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America's Maritime Museums

 Maritime sites of interest


Maritime Museums

Facilities provide a beautiful and historic location for your social event.


Baltimore Maritime Museum

The Museum's collection of shipmodels, maritime artifacts and paintings is located on three vessels which are part of the exhibit themselves. The Museum was founded in 1982 when Baltimore's waterfront experienced a grand renovation and since then the area has become a popular tourist attraction. Boaters will find dockage within walking distance.


contacts: 301 E Pratt St Baltimore, MD 21202 tel:(410) 396-3393


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

This special Museum is nothing short of extraordinary and we highly recommend it. as well as a visit to beautiful St. Michael's on the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Exhibits are spread out over 17 acres and seven main buildings and include a 19th century lighthouse, a working boatshop, a decoy gallery, a fleet of historic Bay boats, and opening in 1993, a major new exhibit on the history of steam and gas powered transportation used on the Bay. Daytime dockage available for visitors, overnight dockage for members.


contacts: 213 North Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD 21663 tel:(410) 745-2916



Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Between the years 1836 and 1862, the town of Cold Spring Harbor on the north shore of Long Island supported a fleet of nine whaling vessels. The Whaling Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the town's history as a whaling port. Its collection includes a fully equipped 19th century whaleboat from the brig DAISY, whaling implements, marine paintings, ship models, and scrimshaw items produced by whalemen of that era. Other permanent exhibits include "The Wonder of Whales" with a hands-on marine mammal bone display and a killer whale skull, while "Mark Well the While!" documents Long Island's whaling industry. Films, special programs and changing exhibitions are featured year-round.


contacts: 279 Main Street Cold Spring Hbr, NY 11724 (631) 367-3418


Courtesy of Cultural History Museum, University of Oslo

The Osberg Ship: The excavated remains of this ninth - century Viking long ship illustrate beautifully the full development of the clinker building method, which did not change again in its fundamentals, yet still holds its own in strength, beauty and longevity to the present day.


Columbia River Maritime Museum



The Museum was founded in 1962 to preserve and document the rich maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest. A modern Museum building of over 37,000 square feet, the Museum houses exhibits divided into seven galleries with themes such as navigation, fishing, canneries and whaling, etc. The collection is well diversified between ship models, charts, photographs and artifacts! National Register lightship Columbia is the largest floating artifact, adjacent to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter , based at the pier near the museum. The museum's involvement with many of the nautical activities in the area makes it popular among residents and as a result it boasts a very high membership and the ability to hold many programs and activities of interest to both kids and adults.


contacts: 1792 Marine Drive Astoria, OR 97103 tel:(503) 325-2323



Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Dedicated to the shipbuilders of Essex, MA, the Essex Shipbuilding Museum houses one of the finest collections of fishing schooners material in America. Tools, plans, models, and photographs document 300 years of ship and boat building. Many of the exhibits are hands-on and its Book Shop features titles of interest to modelers, historians and boat-builders.


contacts: 66 Main Street Essex, MA 01929 tel:(978) 768-7541


Herreshoff Marine Museum

Allowed to visit the Museum in winter and during renovations in 1990, now you will impressed by the innovation and versatility of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company during its heyday and active years as represented in the museum exhibits. There is a marvellous collection of vintage Herreschoff yachts and representation of every facet of the company which was involved in the construction of sail and steam vessels and the famous America's Cup defenders. The new 23,000 square foot Museum building contains a Hall of Boats, research library, video room, exhibit area, model rooms, and visitor interactive wind tunnel test.


contacts: Bristol, RI 02809 tel:(401) 253-5000



lake Champlain Maritime Museum

A non-profit organization for the preservation of the heritage of lake Champlain open from early May to mid October, the Museum is full of historical surprises. You'll visit a restored 19th Century stone schoolhouse, examine dozens of original small watercraft built around the shores of lake Champlain over the past 160 years, and step back in time when hoarding a full sized Revolutionary War gunboat rcplica. The Museum, sometimes sponsored jointly by the WoodenBoat School of Brooklin. Maine, also offers unusual boatbuilding courses such as Planking a Lapstrake Canoe, Cedar/Canvas Canoe Construction, and Build a Oar or Sail.


