Facilities provide a beautiful and historic location for your
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)
Cold Spring Harbor
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
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
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)
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
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
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)
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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 worlds 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 museums 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
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.
This is the year to bring your family up north and visit the intriguing
Shipwreck Coast Museum at Whitefish Point Light Station on the shores
of Lake Superior. They are located just over an hour north of the
Mackinaw Bridge in one of the most scenic areas in the Upper Peninsula.
Travel through national and state forests along your route and
don't forget to stop and visit the Upper and Lower Taquamenon Falls
on Rt. M-123. Please keep an eye on our events page for upcomming
music, art, history and other family events for the new season.
The Shipwreck Museum is pleased to present a simple innovation -
museum visitors may purchase adult, child, or family admission tickets
online through the Shipwreck Coast Museum Store section
During your vist, museum staff and interpreters are always ready
and eager to assist with your family's tour of this National Historic
Site and answer any of your Michigan history questions.
Annapolis Maritime Museum
Annapolis, MD.: The Barge House, which the Eastport Historical
Committee leased from the City of Annapolis in 1992, has been renovated
by a group of dedicated volunteers led by River Crest Design Build,
Inc., the award-winning residential remodeling company based in
Parole. The Eastport Historical Committee was founded in 1987 and
became the Annapolis Maritime Museum in 2000. The Museum ran programs
and exhibits in both the Barge House and the adjacent McNasby Oyster
Company building until Hurricane Isabel damaged both structures
in September, 2003. Since then, the Museum has been operating out
of temporary offices nearby and has conducted award-winning educational
programs, including maritime lecture and concert series, at other
Wisconsin Maritime Museum
The museum, in co-operation with Naval Sea Systems Command and
Nauticus, is in charge of the historic interpretation of the battleship.
The ship is free for visitors to visit, though the interior spaces
are sealed due to the ship's status within the Navy's Inactive Fleet.
If you have any questions including the museum's battleship education
programs, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
The Navy was a popular subject for photographers that used panaromic
cameras. First invented in 1898, they were used extensively in the
early 20th century. Photographers took sweeping views of ship companies,
naval bases, and fleet operations. The exhibit will have several
orginal photographs on display. On display March 1 in the Forecastle
Gallery next to the museum. Call wisconsinmaritime.org for more
From 1933 to 1942, African-Americans Navy recruits attended Mess
Attendant School at Naval Station Norfolk. Join author Richard Miller
for a discussion on African- American service in the U.S. Navy during
this time period. Talk to be held at Breezy Point Officer's Club
at Naval Station Norfolk.
Per our usual Winter hours, we will be closed on all Mondays, open
from 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, and Noon to 5 on Sundays.
In addition, please note that the battleship Wisconsin will only
be open from 11 am to 3pm on weekdays. On weekends, it will be open
when the museum is open. Admission to both the museum and ship are
The entrance to Wisky Walk is next to the entrance to the Hampton
Roads Naval Museum on the 2nd deck of Nauticus. It is a traditional
museum exhibit about the history of the battleship Wisconsin. The
exhibit is divided into five sections. They discuss the design of
the ship, her operations in World War II, her operations in Korea,
her midshipmen cruises in the 1950's, and reactivation in the 1981's.
The exhibit includes several artifacts from veterans in Wisconsin.
The Steel Navy and the Spanish-American War
Featured items include the original builder model of the ill-fated
battleship USS Maine (which was homeported in Hampton Roads), a
43-star jack from the battleship Maine, a model of the torpedo boat
USS Winslow, a Spanish torpedo captured by American naval forces,
and tools used to help build the first steel-hulled battleship USS
Jamestown Exposition and the Great White Fleet
1907 was a year of great celebration in Hampton Roads. Kicking
off the year was the opening of a grand national fair at Sewells
Point (current location of Naval Station Norfolk) called the Jamestown
Exposition. On display are several artifacts and antiques that one
could have bought at the fair. Closing out the year was the voyage
of the "Great White Fleet" from Hampton Roads. This exhibit
area is a popular place to do official military ceremonies when
the battleship Wisconsin is not available.
World War I and the Beginnings of Naval Station Norfolk
America's entry into World War I was a major test for both the Navy
and the region. President Wilson authorized the Navy to purchase
the land around Sewells Point to build a new naval operating base
in preparation for a massive shipbuilding program.
Artifacts in this section include a mine built for the North Sea
Mine Barrage, a model of Eugene Ely's Hudson Flyer (the first plane
to take off from a navy ship), period uniforms, and many photographs.
