The Evolution of the Fishing Schooner

See our new exhibit featuring half hulls by Brad Story


Gloucester’s Working Waterfront

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


Sail on the Schooner Ardelle

Capt. Harold Burnham will resume public sails in May of 2017. Thanks for a great season!


Sea Pocket Lab Aquarium - Closed for the Season

We'll be back, and better than ever, in May of 2017!


Interactive Maritime Exhibits

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

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Roaring Forties from Australia

Tickets are on sale now for our concert to kick off our summer season.

Please join us in welcoming the musical group The Roaring Forties as they deliver a powerful performance of maritime songs from “Down Under” with their combined voices that create a distinctive sound loved by so many.

The Roaring Forties takes its name from the strong westerly winds found off the coast of Australia, over an expanse of deep sea so turbulent it is known as the “Roaring Forties”.

June 3rd! Guests arrive at 6:30 for wine-tasting from Russell Orchards of Ipswich with a selection of their prize-winning wines and famous cider donuts. Concert begins at 7:15.

Tickets are $15/members, $20/non-members.  Click here to purchase tickets.


Sign Up Today for Summer Programs!

Our summer schedule is set and offers some great adventures, learning and fun!  Click the links below for full information and to register online.

Coastal Explorers ages 8-11. Explore Gloucester Harbor aboard the Schooner Ardelle. (two sessions)

Coastal Explorers ages 12-15. Explore Gloucester Harbor aboard the Schooner Ardelle.     

Harbor Discovery. For Gloucester 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who enjoyed our school year “Ocean Explorers” program. 

High School Internships. Interns work as interpreters in the Sea Pocket Lab Aquarium, assist in animal husbandry duties, and participate in the development and care of aquarium exhibits. 

College Internships. College interns will assist staff with wet lab and aquarium tank maintenance and aquarium husbandry. 

Call us today at 978-281-0470 or send us an email at info@maritimegloucester.org if you don't find what you need on the website.

Calling all Docents

History Buff? People Person? Join our Docent Team!

Maritime Gloucester is getting ready to open for the summer season and we are seeking volunteer docents in our galleries and waterfront campus. Docents will conduct tours and generally engage with our visitors. Training is provided and all are encouraged to apply. We are open to the public from Memorial Day Weekend until Columbus Day Weekend with a variety of shifts available. Training will be provided with opportunities to shadow current docents. Ideal candidates should be cheerful, curious, strong public speakers, and have knowledge and interest in Cape Ann’s maritime history and culture. If you are interested, please email volunteer@maritimegloucester.org.



Work Opportunity

Looking for help with the heavy lifting

Maritime Gloucester is seeking firms interested in the preparation of the site, including the installation of a cement grade beam footing and footings, to support the construction of a viewing platform around the marine railway. Interested firms should contact Steve Parkes at Maritime Gloucester for additional information and to obtain a copy of drawings. Work to commence in May. 

This work is made possible by a generous grant from the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman.

Learn from Experts


Apply for a High School or College Internship at Maritime Gloucester.  Internships at Maritime Gloucester include opportunities to work with and learn from a diversity of staff, ranging from educators and marine scientist to wood-workers and fiscal analysts.  

Annual Appeal


It’s not too late to donate to our Annual Fund! We are already receiving early spring donations, and appreciate your support. Your tax-deductible gift helps us continue our educational outreach, keep the stories and activities alive on the waterfront and inspire new ocean leaders. Thank you for your support! Click here to give.


Aquarium Renovations Underway!

Maritime Gloucester's Aquarium Committee has spent the past few months working with the aquarium design firm, Lyons/Zaremba to devise a plan for renovating our Sea Pocket Aquarium and touch tanks. The new aquarium will have twice the volume of water and include many types of local fish. Work is on-going to create an attractive space for new tanks and equipment. We have exciting changes on our waterfront campus in store for spring. Stay tuned as we roll out more details over the coming weeks!

We are filling the tanks and testing out the new system. So much fun to watch it all come together! Next step - creatures!

Visit our YouTube channel to watch one of the tanks being lowered into the aquarium. For more information read this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.

Work Continues

Progress Update on the Harbor Clean Up

The end is in sight! Reconstruction of our pier has begun.

 Read about the project in this Gloucester Daily Times article. For more information visit National Grid's website devoted to the clean-up.


Opening Day

Maritime Gloucester exhibits open for the season on May 27th!

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