard. This is a must see when in the area.

Thank ehubbard
Montgomery, Alabama
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

Great place to learn the fishing history of Gloucester. Lots of interactive and hands on experiences to choose from. Right on the docks so you can see the Schooners come and go.

Thank PlantationDon
Beverly, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2014

It is worth a visit with young kids, they are able to learn and hold some of the sea life that is found locally. The staff is great, friendly and informative. They also offer other activities and drop in classes. My grandchildren ages 3 and 5 love it.

Thank Linda D
Smithsburg, Maryland
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 August 2014

On Harbor Loop, there's a little maritime discovery center. Got to hold Lobster, Hermit crabs, spider crab, and best of all starfish and sea urchin. Really neat for the kids. They loved it!

1 Thank Marina B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2014

The museum had some interesting facts and a small hands on aquarium. Nothing sensational but worth a quick stop.

Thank Jake577105
Saranac Lake, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Great hands on fun with able to touch a live skeet, starfish, sand dollar, among others. They also saw and tried to identify different types of live plankton they made slides for and looked at on computer screens. The educators were informative and great with all ages of children. It is a small but fun museum and well worth it.

1 Thank Joy C
Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014

We learned so much of the maritime history of this town and area during our visit to this heritage center.

Thank John P
Arcata, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2014

My sister and I arrived before the season began. The door of Maritime Gloucester was ajar, but they hadn't really opened yet. Nevertheless, the friendly staff who were there let us come in and wander around looking at the exhibits and informative maps. They really educated me on fishing not just out of Gloucester, but throughout the various fishing grounds... More 

Thank griggs2000
Gloucester, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The mini aquarium provides a lot of amusement for kids 7 and under. The center hosts a number of great lectures for adults and offers a number of camps for kids during school breaks. A local gem.

Thank SoundBabe
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2013

The staff is really nice and are very interested in there job, they are always happy. Theres amazing views and always wild life around or in there aquamarine

2 Thank sunny g

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