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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Is it a bird? Is it a buoy? No...it's a DRIFTER!

We made drifters yesterday! Maritime Gloucester welcomed Jim Manning, physical oceanographer with NOAA and teachers and students from regional schools in Gloucester, Manchester-Essex, Rockport High School, Danvers, Swampscott and Beverly who worked together to make drifters for their classes so they can collect data on ocean currents.

Teachers and students heard an overview of why drifters are important to science—they can help predict the location of lobster larvae and confirm oceanographic models. The participants spent a couple of hours constructing drifters in our classroom.  Maritime Gloucester, led by Amanda Madeira, is joining the Drifter Club by initiating a drifter project with the newly formed STEM Club for Girls.  Once drifters are constructed and tested, the drifters are deployed in the ocean with the help of local fishermen.  For more information on the program visit this site. If you want to where the drifters drift, follow along here.

February Vacation Program

Sea Creatures of Cape Ann February 16-19, 2016 8:30AM – 3:30PM

Sea Creatures of Cape Ann is an environmental vacation program at Maritime Gloucester.  The program is four days (Tuesday – Friday) and includes a variety of activities in the classroom, microscope laboratory, wet lab, and museum.  Students may enroll for a day or for the entire four days.  There are two different programs based on age of the students that are offered during the four-days:  (1) Pre-K to K (age 3.5-5) & (2) Grade 1-5.  

Goal of the Week:  Students will explore, identify, and describe a diversity of sea creatures from Cape Ann through hands-on activities, small-group and class discussions, and research.

Tuesday - Coastal Invertebrates: Lobsters, Squid, and More!

  • What is a major difference between you and a squid?  Well – one major difference is that we have bones that give us shape. Invertebrates along our shore come in many sizes and shapes.  Get your hands dirty and slimy while we examine the invertebrates of Cape Ann.

Wednesday - Fishes and Fishing 

  • Gloucester is a fishing town – and loves its fishes!  Take a tour of the harbor to look at different types of fishing boats.  Observe and examine different types of fishes.  Make fish prints.  Come to our town to experience why fish and fishing is an important part of our culture. 

Thursday - Sharks and Skates 

  • Shark!!  Now that I have your attention, let’s talk science.  How do sharks move, breathe, and eat?  Explore the fascinating life of sharks and skates – and learn about all of the sharks and skates that live in Gloucester Harbor.

Friday - Marine Mammals: Whales, Seals, and More! 

  • Who gets excited when you see a seal pop its head out of the water?  We certainly do!  We’ll spend time along the harbor looking for seals and other marine life that call Cape Ann home.  Enjoy a day of examining different types of marine mammals that you may see swimming by Cape Ann.

April Vacation Program

Great Migrations April 19-22, 2016

Great Migrations is an environmental and art vacation program.  The program is four days (Tuesday – Friday).  Students may enroll for one day or for the entire four days.  There are two programs:  (1) PreK-K, age 3.5-5 & (2) Grade 1-5. 

  • The PreK-K program is a drop-in program at Maritime Gloucester.
  • The Grade 1-5 program is a collaboration between Maritime Gloucester and Art Haven.  The first half of the day (8:30-12:00) will be spent on the Maritime Gloucester campus, and the second half of the day (12:00-3:30) will be spent at Art Haven.

Daily Themes:

Tuesday – Oceans of the World

  • While all the oceans are connected and represent the greatest and most diverse habitat on earth, the different oceans of the world contain unique features and creatures.  Explore how our oceans are connected and how a diversity of creatures live and migrate to different parts of the ocean.  From the deep and dark abyss to our local rocky tidepools, creatures have adapted to different conditions in the ocean.

Wednesday – Birds of Cape Ann & Beyond

  • Did you know that sea gulls are really just gulls?  A bird-watching (birder) friend told me that before, which led me to investigate why?  Well, one reason is that some gulls migrate away from the sea (ocean), so how can a sea gull be a sea gull on a lake or on a farm? Farm gull?  And – have you ever seen ducks diving in the harbor in the winter and spring?  Then the ducks are gone in the summer, replaced by herons and egrets.  We will explore the harbor to observe different birds and learn how to identify a variety of birds.

Thursday – Big Fishes & Small Fishes

  • Tuna!  Wow!  Cod! Magnificent!  Eels!  What?!  Many fishes spend the year in Gloucester Harbor, but many more – both big and small – only visit Gloucester and the Gulf of Maine for a small portion of the year.  Let’s learn about our resident fishes and our seasonal visitors.  We may even get to collect a few resident fishes and bring them back to the Maritime Gloucester aquarium for detailed observations.

Friday – Whales

  • Whales migrate great distances, and we are lucky to have a productive feeding ground right offshore.  Explore the life of whales from around the world, observe adaptations of whales to swim great distances, and listen to whales communicate.  Did you know that some whales can communicate with each other even when they are 1000s of miles apart?!  Cool adaptation to live in our beautiful oceans.

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Thursday Nights are Getting Exciting!

MGTalks Kick Off with "Who Owns the Ocean?", a Panel Discussion


Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm Maritime Gloucester presents a panel discussion on Who Owns the Ocean, the Massachusetts Ocean Plan, Balancing Interests while Managing "Ocean Sprawl”

Panelists Bruce Carlisle, Director of Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and Jack Clarke, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, Mass Audubon will explore this signficant work in Massachusetts to create the Massachusetts Ocean Plan. This panel discussion will provide you with the background on how and why the plan was developed, explore the role of stakeholders and discuss its stresses--from sand and gravel mining to our Canadian neighbors exploring for gas and oil. Leaving plenty of time for your questions and group discussion.

This program is supported through a generous contribution from Mill River Consulting.

Register for this free event HERE. Space is limited.

Winter Fun at Maritime Gloucester

Merry Time Play Dates Begin January 15th

Come in from the cold and invite your playgroup to meet at Maritime Gloucester on Friday mornings. The Children's Room will be open between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon. Play with our interactive toys, share a story, and listen to some music. Maritime Members are free, non-members pay $5.00 per family. Take advantage of our punch card to earn a family membership.

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 Sarah Fraser Robbins Classroom. Descriptions, dates and tuition are listed below.  Register with Boatwise at (800) 698-7373.

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: 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: Feb 27  TUITION: $89

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. For more information visit National Grid's website devoted to the clean-up.

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