The Battle of the Atlantic and World War II
Hampton Roads was on the front lines of one of the most important
battles of World War II: The Battle of the Atlantic. This exhibit
has several artifacts from the battle, newsreel films, and interactive
displays. In addition to this exhibit are several displays that
tell the story of the shipbuilding effort during the war, the German
U-boats that operated off the coast, and the effect of the war on
Battle of the Virginia Capes
The opening exhibit talks about the American Revolution in Hampton
Roads focusing on the critical Battle off the Virginia Capes. Featured
in this exhibit are a beautiful model of the French ship-of-the-line
Ville de Paris, a famous and widely reproduced 1963 oil painting
of the battle , and several contemporary prints of the major personalities
involved in the battle.
The Modern Navy of the U.S.
The story of the U.S. Navy in Hampton Roads continues today. Featured
in this exhibit are the original builder's model of the aircraft
carrier USS America, a model of the submarine USS Norfolk, a one-inch
to one foot scale model of an A-6 Intruder, and a welcome home banner
from a Desert Storm homecoming. A Cold War display is in the works.
The Maritime Museum of Monterey
Items in the eclectic exhibition vary from exquisite ship models
to Meissen porcelain and Steuben crystal; from works by painters
from Monterey’s Golden Age such as Armin Hansen, whose painting,
“The Vespers,” first was shown at San Francisco’s Pan Pacific International
Exposition in 1915 to a dragon figurehead from a 19th century Pacific
Coast lumber schooner to a circa 1835 hand-painted Mexican flag
and the original telegraph key that signaled the end of World War
II from the deck of the USS Missouri.
The exhibition features a “path,” along which guests “visit” each
of the six landmark buildings owned by the association. Each building
features selected items from the MHAA collection that illuminates
local life and customs during the period of the building’s construction,
as well as phases of the building’s subsequent history. A total
of 120 objects will be featured during the rotating exhibition.
At every phase of the exhibition, “Family Treasure Chests” will
introduce visitors to families whose cultures and traditions enriched
local history. Among families and cultures represented are the Onesimo/Meadows
(Native American), Boronda (Novohispano), the Quock Mui family (Chinese),
the Oliver and Anthony families (immigrants from the Midwest), the
Collecto family (Sicilian), the Manaka family (Japanese/Asian Pacific)
and the Doelter family (European).
Maine Watercraft Museum
The rapidly growing collection features antique freshwater recreational
crafts such as Kennebecs, Old Towns, and Skowhegans, as well as
salt water working boats such as the peapod and the dory. There
are also several early launches, one design racing sailboats, and
a collection of period outboard motors.
Maine Watercraft Museum is a non-profit organization supported
by grants, donations, general admission and a rapidly growing membership.
There are research services provided for boat identification and
location. There are museum related nautical accessories and clothing
available for purchase on site. The museum is open from May 28 through
October, and is open by appointment the balance of the year. Admission
is free to its membership, $4 to the general public ($2 to seniors/students,
children under 5 admitted free). Tables and a tidal sand beach make
it an ideal picnic spot, snacks being available on site.
The museum's location on over two acres of Thomaston's working
waterfront makes it accessible by land or sea.
Inland Seas Maritime Museum
The Inland Seas Maritime Museum proudly welcomes visitors to the
newest of our interactive displays. Visitors are encouraged to tour
Great Lakes shipwrecks underwater, and learn of the mishaps that
brought them to their fate.
Dive a Great Lakes Shipwreck!
Take the entire family on a unique underwater adventure to dive
the Great Lakes shipwreck of your choice!
The Inland Seas Maritime Museum has two deck levels of impressive
displays including artifacts, paintings, shipmodels, and more!
Huge fresnal lenses expose visitors to the history of legendary
Great Lakes lighthouses.
One of our most recent exhibits put on display are "From the
Niagara to the Onoko: The Wooden Shipbuilding Era on the Great Lakes"
- hundreds of the detailed ship profiles and blueprints of Great
Lakes freighters and steam powered passenger vessels. An exhibit
at the museum commemorates the storm that struck Lake Erie on October
20, 1916 which sunk 4 vessels and claimed the lives of 49 sailors.
Newspaper accounts, underwater photographs, detailed models and
paintings are all part of the exhibit. The Inland Seas Maritime
Museum have over 100 expertly crafted models and hulls on display
throughout the museum.
Additional Maritime Museum Exhibits
Storm warning lights used at night to indicate wind force and intensity,
were mounted atop towers at Coast Guard stations around the Lakes.
The 500hp steam engine from the tugboat Roger, originally the Conrad
Strike. Weighing nearly 71/2 tons the museum was literally built
around it. Built in 1912-13 it represents engines of tugs, freighters,
and passenger vessels of the time. Located in the stairwell of Inches
Hall, it's hard to miss!
