Arts & Culture,
Children & Youth,
Mission: To educate the community and a worldwide audience about the important role of Maine in historic and current regional and global maritime activities.
Target demographics: Anyone interested in learning about Maine's maritime heritage in a historical context as well as its cultural and economic relevance today. Approximately 50,000 visitors annually, 80% from across the U.S. and other countries.
Geographic areas served: Maine Maritime Museum's exhibits and programs represent all of Maine's coast and inland waterways -- the full Maine maritime story.
Programs: 20-acre museum campus located on the Kennebec River in Bath on the site of the historic Percy & Small shipyard.
Collections and Exhibits - all items relating to maritime history primarily in Maine. Paintings and other artwork, rigged models, half hulls, tools used in historic shipbuilding, navigating equipment, ship artifacts and watercraft on display. Exhibits include hands-on Lobstering & the Maine Coast, historic Percy & Small shipyard buildings, the blacksmith shop, and period displays of maritime life, especially of the late 1800's.
The highlight of the Percy & Small Shipyard is a full-scale interpretive sculpture of the 6-masted schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing vessel ever built in North America. The enormous Wyoming, spanning 440 feet with masts that soar 120 feet into the air, is the largest sculpture in New England.
Coming in June 2017: "Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience" -- a permanent exhibit featuring a full-scale replica of the lantern room at the top of the Cape Elizabeth Light, and featuring the original second-order Fresnel lens from that light as well as a 180-degree multi-media projection of the actual views from the Cape E Light, showing the active panorama of the Gulf of Maine.
Research Library and Archives - the library and archives house thousands of books, maritime manuscripts, business records, photographs, maps, charts, and ship plans. Archival work includes purchasing, maintaining, storing, and restoring these items. The library is available for general and scholarly use.
Education & Public Programs lecture series, symposia, adult and youth programs, school programs, narrated tour boat cruises on the Kennebec River and into Merrymeeting Bay, summer shipyard activities, volunteer support programs, family programs, museum tours, summer camps, trolly and river tours of Bath Iron Works.
Boat Shop, historic buildings, moorings, piers for visiting yachts and small tour ships, visiting yachtsmen building, children's pirate ship, and Long Reach Hall -- our beautiful banquet facility overlooking the river is available for rent for weddings and other special events.