Discover the Think Tank

Play Maritime Gloucester's interactive fisheries game in our newest exhibit!


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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2014 Trails & Sails Event!

Lobster Lore at Maritime Gloucester!

Love lobster? On Sunday, September 21, come to Maritime Gloucester during Trails & Sails to get up-close and personal with New England’s favorite marine crustacean. We are offering two one-hour programs at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. You will see (and maybe even lend a hand in) how a traditional wooden half round lobster trap is made when Capt. Harold Burnham demonstrates this age-old craft. Discover many fun facts about the life of a lobster. All participants will have a chance to alternate between the lobster trap building demonstration and the lobster talk. Programs are free and limited to 20 participants each on a first come basis.

For more information on the event, click here.

This event is organized as part of the Essex National Heritage Area's Trails and Sails.

Can you lend a hand?

Fall Call for Volunteers!

“Whew!  Summer 2014 flew by fast!  Maritime Gloucester is changing gears and is looking for volunteer help for the fall season.

Aquarium Interpreter: We are looking for volunteers to fill in as Aquarium Interpreters for the months of September and October.  daily from 9:30 to 1:30, but we could use your help if you are only free in the afternoon. We are open until 5:00 pm daily. Training is available.

Children's Storytime: We are looking for volunteers to plan and staff a weekly story time for preschoolers and their parents/guardians. The story time takes place on Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 in our Children’s Room. Books, toys and other resources are available for volunteer use. 

Grant Researcher: We would love your help to research grants opportunities to further our programming. 

For more information on these volunteer opportunities including a volunteer application, please visit http://maritimegloucester.org/support/volunteer or email mmurray-brown@maritimegloucester.org.  

Gloucester Gig Rowers' Annual Harbor Race

Rowers....Start Your Oars!

Annual Rowing Harbor Race.  We welcome pilot gigs, whaleboats, dories, and other traditional rowing craft.  This is a  3+ mile triangular course in historic Gloucester harbor.

$30 per person; $25 with advance registration (received by August 30th) 

For more information check out the Gig Rowers home page.

To register click here.

Our new Interactive Fisheries Exhibit

Discover Maritime Gloucester's Think Tank

Technology Grant from Applied Materials Foundation Supports Maritime Gloucester’s Goal to be a 21st Century Discovery and Education Center

Our new interactive fisheries exhibit, “Think Tank”, opened on June 8th, World Oceans Day!  Maritime Gloucester has purchased a large, interactive, multi-touch table that is equipped with an integrated PC and supports animation, video, audio, photographic data and educational games. Community members, visitors and students will be able to play an interactive, animated game on the table in which they will seek to influence the size of a fishery population based on a variety of factors.  The game is part of a new exhibit called “Think Tank” that is designed to welcome all to the table to have a conversation about the challenges one faces when managing fisheries.  Click here for full info. 

Gloucester's iconic fishing schooner

Schooner Adventure at Maritime Gloucester for the 2014 Season!

The schooner Adventure will partner with Maritime Gloucester for the 2014 season! Gloucester’s iconic fishing schooner has moved to our waterfront campus on Harbor Loop. 

According to Maritime Gloucester’s Executive director Tom Balf, “The Schooner Adventure will be an important addition to our educational and visitor programs. As a dockside attraction with guided tours, charter and periodic public sails, Adventure will complement educational experiences and the daily public sails now offered by the Schooner Ardelle. Its presence on the Harriet Webster Pier will help further establish Maritime Gloucester as a preeminent maritime destination north of Boston. We know many in the community welcome this partnership.”

Everett James in Essex, MA built Adventure in 1926 to designs by the renowned marine architect Thomas McManus. Shipwrights are currently working on restoration of the fo’c’sle and galley at the Gloucester Marine Railways, and uprigging should occur in early June at the docks at Maritime Gloucester.

John Fuller, Executive Director of Gloucester Adventure, Inc. said “docking Adventure at Maritime Gloucester will help us re-launch Adventure into the next leg of her long and storied journey. As an integral part of Maritime Gloucester’s historic waterfront campus, including their highly regarded educational programming, Adventure will support Maritime Gloucester’s mission to inspire their visitors and students through hands-on education and experiences that can now occur on board the vessel. Our being on the Harriet Webster Pier is a win for Maritime Gloucester, Schooner Adventure, and the City of Gloucester.”

“The combination of Adventure and the Ardelle creates a destination with a truly memorable dockside, museum or sailing experience. Students and visitors this summer will be able to tour the historic Adventure, take a sail on the Ardelle, visit our aquarium with its local and Gulf of Maine species, or discover our new fisheries exhibit in our Gorton’s Gallery or the variety of outside exhibits that describe Gloucester’s past, present and future” said Maritime Gloucester’s Balf.

Fuller added that The Adventure hopes to revive its popular Sunday pancake breakfast aboard the vessel that once attracted visitors from throughout the region.

Oceans of Discovery

Annual Report 2013

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