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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MG Talks/Tell-Tail Tales

Mark Bos on the Beautiful Art of Blind Sailing on February 16

Mark Bos served as helmsman on last year’s US Blind Sailing Team. He and his team represented the US at the 2016 World Blind Sailing Championship. Mark, along with one of his sighted coaches, will be at Maritime Gloucester to discuss the origins of blind competitive sailing and the different mechanics and methods of blind sailing. Mark and his coach will cover how blind athletes learn and train for sailing competition. Come and hear Mark’s personal account of his competition history and share in his love for the sport of sailing. This will be an open forum with questions and ideas to be shared.

Admission is free of charge through the generous support of the Ellis Family Foundation. Donations are welcome at the door. Space is limited. For registration and the full MG Talk series schedule, click HERE

2017 MG Talks Announced!

Stories of Sailing Adventures & Research on the Ocean's Biggest and Tiniest Creatures

This year we explore the themes, Tell-Tail Tales and Big & Small. Tell-Tail Tales will feature two speakers who will engage the audience on their sailing adventures through competition and limit testing. First, on February 16,  Mark Bos, Team USA Helmsman will give us a exciting presentation on competing in the during the 2016 Blind Match Race World Cup Championship On March 30, Joe Harris presents on his pursuit to solo circumnavigate the globe aboard his 40-ft. monohull, Gryphon Solo 2.  

With Big & Small, we'll explore research on some of the largest creatures in the ocean and some of the very tiniest. On March 2, we'll welcome Iain Kerr, Executive Director of Ocean Alliance who will take us on a journey to dive & fly into the world of whales & drones. Iain has spent the last 30 years running expeditions around the globe, from well-known locations such as the Galapagos to the almost unexplored North Coast of Papua New Guinea. On March 9, Ben Twining from the Bigelow Lab for Ocean Services presents, “Tiny Giants,” a stunningly beautiful visual presentation on ocean microbes, the nearly invisible plants and animals that play an important role in keeping the planet healthy and balanced, as well as being incredibly beautiful. 

MGTalks take place Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Gorton’s Gallery. Admission is free through the generous support of the Ellis Family Foundation. Space is limited and the events often sell out. Register for talks HERE.

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, keeping the stories and activities alive on the waterfront and inspiring new ocean leaders. Thank you for your support! Click here to give.

Wintery Fun for Preschoolers

Merry Time on Friday Mornings!

Bring your preschoolers in from the cold for stories, crafts and playtime all with a maritime twist! Friday mornings beginning January 20 from 10:30-11:30. Members are free; $5 per family for non-members. Want to become a member? Earn a family membership when you attend for 8 weeks. Invite your friends to meet you for a Friday morning playdate at Maritime Gloucester!

National Grid Harbor Cleanup

Exhibit & Program Update

Our interactive exhibits in the Gorton's Gallery and the newly renovated Sea Pocket Aquarium will re-open in May 2017. Shop Maritime remains open during normal business hours throughout the winter (call first to make sure someone will be here!).

The National Grid site work at Maritime Gloucester and to Harriet Webster Pier is scheduled to be completed by May 2017. 

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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.


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!

The state-of-the-art life support system is being installed.

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

Work Continues

Progress Update on the Harbor Clean Up

Phase two of the National Grid harbor clean-up is well underway. 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.

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