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“A Fascinating Museum”

Maine Maritime Museum
Ranked #1 of 12 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 August 2, 2018 via mobile

Friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Cafe available. Tour is included in the admission price. Overflow parking and RV parking is available. Set aside several hours to visit. Boat rides are an additional fee. Membership is available. Air-conditioned museum. Dress appropriately for the outdoors. Save receipt for “free” admission to the museum within the same week. The tour guides and docents are FANTASTIC.

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Reviewed July 30, 2018

Great exhibits, tours and very informative staff. Plan on at least 2-3 hours.....more if possible. Do not miss this if you are in Bath.

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Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful time touring this Museum as a family. The history behind the shipbuilding in this area is very interesting. There were many models of boats built here. I loved seeing the other buildings which housed items used in building large ships. This is a mariner’s dream place to visit.

Thank Mary V
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

We stopped here on our way to Bar Harbor, wanted to get lunch, see the shipyard and visit the Museum.

The museum has an extensive set of information, paintings and descriptive items regarding ship building in this area. The museum stated that there has been over 5,000 ships of all sizes & shapes built locally since the area was first settled !

As we departed the Museum, we were able to drive by the Shipyard where they are constructing several Navy Zumwalt-class destroyers.

Parking is pretty good here.

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Reviewed July 15, 2018

We booked this tour to get a water view of the various lighthouses in the area. And, we were more than pleased with the boat, crew, and the views of numerous lighthouses and scenery in the bay and surrounding waterways. The members of the crew were knowledgeable and friendly. The tour boat was clean and provided good viewing locations both on top [outside] and below [inside]. What a great tour. The captain took the boat on a circular route through the Kennebec Waterway and Boothbay Harbor. We saw ten lighthouses during the trip and went by the Bath Iron Works [modern ship building] as we finished up the route. This tour was well worth the time. We did not see the same area twice. Take a cover-up, as it can get chilly on open deck topside, even during the summer. Allow enough time to visit the Maine Maritime Museum before the boat tour

1  Thank James M
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