Discover the Think Tank

Play Maritime Gloucester's interactive fisheries game in our newest exhibit!


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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An Evening Under the Spars

Gala Celebration

Join us for an elegant evening on our pier surrounded by classic schooners.  

Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres, Raw Bar, and Dessert. 

Entertainment by Linda Amero.

Proceeds from the event support the educational programs and operation of Maritime Gloucester.  Our mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage, and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences.

Tickets $150 per person
Sponsorship opportunities:
Captain $5,000 (includes 10 tickets); 
First Mate $2,500 (includes 8 tickets); 
Bosun $1,200 (includes 4 tickets); 
Crew $600 (includes 2 tickets)

Gala Celebration Link

New To Maritime Gloucester

Summer Lunch on the Pier

Where Should We Go For Lunch? Maritime Gloucester has teamed up with Beach Gourmet to provide lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 am 'til 3:00 pm throughout the summer. Beach Gourmet created a signature sandwich just for us, The Maritime Lobster Roll, made with locally caught lobster, bacon and avocado creating a unique take on the New England classic! Other assorted sandwiches, vegetarian options and kids meals will also be offered along with chips, water and baked treats. The sandwich station is located adjacent to our classroom on the walkway to the harbor. As a special promotion, Maritime Gloucester Members will receive a 10% discount on lunch on July 11th &12th.  

Summer Drop-In Programs

Something for all ages.

Every day except Sunday.  Free with admission/membership!  No registration required.

Creature of the Week (pre-K to 6 years with an adult)
Monday, Thursday, Saturday 10:30-11:30
We highlight one of the creatures in our Aquarium. The program includes a story, a craft, and an exploration in the Aquarium.

Plankton Safari (5 years and up with an adult)
Monday, Thursday, Saturday 1:30-3:00
An investigation into the fantasic world of the microscopic in our laboratory.

Catch of the Day (6 to 12 years with an adult)
Wednesdays and Fridays 1:30-2:30
Hands-on marine-themed programs integrating projects in marine engineering, biology, and maritime history.

Guided Site Tours (all ages)
Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:00 and noon, Saturday at 11:00
Get an in-depth tour of our site, learn about Gloucester's rich maritime history.


Maritime Gloucester and Cape Ann Museum Present

Fitz Henry Lane's Sunset Harbor Cruise

Wednesday, July 9th at 6:00 pm...sail away on a narrated tour of Gloucester Harbor aboard the Schooner Ardelle. Offered in collaboration with Cape Ann Museum. Space is limited; reservations required. This cruise will also be offered on August 6. To purchase tickets, click here.

Gloucester Gig Rowers' Annual Harbor Race

Gloucester Harbor Race

Annual Rowing Harbor Race.  We welcome pilot gigs, whaleboats, dories, and other traditional rowing craft.  This is a  3+ mile triangular course in historic Gloucester harbor.

$30 per person; $25 with advance registration (received by August 30th) 

For more information check out the Gig Rowers home page.

To register click here.

Our new Interactive Fisheries Exhibit

Discover Maritime Gloucester's Think Tank

Technology Grant from Applied Materials Foundation Supports Maritime Gloucester’s Goal to be a 21st Century Discovery and Education Center

Our new interactive fisheries exhibit, “Think Tank”, opened on June 8th, World Oceans Day!  Maritime Gloucester has purchased a large, interactive, multi-touch table that is equipped with an integrated PC and supports animation, video, audio, photographic data and educational games. Community members, visitors and students will be able to play an interactive, animated game on the table in which they will seek to influence the size of a fishery population based on a variety of factors.  The game is part of a new exhibit called “Think Tank” that is designed to welcome all to the table to have a conversation about the challenges one faces when managing fisheries.  Click here for full info. 

Gloucester's iconic fishing schooner

Schooner Adventure at Maritime Gloucester for the 2014 Season!

The schooner Adventure will partner with Maritime Gloucester for the 2014 season! Gloucester’s iconic fishing schooner has moved to our waterfront campus on Harbor Loop. 

According to Maritime Gloucester’s Executive director Tom Balf, “The Schooner Adventure will be an important addition to our educational and visitor programs. As a dockside attraction with guided tours, charter and periodic public sails, Adventure will complement educational experiences and the daily public sails now offered by the Schooner Ardelle. Its presence on the Harriet Webster Pier will help further establish Maritime Gloucester as a preeminent maritime destination north of Boston. We know many in the community welcome this partnership.”

Everett James in Essex, MA built Adventure in 1926 to designs by the renowned marine architect Thomas McManus. Shipwrights are currently working on restoration of the fo’c’sle and galley at the Gloucester Marine Railways, and uprigging should occur in early June at the docks at Maritime Gloucester.

John Fuller, Executive Director of Gloucester Adventure, Inc. said “docking Adventure at Maritime Gloucester will help us re-launch Adventure into the next leg of her long and storied journey. As an integral part of Maritime Gloucester’s historic waterfront campus, including their highly regarded educational programming, Adventure will support Maritime Gloucester’s mission to inspire their visitors and students through hands-on education and experiences that can now occur on board the vessel. Our being on the Harriet Webster Pier is a win for Maritime Gloucester, Schooner Adventure, and the City of Gloucester.”

“The combination of Adventure and the Ardelle creates a destination with a truly memorable dockside, museum or sailing experience. Students and visitors this summer will be able to tour the historic Adventure, take a sail on the Ardelle, visit our aquarium with its local and Gulf of Maine species, or discover our new fisheries exhibit in our Gorton’s Gallery or the variety of outside exhibits that describe Gloucester’s past, present and future” said Maritime Gloucester’s Balf.

Fuller added that The Adventure hopes to revive its popular Sunday pancake breakfast aboard the vessel that once attracted visitors from throughout the region.

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

July 21 -  July 25: Coastal Explorers: Sailing and Science (Ages 8-11) 

July 28 - August 1: SEA with Art Haven: Clay Art and Maritime Week  (Students entering grades 1-5) 

August 4 - August 8: Coastal Explorers: Seafarers (Ages 14-18) 

August 11 - August 15: SEA with Art Haven: Wearable Art and Maritime Week (Students entering grades 1-5) 

June 30 - August 23: Children's Drop-In Programs (PreK - 12 years) 

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.  

Click here for full information

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."

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.