Gloucester’s Working Waterfront

Learn about boatbuilding and see the country's oldest continuously working Marine Railway.


Sail on the Schooner Ardelle

Sails leave daily from Maritime Gloucester. Purchase tickets online below.


Sea Pocket Lab Aquarium

Touch hermit crabs, skates, sea stars and lobsters and learn about Cape Ann's coastal habitats.


Interactive Maritime Exhibits

Discover Gloucester's fishing heritage in the "Fitting Out" exhibit.

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Announcing Our 2015 Present Making Workshops

Register today for Maritime Gloucester's Present Making Workshops!

Family Present Making Workshop. Saturday, December 5 from 10:00am to 12noon. Make Holiday Ornaments & Greeting Cards all with a maritime twist! MEMBERS $5.00 PER CHILD, NON-MEMBERS $8.00 PER CHILD. Register HERE.

Fish Printing for Adults. Tuesday, December 1 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm  Learn the Japanese craft of Gyotaku.We'll be printing on canvas bags, aprons and frame-worthy paper. MEMBER FEE: $20.00 AND NON-MEMBER FEE: $25.00. Register HEREThis event sold out last year, so register early! UPDATE: This program is sold-out. Please email mmurray-brown@maritimegloucester.org to be placed on the wait list. Thanks for your interest!

Questions about the events? Please contact Melanie Murray-Brown at (978) 281-0470 or email mmurray-brown@maritimegloucester.org.

The Tradition Continues

Annual Holiday Party!

Don't be a Scrooge...come on down to Maritime Gloucester for our annual holiday party and sale!
Thursday December 3, from 5 to 8 pm. There will be food and beverages as well as 25%* off most of our items.
Take some time to get caught up with old friends and learn what is going on at Maritime Gloucester. 


*For one day only! 25% discount for MG members (and for teachers); 15% off for non-members (and non-teachers).

Show Your Support

Give a Year-End Gift to the Annual Fund

Your contributions will help us to continue offering hands on marine science programs to schools, families and visitors on the North Shore. This past year, we served over 5,000 students, worked with 50 partner organizations and hosted over 80 school groups and 100 field trips. We provided science enrichment to over 1,400 elementary school children in 65 classrooms and welcomed over 15,000 visitors to our museum and sea pocket aquarium. We need your help so these programs can continue. Your gift will insure that we remain a vital storyteller of the rich maritime history of our coastal communities and an educator helping to sustain our heritage and shape a bright future. Please CLICK HERE to donate now and thank you for your generosity.

That’s a Wrap (at least for now)…

Progress Update on the Harbor Clean Up

It’s been a successful day at Maritime Gloucester completing the work on our site for the season. Our floats and gig boats were moved over to the northern hauling pier so rowers can continue to get out on the water through December. This activity completes the work on our site for the season. We welcome you to come down over the course of the winter to the Harriet Webster Pier and observe the progress being made on the Harbormaster's seawall, Solomon Jacob's Park and the harbor dredging which will begin later next month.

Stay on Course!

Announcing the 2016 Boat Captain's & Safe Boating Classes at Maritime Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester has once again partnered with Boatwise to offer a series of Captain's Courses and Safe Boating Basics and Navigation Classes. All courses and classes will take place in Maritime Gloucester's Robbins Classroom. Descriptions, dates and tuition are listed below. Class hours are Saturday and Sunday 8:30a-5:30p and Tuedays and Thursdays from 6:00p-10:00p. Register through Boatwise HERE.

