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“Lots of info and a boat tour too”

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 4 weeks ago

This museum has lots of info presented well. The boat tours are excellent. You will spend more time here than you plan.

Thank WestchesterP2
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you're into history and building things, this museum will be interesting. If you're also interested in ships/boats, you'll be thrilled! It was easy to picture how people worked thanks to the combination of artifacts and sound/visual exhibits.

The historical buildings mostly don't have any air conditioning, so in the summer it can be really warm if the sun comes out. The museum does have excellent AC so you can duck in there to cool down as needed.

The docent tour was a good overview of the site without having to read every placard. We could then just focus on the parts that were most interesting to us.

As a pleasant surprise, the museum was open until 7:30pm instead of the posted 5pm. A few of the exhibits (the Mary E schooner and the launching demo) still closed at 4pm.

Thank melonaise
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We wish we could have spent several more hours at this museum. Quite a bit of the museum is outside and the history surrounding the building of Schooners on the Penobscot River was amazing.

The thing I enjoyed the most was the demonstration down by the water as to how they launched these giant boats into the river without the boats having any engine. Simply amazing.

You can almost feel people building ships in the shipyard. Very difficult work, particularly in the single digit temperatures of Winter.

An excellent stop when in the Bath area. Good museum activities for children as well. We will definitely pay the Museum another visit when we are in the area.

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Reviewed August 8, 2018

Had been here about 20 years ago and wanted to see what was new. They have a center dedicated to the history of Bath Iron Works with an interesting 12 minute film. I really enjoyed that part.

It really doesn't take long to view all of the exhibits, so I can't consider the place a good value, so you really need to like this stuff.

Thank garyww
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Reviewed August 8, 2018

Be sure to set aside at least half a day to tour the museum’s varied exhibits and take a boat tour on the Kennebec. Many of the exhibits are interactive, and the rich history of shipbuilding and shipping in the Bath area comes alive. The docents are knowledgeable and very friendly. We had a great time!

Thank kristent345
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