A fascinating exhibit at the Inland Seas Maritime Museum is the
two greyhound dogs displayed on the bulkheads of the engine well
of Inches Hall. A match pair, hand carved of wood in 1885, they
adorned the bow of the passenger ship GREYHOUND that sailed from
Toledo, Ohio to Detroit and the Islands.
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
The Maritime Heritage Society has purchased approximately six
acres of land from the Winona Port Authority to serve as the museum
The property is located on Riverview Drive, just west of the Interstate
Bridge. With three galleries, reception space, museum store and
staff and support facilities.
Marine Art Museum Collections
Oil Painting Collection- The Burrichter-Kierlin collection of
original paintings depicting the era of conversion from sail to
steam power will be on loan to the museum. Some artists included
are John Stobart, Dusan Kadlec, Tim Thompson, Thomas Hoyne, Samuel
Walters, Don Demers, Jack Gray, James Buttersworth and Jacques Eugéne
William A. Thompson Exhibit
Built in 1937 and delivered to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Boatyard in Fountain City, Wisconsin, the river dredge William A.
Thompson, with its accomplished crew, maintained the navigation
channel of several upper Midwestern rivers, especially the Upper
Mississippi. Nearly 300 feet long and weighing 1,370 tons, this
stately vessel has become a real part of the lives of all who love
this beautiful river valley. The Thompson will be set on land adjacent
to the museum, restored and refurbished, to serve as a dynamic exhibit
to the museum.
Henry Bosse - Photographs & Maps
Nearly completed is a collection of the Upper Mississippi River
photographs and maps of Henry B., a 19th century gifted photographer,
identified by The Getty Center as being one of America’s photographers
Reedville Fishermen's Museum
Permanent Museum Exhibit
Reedville Fishermen's Museum permanent collection of artifacts
and information is on display in the Reed and Frayne Gallery year-round,
supplemented by a variety of outdoor displays, including our "fleet":
the Elva C and the skipjack Claud W. Somers. The exhibit centers
on both the fishing industry and the local community in and around
contacts: tel: (804) 453-6529
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
exhibits at the museum
American Maritime Enterprise
The Hall of American Maritime Enterprise portrays three centuries
of ocean and river commerce with photographs, objects, films, and
models of sailing ships and steamships. The exhibits also include
dioramas and period settings representing the whaling industry,
a colonial warehouse, a ship's engine room from 1930, and a modern
river towboat pilothouse.
The oldest commercial marine propeller known to have survived,
from the Indiana, a ship which sank in Lake Superior in 1858.
The United States, like many countries, grew up around seaports.
Even today, all but four of the nation's 20 largest cities have
major harbors. Lining the walls of the first gallery in this hall
are images of harbors and models of the types of ships that have
kept harbors alive for centuries, from pilot schooners to steam
tugs. The next gallery features the oldest commercial marine propeller
known to have survived. It pushed and ultimately sank the ship Indiana
when in 1858 one of its blades broke off, punctured the hull, and
sent the vessel to the bottom of Lake Superior. Some 7 tons of the
Indiana's remains were recovered by the Smithsonian in 1979.
A large display of ship models in the next room shows the
evolution of sailing vessels from ships not much larger than the
Mayflower to huge coastal cargo schooners like the C.C. Mengel,
Jr. of 1916. Models of clipper ships and fishing schooners lead
to an alcove containing a real whaleboat, filled with harpoons,
lances, buckets, oars and line. Traditional sailor's work songs
(shanties) can be heard in the background.
With the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the opening of the Great
Lakes, the United States had thousands of miles of inland waterways
to explore, travel, and put to use. The steam engine enabled Americans
to overcome the currents of the country's rivers. The exhibit describes
inventions of American steamboat pioneers, as well as their public
squabbles over patents and monopolies.
A patent granted to John Fitch by Louis XVI of France in 1791 hangs
above the oldest surviving steam plant built in the United States,
the engine and boiler of John Steven's Little Juliana.
Another gallery displays several spectacular models of steamboats
that plied the Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi rivers. Exhibits
on snags, ice, and other perils of the inland waterways lead to
the story of commerce on the Great Lakes. A 1970s pilot house of
a towboat, complete with sonar, radar, and other modern navigational
equipment, houses a video program about work aboard a Mississippi
Exhibits on merchant ships and luxury liners of the 20th century
round out the hall.
The growth of the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War I is discussed
and leads to models of a World War II Liberty ship of 1941-45 and
a Victory ship of 1944-45. Modern commercial shipping is represented
in models of freighters and tankers from 1919 to 1971. A 675-horsepower,
triple expansion steam engine from the 1920 U.S.