OUPV (6 PAK) Captain's License Course. US Coast Guard Approved. Captain may operate an uninspected vessel up to 100GT carrying a maximum of 6 paying passengers, plus crew. DATES: Jan, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 24 TEST: Feb 7  TUITION: $1095

Master 100T Captain's License Course. US Coast Guard Approved. Captain may operate an inspected vessel up to maximum 100GT carrying maximum number of passengers stipulated by the US Coast Guard.  Includes OUPV certification. DATES: Jan, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31 TEST: Feb 7   TUITION: $1295

OUPV to Master 100T UPGRADE: Must have OUPV Certificate in hand.  DATES: Jan 26, 28, 30, 31 TEST: Feb 7   TUITION: $295

Safe Boating Basics:   Learn the  aspects  of  boating safely  and  legally in this NASBLA approved ONE DAY of classroom instruction. A "must" for all boaters, all ages. This class usually lowers your boat insurance premium. Massachusetts approved for young operator's permit (age 12 - 16). Approved for all ages in Rhode Island and CT.  DATES: Nov 14 & Feb 20  TUITION: $89 

Coastal Navigation:   Fundamentals of coastal navigation from the perspective that the student has no current knowledge of navigation techniques.  This 8-hour curriculum includes 2 to 3 hours hands-on chart work using skills taught. DATES: Dec 5 & Feb 27  TUITION: $89

Group Tours at Maritime Gloucester

On the Road Again!

This fall Maritime Gloucester was thrilled to welcome over 100 visitors from Road Scholar who had come to Cape Ann to take in our beautiful waterfront and learn about Gloucester's maritime heritage. Local historian, Mary McCarl presented on the former Duncan's Point neighborhood (present day Harbor Loop) and the larger than life people who worked and lived there. Local sailmaker, Josh Bevins discussed and demonstrated his craft of sail making focussing on the materials and tools he uses in his work. Thank you Road Scholar for bringing us these groups of interested and engaged travellers!

Harbor, Cleanup

Progress Report on Harbor Cleanup

As some of you know, National Grid is undertaking the cleanup of contamination in the harbor resulting from the activities of the former Gloucester Manufactured Gas Plant site which operated in the 19th and 20th century on Harbor Loop and Rogers Street. By-products from these operations resulted in releases of coal tar residue and other manufacturing by-products. More information about the historical uses of the property and the cleanup can be found here.

Preparations for the cleanup have already begun. This two-year project will have a major impact on Maritime Gloucester. Some impacts will be good -- the cleanup of coal tar residue and other contaminants in and around the harbor. Some impacts will be challenging -- the removal of our pier (Next August - 2016) to allow for the cleanup of contaminated sediments on our property. And some impacts are what we (Maritime Gloucester and the community) make of it -- namely, an educational or teaching moment to learn about contamination, risk, cleanup and maritime jobs.

This fall, our field trip season is unaffected and the Harriet Webster Pier will be fully accessible. The only material impact on our campus this year is impacted parking, and the movement of the Schooner Ardelle and the gig rowing fleet to new locations on our property. 

Read the full letter from our Executive Director here about the cleanup and its impact on Maritime Gloucester. 

Sharpen Your Pencils!

Working Writers Group at Maritime Gloucester

The next of the Working Waterfront Writers Group kicks off on October 13 at 7:30 pm.  The Gloucester Writers Center and Maritime Gloucester are offering a writers group for current and past waterfront workers led by the Writers Center’s Amanda Cook.  We will focus on writing about work, the relationship between the writer and the waterfront, and documenting particular experiences.

This is a free program, limited to 10 writers. New participants are welcome!
Please register by clicking HERE or emailing info@maritimegloucester.org.
Questions? Contact Amanda Cook at orangeamanda@yahoo.com or Melanie Murray-Brown at mmurray-brown@maritimegloucester.org.

Group meets 4 times every other Tuesday from October 13 to November 24 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Grooming girls for greatness

Teens from around the globe get an up close look at Gloucester.

Young women from around globe check out the Sea Pocket Touch Tank Aquarium at Maritime Gloucester Saturday as part of the Women2Women Conference.  Photo by Desi Smith.

GLOUCESTER — A group of 120 young women from all over the globe descended on the Maritime Gloucester museum Saturday afternoon to learn all about marine science, the local fishing industry, and what it's like to be a female sea captain.

The point of the program was to help inspire these young women — ages 15 to 19 — and assure them they can have a place among the next generation of influential chemists, biologists, engineers, mathematicians — even seafarers, if that's their dream.

Read the full article from the Gloucester Daily Times.

Preparing Our Next Generation

2014 Annual Report

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