Explore History and More at the Maine Maritime Museum

maine-maritime-museumHere in Maine, there are so many amazing historical sites that it can be hard to see all of them. One aspect of our history that so many find interesting is our maritime history. Like many coastal towns, ships were a vital part of life here. If you are looking for a fantastic way to learn more about our history, we at Topside Inn highly recommend the Maine Maritime Museum. Read on to see how you can enjoy an afternoon there!

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About the Maine Maritime Museum

The Maine Maritime Museum is in the nearby city of Bath. It was founded in 1962 and is “dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture through gallery exhibits, the historic Percy & Small Shipyard, educational programs, a research library, and narrated excursions along area waterways.”

They have many different ways of achieving this with indoor exhibits and some amazing outdoor ones as well.

Visiting the Maine Maritime Museum


Tickets can be purchased in person and they are open year-round and only closed on some major holidays. For adults are $15.50, seniors, $14, children, $10, and kids under 6 are free. One great thing about their tickets is that if you don’t have enough time to see all you wanted to in one day, you have the option for going a second day as long as it’s within a week.


  1. Paintings- Have a look at the paintings by Robert Beck and his take on the contemporary maritime community.
  2. Sea Change- This is an interesting exhibit that features and extensive collection of maritime maps and how Portland Maine is once again becoming a vital part of shipping.
  3. Historic Boat Collection- For those of you who love boats, you will be impressed with Maine Maritime Museum’s collection of iconic Maine boats.
  4. A Maritime History of Maine- The jewel of the exhibits is the comprehensive Maritime History of Maine. Be sure to take your time and read all about it.

Tours and Cruises

Tours- When it comes to tours at the Maine Maritime Museum, you have a choice of two different ones. The first is their On-Site Tours. These are free and open typically in the summer season. The first is the Percy & Small Historic Shipyard. Come and see where so many wooden ships were built, including the largest. The other is the Donnell House. It is a Victorian-era home that housed a shipbuilder and his family. Another option is the Bath Iron Works Story Trolley Tour. This one has a fee but it gives you an insider’s look at current and former Bath Iron Works employees and the history.

Cruises- They offer a Shipyards and Lighthouses Cruise in the spring that runs through fall. There is nothing like seeing the coastline and the ecosystems that inhabit it. This cruise has a fee as well but is well worth it.


Plan Your Stay

As you can see, there is a lot of fun to be had at the Maine Maritime Museum. Anytime you are in our area, consider staying with us at Topside Inn. Our lovely B&B is in Boothbay Harbor and convenient to local shops, restaurants, and attractions. We have many rooms in our 3 buildings for you to choose from. Each of them is decorated in a classic and simple Maine style. After a restful night in our cozy beds, join everyone for a lovely gourmet breakfast. Contact us today and begin planning your next trip to Maine!

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