Coast Guard buoy tender Oak is also in view. The engine gave the
vessel steadfast service until 1971.
As maritime commerce increased through the 19th century, ocean
and coastal travel boomed and disasters followed apace.
A Fresnel lighthouse lens of 1872 and a Francis Metallic Life
Car of 1850 represent a few of the steps taken to guard and save
lives at sea. Life jackets from the Titanic and the Morro Castle,
as well as newspaper articles of the period, recall these famous
disasters in the Atlantic.
A gallery entitled "The Only Way to Cross" describes
travel by ocean liner across the Atlantic. A table setting, champagne
bucket, and other artifacts capture the austere elegance of the
S.S. United States, the fastest vessel of its kind.
The USS Constitution Museum
In the USS Constitution Museum Visitors can view two different video productions
that alternate in the Figgie Theater. They will learn about 200 years of "Old
Ironside's" history through a collection of over 3,000 original artifacts
and artwork, including ship's logs, journals, weapons, commemorative pieces
Self-Guided Tours: Group visits require at least 1 hour and are self-guided
so that the members can experience the museum at their own pace.
Visitors easily imagine life aboard USS Constitution through hands-on activities
in the museum's galleries - they can take the wheel, fire a cannon, swing in
a sailor's hammock. A video battle allows the visitor to maneuver USS Constitution
to out sail and fight a British enemy ship.
Interactive "Discovery Port" School Program
Discovery Port Educational Programs: The Discovery Port Program
at the USS Constitution Museum invites children to explore the history, spirit
and ideals of the emerging nation through USS Constitution. Students participate
in active role-playing as they learn how sailors aboard USS Constitution lived
and worked two hundred years ago. Students visit Discovery Ports in the museums
galleries and try activities that were part of the sailor's experience - keeping
time with an hour-glass and ship's bell, swinging in a hammock and setting a
mess (supper) of hard tack and grog. The students also become museum "curators"
and investigate and identify mystery "artifacts." Students may just
decide to enlist!
Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22,
Charlestown, MA 02129 | Tel: (617) 426-1812
Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
The Nautical Museum will actively involve you through interactive
exhibits, public events and programs.
From PCH going North:The museum is between Bayside Drive and Dover
Continue past traffic light on PCH at Bayside Drive and get into
left lane. At the traffic light at Dover Drive make a U-Turn and
come back over the bridge. Move into the right lane and turn RIGHT
into the Balboa Marina then RIGHT again and drive to the end of
the parking lot.
From PCH going South:The museum is between Bayside Drive and Dover
Drive. Once you cross the bridge over the Back Bay (you can see
the Museum Riverboat on the Right) Move into the right lane and
turn RIGHT into the Balboa Marina then RIGHT again and drive to
the end of the parking lot.
By Boat:Enter Newport Harbor and sail past Linda Isle towards the
Tie up to the Museum dock for Free during your museum visit. We
have 10' draft at high tide. Note: Dock space may not be available
if a Tall Ship is visiting. Call ahead for info.
The Newport Gallery
This Newport Gallery gallery presents locally oriented nautical
exhibits focusing on the history, culture and environmental aspects
of Newport Harbor.
These exhibits primarily include locally focused presentations
of the area's early history, settlement and Harbor development as
well as elements highlighting aspects of local fishing, surfing,
boat building and marine conservation.
Ship Model Gallery
A British warship model, hand-carved from soup bones by prisoners
of the Napoleonic War. The rigging is crafted from their own hair.
The Museum's Ship Model gallery is a world-class collection, showcasing
more than 50 antique and modern examples of vessels, primarily representing
Pacific watercraft. Housed in custom built display cases, the Collection
includes examples of early Polynesian and Chumash Indian canoes,
19th Century gold rush Clippers, Steamships, WWII naval vessels
and modern pleasure yachts. Each model category features its own
interactive touch screen kiosk offering essential data on the history
and significance of the models on exhibit.
The Grand Salon
The Museum's revolving exhibitions are presented in the Grand Salon.
With rare exception the Salon exhibitions (presenting three major
openings per year) focus on a wider interpretation of maritime endeavors
in the Pacific. Recent Grand Salon exhibitions include the works
of John Stobart, The American Society of Marine Artists "Brush
with the Sea", and local marine artist Arthur Beaumont, a United
Sates Navy commissioned artist during WWII. Opening September 22nd
in the Grand Salon will be "Echoes in the Ice".
TRSS museum - Community Events, Restoration
Shop, opening of a New Cat-Building
associations from the US