contacts: 4472 Basin Harbor Road Vergennes, VT 05491 tel:(802) 475-2022



Maine Maritime Museum on the Kennebec River

On a beautiful 10 acre site on the Kennebec River, the Museum represents many aspects of the national and international involvement of Maine maritime history since 1607. The permanent exhibitions cover a wide range of themes through paintings, ship models, shipbuilding through the centuries, and seafarers' souvenirs from around the world. There are apprenticeship workshops and educational programs, symposiums, lectures and other events of interest to all interested in Maine coast history.

contacts: 243 Washington Street Bath, ME 04530 tel:(207) 443-1316


Mystic Seaport & Museum

Founded in 1929 as the Marine Historical Association, Mystic Seaport has grown into the biggest tourist attraction in Connecticut. The collection of watercraft, artifacts, ship models, paintings, photographs and maritime artifacts are spread out over several buildings on a 17-acre site on the Mystic River.


contacts: Mystic, CT 06355 tel:(860) 572-5385


Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum


Visiting this Museum, you will never tired of its charm and folklore embedded in the exhibits on the region's whaling industry and commercial activities. Displays include ship models, paintings, scrimshaw, clothing, furnishings and even musical instruments and local crafts. Unrated in an 1845 Greek Revival mansion within walking distance of marina and shops, the Museum was founded in 1935 and continues to sponsor summer activities relating to preserving the whaling culture of long Island.


contacts: 200 Main Street Sag Harbor, NY 11963 tel:(631) 725-0770


Philadelphia Maritime Museum


Located in the heart of our nation's most historic square mile, the Philadelphia Maritime Museum preserves and interprets the diverse history of one of America's oldest urban waterfronts. The only maritime museum between the Chesapeake Bay and South Street Seaport, the institution's main exhibition building on Chestnut Street includes an extensive research library. Its Workshop on the Water, a floating boatbuilding shop, learning center and gallery, is house on a barge moored at Penn's landing. The Museum's collections number more than 15,000 objects or lots, including more than 30 small watercraft indigenous to the Delaware River Vally. Permanent and changing exhibitions tell the story of the men, women and children who lived and fought, worked and played along the region's waterways.


contacts: 321 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 tel:(215) 925-5439


Peabody & Essex Museum

Explore one of America's oldest Museums, rich with exhibits of maritime anil natural history, ethnology, archaeology, and Asian export art. In 1799, 22 men from Salem founded the East India Marine Society, the nucleus of the Peabody & Essex Museum. These master mariners resolved to form a "museum of natural and artificial curiosities." They succeeded, collecting more than 2,000 pieces by the middle of the 19th century. Today, the Museum houses more than 300,000 objects, artifacts, and works of art. The Museum's publication. The "American Neptune", is America's premier quarterly journal of maritime history, featuring the best and most recent work of scholars and enthusiasts of naval and maritime history. The journal presents articles that address all aspects of shipping and seafaring. Pounded in 1941 by distinguished historians and continuing in the tradition of providing scholarly yet readable articles and book reviews, the "American Neptune" is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the sea and ships.


contacts: 161 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970, United States tel:(978) 745-9500


Penobscot Marine Museum

Unrated on the northwest shore of Penobscot Bay on the beautiful Maine coast, the Museum is spread out through seven historic buildings which house a collection of ship models, full sized watercraft, figureheads, scrimshaw art and paintings collected since the 1930's. The exhibits pay particular attention to the history of Maine's maritime lore and seafarers. There is an extensive collection of gcneological works in the research library.


