It's time to set sail for an adventure in Maine, because we're off to the Penobscot Marine Museum, which preserves, interprets and celebrates the maritime history and culture of the Penobscot Bay region and beyond!
The principal exhibits at Penobscot Marine Museum focus on the industry of the region during the 19th century, and illustrate what it was actually like to live and work on one of the great square-rigged ships in the late 1800s - we imagine it's pretty different to what you are used to today - complete with historic buildings too!
Kids - let those imaginations run wild as you read first-hand stories of the daily lives of the crew, and the joys and the struggles they faced - imagine the stories told, the smells, and the sounds
The Penobscot Marine Museum features permanent collections across more than a dozen areas.
You can be inspired by the marine art, or really see frozen moments in time throughout the photography.
There are historic navigation instruments, as well as ship and boat models, and even China trade items (at that time, China was considered very exotic!)
Learn how the ships were built through the shipbuilding artifacts, and study the ship's papers and records, and see some of the furnishings they would have had on board, and during that time.
Alongside the permanent collections, the Penobscot Marine Museum features changing exhibits, each covering a specific topic in depth, so you can really enhance your learning experience, and some features hands-on fun for kids!
It's time to embark from the port, and enjoy an adventure out on the seas (not really kids, you don't leave the ground!) at the Penobscot Marine Museum - ALL ABOARD, the adventure is about to depart!
The Admissions Office and Museum Store are at 2 Church St., at the corner of Main Street (US Route 1) in the center of Searsport. Look for our sign and a tall sailboat mast in the front park.
From Rockland and Camden: head north on Rte. 1. We’re about 6 miles past the city of Belfast.
From Augusta: take Rte. 3 east/north to Belfast. Get on Rte. 1 north/east and follow directions above.
From Bangor: from I-95, get onto I-395E, then take exit 3A to Rte. 1A South (Main Road). In Stockton Springs, go west/south on Rte. 1 to Searsport.
From Mt. Desert, Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor: Rte. 3 north to Rte. 1 west/south. Go through Ellsworth, Bucksport and Stockton Springs to Searsport.
$10 (Ages 8 to 16)
Seniors & Students (over 17yrs with ID) - $12 / free for PMM members & Active Duty Military Families
Nowhere to eat on site but there are several good places to eat right in the neighborhood. There are lobster pounds nearby where the lobster is always fresh. And Belfast, 10 minutes away, has a wide variety of restaurants.
Check out the special activities for children, including "Yard in the Yard" and "Peapod"!
There of course is a store, so stop in before you leave and pick up some great gifts and souvenirs, relating to the museum and the exhibits, including clothing, books, photography, cards and more!
Field trips can be adapted to any age level!
Two spaces are dedicated to hands-on activities (featuring 19th century life and the fishing industry), and all exhibits have child-friendly elements.Outdoors are a large scale model of a ship’s mast, an authentic capstan and a ship’s wheel. Raise and lower sails, haul up the anchor and steer the ship while learning what it was like to sail aboard one of Maine’s large wooden vessels.
Explore superb collections of marine art, historic boats, ship models, 19th century Asian export items, and an extensive exhibit of the history and industries of the Penobscot Bay area.
Most of the exhibits are wheelchair-accessible, but because of the nature of 19th-century buildings, a few are not accessible on the 2nd floor.