Fish and Fisheries Public Seminar Series

Learn about local fishes and whales during this free series. Thursdays at 7pm throughout April.


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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Marine Science Internships

Intern in our Aquarium this summer!

“I can't tell you how much I learned about marine life, running an aquarium, and even teaching the public. Every shift I came home with a new story to tell: ‘Today I watched a squid shoot ink!’ or ‘Today I looked at live crab plankton with a microscope!’ and the entire experience was extremely valuable.” –Lindsey, Marine Science Intern

Maritime Gloucester offers unpaid summer marine science internships for high school students who have completed their freshman year.  The program is centered around hands-on learning in our small outdoor aquarium, the Sea Pocket Lab.  The aquarium consists of several saltwater habitat tanks, including four touch tanks, filled with specimens of local marine life.  Sea Pocket Lab Aquarium is designed to educate visitors and students about local marine environments, introduce them to the creatures that inhabit our coastal waters, and engage them in Gloucester’s rich maritime heritage.  Interns work as interpreters, assist in animal husbandry duties, and participate in the care of aquarium exhibits.  Interns can also participate in educational enrichment programs and tide pool collecting trips, giving them a chance to better understand the coastal marine life of Gloucester.  Advanced Internships, focusing on Maritime Education or Citizen Science, are also being offered this summer.  

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Marine Science and Maritime Heritage

Summer Programs at Maritime Gloucester!

Sail a schooner, build a robot, explore science through art, or intern in our Aquarium!  Register today for our fun and educational Summer Programs!  Click below for full info and registration.  

June 28 - August 31: High School Marine Science Internships (Students who have completed their freshman year)

July 7 - July 11: Coastal Explorers: Voyagers (Ages 12-14)    

July 14 - 18: Marine ROV (Students entering grades 6-9)

July 21 - 24: Coastal Explorers: Sailing and Science (Ages 8-11)  

August 4 - 8: Coastal Explorers: Seafarers (Ages 14-17) 

Science Explorations through Art with Cape Ann Art Haven (Full info coming soon) 

Late June - late August: Children's Drop-In Programs (PreK - 12 years) 

Thanks to all who participated

Marine Debris Cleanup a Success!

From our Executive Director, Thomas Balf: "Thanks again to all who were involved in this Saturday's First Gloucester Harbor Marine Debris Cleanup. We estimate more than 70 people participated at sites around the harbor, and we collected more than 100 bags of waste and recycling. In one hour! The students in boats, in concert with the land patrols, were very successful. Thanks to Rachael Miller and the Rozalia Project for their initiative, leadership and resources. And to Hiltz Waste Disposal for their corporate support. And to each individual. It is these type of events that can demonstrate that we are not alone and that collectively we can make a difference. I think we were all shocked when we reconvened at the dock at Maritime Gloucester and saw both the numbers of people involved and the quantity of marine debris collected. I think I share the sentiment when I say that the efforts of others, and the extent of the problem, has motivated me to do more."

Register today!

April Vacation at Maritime Gloucester!

Register today for our fun and educational April vacation week programs!  Click below for full info and registration.      

PreK - 1st Grade, 10:30-11:30, Parents/Guardians Required

Monday, April 21: Brilliant Bubbles

Wednesday, April 23: Stick Puppets Aquariums

Friday, April 25: Seahorses and Seadragons  

2nd-5th Grade, 1:00-3:00 Drop-Off Programs 

Monday, April 21: Sandcastle Sculptures

Wednesday, April 23: Frozen Crystals

Friday, April 25: Build It and Break It

Large Pelagics Research Center Presents

2014 Fish and Fisheries Public Seminar Series

Maritime Gloucester will host the Large Pelagics Research Center's April Seminar Series.  Weekly programs start at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays in the Gorton’s Seafoods Gallery. For advance online reservations click the links below or call 978 281 0470.