contacts: 5 Church Street Searsport, ME 04974, United States tel: (207) 548-2529


Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Founded in 1980, the Museum is located at the former San Pedro ferry terminal and is housed in 75,000 square feet of exhibit space. Much attention is focused on the 160-year history of the Port of Los Angeles, one of America's busiest seaports. Many different subjects are covered, i.e. merchant marine, naval history, nautical crafts and lore, and some displays are notable in size and scope. Owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles, a variety of public programs run year round have made the Museum a busy attraction to both residents and tourists.


contacts: San Pedro, CA 90731, United States tel:(310) 548-7618


Michigan - Maritime Museum


Most distinguished institution of maritime research "Michigan Maritime Museum" located at 260 Dyckman Avenue - offer a variety of engaging opportunities for the people including permanent and changing exhibits on Michigan maritime history and tradition, a National center for the teaching of related maritime skills and boat-building methods, and a regionally renowned marine research library is open to students, researchers, educators, researchers and the general public. Over 300 Photos on a Museum Wall tell the story of early shipping , boat building and lumbering, commercial fishing, passenger steamboats, river launches and a myriad of other historical Maritime subjects. A unique compilation of temporary exhibits, historic documents, weapons and archeological artifacts used in “War on the Great Lakes”



The Museum offer Seven Days a Week several options for groups and special discounts are offered for combining museum tours.



260 Dyckman Avenue
South Haven, MI 49090


The Mariners' Museum - 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA


The Mariners Museum in Virginia Houses the vast Chris-Craft Collection, the paper records of the Chris-Craft company from 1922 co 1980. The collection includes not only some 15,000 photographs and most of the resources referenced in this hook, but most of the nearly 100,000 hull cards. A trained staff continues the extraordinary task of cataloging and preserving the vast Chris-Craft archive, and serves as an invaluable resource for writers and historians who visit the museum. Throughout its history, Chris-Craft assigned a specific hull number to each boat that was built, and recorded that number along with relevant specifications on the hull card for that boat. Today, thank to The Mariners' Museum, owners of Chris-Craft boats can get background information about their boats. From the hull number, the research staff at the museum can prepare a research package that includes the boat equipment record (hull card), copies of sales literature, the original price sheet, black-and-white photo, engine information, and lists of the technical draw- ings and wiring diagrams that are available.


Locating Your Hull Number


On Chris-Craft, Sea Skiff, and Cavalier Division boats, the first place to look would be on a metal plate attached to the underside of the engine hatch cover or engine box on single-engine models, and on the underside of the starboard engine hatch cover or engine box on twin-engine models. You may also find it stamped into the aft surfacc of the forward header of the engine hatch on single-engine models, and stamped into the aft surface of the forward header of the porr engine hatch on twin-engine models. It could also be stamped into the top edge of the engine stringer starboard next to the engine coupling on single-engine models, and stamped into the top edge of the inboard stringer, port engine, next to the engine coupling on twin-engine models. They are also sometimes found on top of the wood towing bitt, on the aft face of the bow block, on the extreme forward inboard surface of the port toe rail, or on the aft face of the stem midway between chine and sheer.

On sport boats and runabouts, they may be stamped into the forward surfacc of the aft deck beam if the scat back is removable. On fiberglass cruisers and sailboats, the hull number can be found glassed over on the interior surface of the port hull side, forward of the foremost bulkhead. Outboard sailboat models will have the number stamped into the engine pad.


NH Boat Museum - classic & fiberglass



Vancouver Maritime Museum


Wooden Boats wonderful collection & resourses

On the southern shore is Seattle's new Lake Union Park, the Museum of History &. Industry, and the Center for Wooden Boats.

Just east of Lake Union Park, the Center for Wooden Boats is a maze of docks loaded with classic wooden craft of all kinds. There is never a charge to walk the CWB docks. The Craftsman-style buildings house the boat shop, general offices, and the boat house gallery.

Hanging from the boat house ceiling are old rowing shells, a Greenland kayak, and the driftwood skeleton of an old Eskimo kayak. At this museum you can play with the exhibits. There are over one hundred and fifty boats of historic significance, some of which you can rent for a row or sail.

