2 Church Street, Searsport
At Maine’s oldest maritime museum, more than a dozen buildings, most dating to the early 19th century, re-create a seaport village from the Great Age of Sail. Exhibits include hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as a ship captain’s house, marine paintings, scrimshaw, 19th century Chinese and Japanese pottery, paintings and textiles, a variety of historic Maine boats including fishing boats, a fisheries exhibit, and an heirloom vegetable garden. Young visitors can explore the Yard in the Yard, a large-scale model of a square-rigger’s mast; try on foul-weather gear aboard a real dory in the Gone Fishing exhibit; play dress up in 19th century costumes, shop in a general store of the period, and pretend to cook meals in a ship’s galley. Exhibit topics include the diverse economic history of the Penobscot Bay region, such as shipbuilding, lumbering, and stone trades, and different kinds of boats and gear. The museum has an extensive maritime history research library, and over 200,000 historic photographs, including images from the Atlantic Fisherman, National Fisherman and the Maine Sardine Council, which can be accesses through PMM’s Online Database Additionally, the museum’s history database is an amazing resource for students and teachers and has sections related to Maine’s fishing and boat building. Pen Bay History.
PMM Visitor Center 207.548.0334, PMM Offices 207.548.2529 | www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org
Seasonal (exhibits)/Year-round (library, archives) M-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5.
Fee. Parking. Restrooms. Accessible.
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