April 3:  Atlantic Bluefin, Bigeye, and Billfish:  Research for Sustainable Fisheries-and the Challenges That Go With It

April 10:  From Food Webs to Fisheries: The Interdependence of Socioeconomics and Ecology in the Gulf of Maine

April 17:  Minimizing Vessel Strikes to Endangered Right Whales: A Crash Course in Conservation, Science, and Policy

April 24: Near and Far, Large and Small: What Underwater Sound Can Tell Us About Fish and Plankton in the Sea

The Chip Norton Fundraiser

Row Hard, No Excuses

The Gloucester Gig Rowers will be hosting the documentary Row Hard, No Excuses at the The Cape Ann Community Cinema to honor the memory of Chip Norton. Chip was a beloved member of the Gloucester Gig Rowers and supporter of Maritime Gloucester. Join us on Thursday, April 24th at 7:30. Tickets are $20; we recommend purchasing tickets in advance through our website. Wine, beer, and snacks will be for sale.  The cinema is located at 21 Main Street in Gloucester. 

Reopening late May 2014

Welcome To Maritime Gloucester!

Welcome to Maritime Gloucester. Our goal is to connect generations to the working waterfront of America’s oldest seaport.  Our Museum and Aquarium will reopen in late May 2014, but be on the lookout for special winter programs, including maritime lectures and children's activities.  While we are currently closed to the public, we're busy visiting Cape Ann's elementary schools and hosting field trips through our expanded Ocean Explorers program!

Oceans of Discovery

A Gift to Maritime Gloucester Continues To Give!

Maritime Gloucester — A Special Place for the Stamos Brothers

A Reflection by Their Mother, Lynn Colletti

"Sometimes something can be right in front of you and you do not see it until it is pointed out to you.  Any North Shore Scuba diver can tell you that.  Scuba divers can rush around underwater looking for a real find, or they can stop moving and watch the underwater floor come to life before their eyes.  Maritime Gloucester is like that.  It is small and unassuming at first glance. There are no bright colors, loud music or flashy electronic banners announcing activities at a breakneck pace to catch your attention. What you will find are touch tanks, plankton labs, small classrooms and an informative staff. My kids have grown with the museum and have yet to tire of the variety of activities, critters and people they meet.  

Richard started visiting Maritime Gloucester for the touch tanks, but became more involved when he needed to complete community service credits to graduate from Junior High School. Being an intern at Maritime Gloucester was such a positive experience that Richard will be returning to intern for his third year in 2014.  As an intern Richard is exposed to people from all over the world, the ocean, biology, lab work, dissections, ship building, schooners and life in general.  Currently Richard is a member of the North Shore "Ship 5" Sea Scouts, where he enjoys making monkey fists and gig rowing. 'Maritime Gloucester has helped me with biology, along with understanding DNA and the evolution of sea creatures.'

Christopher would visit Maritime Gloucester for the activities.  Although the touch tanks held his attention, Chris wanted to learn more so he attended the Coastal Explorers Day Program and was hooked when he was asked to dissect a mackerel.   Last year Chris participated in the ROV program and is looking forward to also becoming an intern like his brother.  When asked how Maritime Gloucester impacts the community, Chris shared "People who live near the water should understand the ocean and the animals who live in it."  

Maritime Gloucester is as active as the bottom of the ocean. Programs are interesting, informative, imaginative hands-on and worth participating in.  It is a fun place to explore and discover. But much like the bottom of the ocean, if you rush through it, you miss everything."   

Your generosity allows Maritime Gloucester to thrive and continue momentum as we fulfill our mission to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage, and environmental stewardship.  

In 2014, we will implement new initiatives including:

  • The opening of "Schooner Way" with interpretive exhibits and displays from Harbor Loop to the end of Webster Pier;
  • New exhibits in the Gorton's Seafoods Gallery and improvements to the aquarium;
  • Additional staffing and a volunteer program in response to growing demand for educational and public programming.

To donate through our secure site, please visit click here

Thank you for your consideration.  If you have already given — we are grateful for your support!

Maritime Gloucester is a 501(c)(3) organization where contributions are fully deductible to the extent allowed by the law. 

Oceans of Discovery

Annual Report 2013

Explore, Inspire, Motivate

Our Students Are Giving Back - Our Newest Video

At Maritime Gloucester, we believe that exploration, inspiration and motivation are the secrets to connecting students to the ocean and the sciences. We're proud that our programs and educational approach are motivating today's youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math as well as seek careers in the traditional maritime trades.