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 is sailing again! Check our calendar for the schedule.


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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Yoga on the Harbor is Back!

Sunday Morning Practice on the Pier with Cape Ann Power Yoga

After a really fun 2016 season, Cape Ann Power Yoga and Maritime Gloucester are offering another summer of Yoga on the Harbor. Come and practice in the quiet morning magic of America’s Oldest Seaport, and help support the mission Maritime Gloucester.

Classes held Sundays from 8:00 - 9:00 am through August 27. Classes are open to all levels. Weekly class price $10 and only $5 for Maritime Gloucester members. Bring your own mat and water. Register online using the MINDBODY app or come and pay with cash or check. Class will be canceled in the event of foul weather. Notification will be posted on the Cape Ann Power Yoga facebook page. Email capeannpoweryoga@gmail.com with questions.


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.

Fun Free Friday

Plan a Visit to Maritime Gloucester for Fun Free Friday June 30!

We are excited to be among the 85 organizations across Massachusetts participating in this year's Free Fun Fridays, thanks to our partnership with the Highland Street Foundation. Admission will be free on Friday, June 30 when we'll have uniquel F3 programs. Our partner, Schooner Ardelle will be offereing one-hour sails at a special rate. Check our website for updated information. You can book your harbor sail HERE.

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.

Do you see what I see?

Sea Serpent Sighting 200th Anniversary Cruise 

The Cape Ann Museum, Maritime Gloucester and schooner Ardelle, proudly and jointly present this bicentennial tour. This special guided tour on the Ardelle (Captain Harold Burnham) will be narrated by Wayne Soini, the author of The Gloucester Sea Serpent of 1817 (History Press, 2010). The tour will be offered twice; at 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm. Space is limited. Register for the 3:30 tour HERE and for the 6:00 tour HERE.

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.

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