Boats have a long history as transportation, recreation, and as loyal household pets that won't object whenever their owners want to dress them in a silly Batman costume. Learn about the history of these sometimes metallic animals with today's Groupon: for $12, you get two adult admission tickets to the Maine Maritime Museum, located in Bath.
Recently featured in the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Maritime Museum envelopes visitors in Maine's rich seafaring history through both permanent and seasonal exhibits on its 20-acre shipyard campus. Fledgling boat aficionados and sea vessel fanatics alike can marvel at the shipyards where some of the world's largest wooden sea vessels were assembled. Learn about modern-day construction of U.S. Navy destroyers, tour 19th-century shipyard buildings, view boat builders hard at work in the boatshop, or behold the metal replica of the Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing ship ever built in the country. From Memorial Day to Columbus Day, visitors can also tour the Victorian-era Donnell House, which was home to a shipbuilder and his family, or take a trolley tour of the Bath Iron Works. Located in the sea-crazed village of Bath, the Maine Maritime Museum is the ideal stop before an afternoon of antique shopping for "Beware of the Y2K" political buttons.
- Well maintained, carefuly [sic] constructed and educational displays make for a pleasant visit. – eschwa3, TripAdvisor
- The people there seemed to be able to answer any question about the town, Bath Iron Works, or nautical history in general. A superb museum keeping Maine's ship building history alive. – brian s., Yelp
Maine Maritime Museum
During the course of its more than 50-year history, the Maine Maritime Museum has amassed a collection of more than 21,000 artifacts, including 140 small watercraft. Knowledgeable docents unveil this collection on tours, as well as guided walks through two shipyards and a Victorian-era shipbuilder's house. In warmer weather, guides also dispense nautical trivia during cruises down the Kennebec River. A series of rotating exhibits have focused on naval architecture, examined mariners' relationships with weather, and traced the history of nautical humor.
243 Washington St.
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