On any given day In the boat shop you'll see students building a boat from the keel up or volunteers restoring one of the Center's many boats. The boat house is home to a wonderful collection of old photographs from the US Oregon Historical Society and a rotating art exhibit.

On Sundays, CWB offers free rides on a rotating selection of boats from the collection. One week you may ride a classic steamer, the next a historic longboat and the next a one hundred twelve year old open fishing sailboat.



1010 Valley St # Main, Seattle, WA 98109, United States


Queensland Maritime Museum


Located at the southern end of South Bank Parklands the Queensland Maritime Museum is to the public every day. QMM have an amazing collection of Ship Models ,artwork of the migrant ships, Navigation to GPS,Pirate on Wednesday and much much more... items recovered from ship wrecks from all over the world - including the famous Pandora!




The Queensland Maritime Museum friendly volunteer members will welcome you, provide you with guide brochures and endeavour to ensure your visit is an educational (Discover the story of the evolution) and very entertaining experience.


Vintage Photos - U.S Submarine base at New Farm, Brisbane

photo: The Queensland Maritime Museum


This base was was a U.S submarine base only during World War 2.There is now a great memorial on the Newfarm walkway where this base was. It was great to see that all RAN submarines and the US Subs that used this base were recognised there. Great work to those who ensured this information was put in place in Newfarm.




2006 Diamantina in the South Brisbane Drydock (Queensland Maritime Museum)

fb: photo Queensland Maritime Museum


San Diego Maritime Museum


The Museum of US, San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in historic maintaining and restoring ships and vessels. The SD Museum displays temporary and permanent exhibits on maritime history include one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships (were using it in Pirates of the Caribbean), exploration, US Navy's Patrol Crafts, the Beautiful Medea and etc., commerce events and stages popular events. The San Diego museum’s old ships play host to more than Hundreds Private events each year including private parties, meeting, seminars, charters and weddings.


The 108th Birthday Medea in San Diego Museum - Ive had a crush on her for a long time. Ive been atop in her bridge. Down in her bildge. in her furnace. and one time while cleaning down below when no one was looking I climbed into one of her bunks and tried to imagine what it was like to be a passenger or crew living aboard her while she motored from the UK to the Carribean. said Larry Talbott


Swift Boat (PCF 816) at the museum - After 45 years this proud Lady has come home from 1/2 way around the world to stay after serving proudlly in Malta. Now she is home to honor the Swft boat veterans that trained on her especially the 50 sailors that are "still on patrol". She is an outstanding addition to SD museum. To see the smiles on all of the Swift Boat Vets that were aboard her was truly touching and well worth the efforts so many people involved in this project have contributed towards it.


Several special events - with the Star of India's Birthday weekend.


beautiful Star of India -

Michael Bruce Andrews One of the best sails ever. Thanks to Capt. Gobin, the sail crew, Dr. Ray and museum staff
for all their help,and thanks to the catering folks for breakfast and lunch service,and a big thanks to the indiviual who brought those ginger snap cookies! - Michael Bruce Andrews

Such an awesome experience getting to sail her and climb in her rigging Saturday and Monday. An experience I will remember for my entire life! Thank you Maritime Museum for allowing us volunteers to have such an experience. Brian Pedersen

I got to ride the Californian companion sail - my very first time on a sailing vessel - yesterday. It was an event the memories of which I will treasure for the rest of my life! Thank you, Maritime Museum of San Diego!

That being said, I wish there had been more companion boats from the community out there; i'd hate to think we San Diegans are growing complacent about this fantastic piece of history, of which we happen to have the good fortune to be the custodians.

Thanks to the museum, and especially to all of the volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible, for sharing this treasure with the public. Jim Queequeg Boydston

The Maritime Museum of San Diego welcomes volunteers interested in the opportunity to become part of the maintenance crew that keeps our fleet of historic ships alive and sailing . As you become familiar with the ships, training to become a member of the sail crew is an opportunity that opens up very quickly to interested maintenance crew members. So, come down virtually any Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m., check us out and then join the crew.





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