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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Annual Appeal


Please consider a tax-deductible gift to Maritime Gloucester. Your gift will allow us to continue our educational outreach and help with our future success connecting generations to the ocean, and keeping alive the stories and activities of a working waterfront. Won’t you join us in inspiring a new generation of ocean leaders? Please use the link below and thank you for your support.


Bert & I

Down East Fun for a Good Cause!

Maritime Gloucester is thrilled to bring back Fred Dodge, storyteller extraordinaire, on Friday, January 13th from 7-9 PM. Come join us and have some good ole Down East laughs while he tells his stories in the tradition of Bert & I.

New England fare will be served including Chowder, Baked Beans, Whoopie Pies, Beer from Cape Ann Brewing & Ipswich Ale's All Natural Soda Pop, all complimentary with your tickets. This is a fundraiser for Maritime Gloucester, so come laugh, enjoy good company and good eats while supporting our educational and heritage programs. These tickets will make great gifts for the holidays!!!!!

Click here for tickets.

Gertie is in the House!

Installation of the Gertrude L. Thebaud Model

We are excited to unveil the newest addition to our Gorton's Seafoods Gallery - a model of the Gertrude L. Thebaud built by Brad Story and Carl Fuller.

The model is a highlight of our suite of new and upcoming schooner exhibits that tell the stories of the International Fishermen's Races, the Gloucester Schooner Festival, and the evolution of the Grand Banks fishing schooners. 

This impressive model was donated by J.R Lufkin, Albert Sweeney, and G. Marion Sweeney. Many thanks to Michael Wall and his crew from American Marine Model Gallery, Inc. for their help with the installation.

Holiday Hours

Shop Locally

Maritime Gloucester is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 - 2:00.  

Beat the crowds, support your community with something  for everyone on your holiday list at ShopMaritime. Here are just a few suggestions:

For the sailor: Nautical Rope bracelet, Maritime Long Sleeve t-shirt, Recycled Sail Bag

For the bibliophileSoul of an Octopus, The Narrow Edge, War of the Whales, What a Fish Knows

For the ocean loving kid: Buoy Bats, Plankton Nets, Shark puppets, Sammy the Seal

For the foodie: Cape Ann Salt & Seasonings, Locally Sourced Cook Books

Host gifts: Hand-made Ceramic Ornaments & Shell Dishes, Lobster Trap Wine Carriers

Stocking Stuffers: Gloucester Soap, Lobster Lollipops, Whale Socks, Monkey Fist Key Chain, Gift of Membership

Not only are you supporting the shop local movement when you make a purchase, but you are also supporting the programs and activities at Maritime Gloucester. MG members enjoy a 10% discount at ShopMaritime every day.


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 months!

For more information read this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.

National Grid Harbor Cleanup

Exhibit & Program Update

Our interactive exhibits remain open in the Gorton's Gallery, the Children's Room, and the Dive Locker. Shop Maritime is fully stocked with tshirts, hats, unique gifts and a large selection of maritime-themed books for the whole family. Due to the National Grid harbor clean-up, however, we've had to close our touch tanks and aquarium for the season.

The National Grid began site work at Maritime Gloucester and to Harriet Webster Pier is scheduled to be completed by May 2017. For the remainder of the season, admission to Maritime Gloucester is free of charge!

Schooner Adventure (winner of the 2016 Esperanto Cup) has moved to her temporary home at the Jodrey State Fish Pier until the harbor clean up is completed and our pier rebuilt.

We hope to see you here and remain grateful for your continued support!

Work Continues

Progress Update on the Harbor Clean Up

Phase two of the National Grid harbor clean-up is well underway. Though we've had to close the aquarium due to turbulence in the harbor our galleries remain open through December. For the remainder of the season admission to our exhibits is free (we will, however, gratefully appreciate a gift to our donation box!). Read about the project in this Gloucester Daily Times article. For more information visit National Grid's website devoted to the clean-up.

Thanks to Matthew Benincasa for this time-lapse video of the work. For more great videos check out our YouTube channel.

Member & Visitor Discount Offer

A Standing Ovation for our Community Partner, Gloucester Stage Company

We are pleased to offer Maritime Gloucester members and visitors a discount on tickets to the Gloucester Stage Company's 2016 season productions. Mention or use online code "MARITIME" to receive $5.00 off each ticket. Keep your ticket stub and receive a 10% discount at Shop Maritime. Click HERE for the GSC schedule and ticket information. Thank you, Gloucester Stage Company for joining Maritime Gloucester as a community partner.

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