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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Show your support for Maritime Gloucester and the Ernestina!

Piper Boatworks and Maritime Gloucester are finalists to conduct the restoration work on the Schooner Ernestina, which is owned by the State of Massachusetts. This 156-foot schooner was built in 1894 at the James and Tarr Shipyard in Essex for the Gloucester fishing fleet. Named the Effie M. Morrissey (now Ernestina Morrissey), she was first owned by Capt. William E. Morrissey and the John F. Wonson Co. of Gloucester. She fished out of this port for the first ten years. She has a remarkable 120-year history including fishing in the U.S. and Canada, arctic exploration, navy service, and as a Cape Verdean packet vessel. We certainly believe that the restoration of the Ernestina-Morrissey at this site (Maritime Gloucester) offers historical, cultural, educational and economic benefits to the Commonwealth and its citizens. Upon its restoration, the schooner will enter a new chapter of its life as a sail training vessel and ambassador for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. If you agree, we welcome your expression of support by clicking on the link and signing the petition.

For more information check out the Gloucester Daily Times' front page story from October 6th.

Discover the spooky side of Maritime Gloucester!

Marine Halloween II - Planktonstein's Lab

Our marine science center becomes a mad scientist's lab during our 2nd annual Marine Halloween party!  We will be offering three different activities full of creepy creatures, spooky science, and frightening fun!  Click here for full info and registration.   

Maritime Gloucester & the Gloucester Writers Center

The Working Waterfront Writers Group


Do you have stories to tell about working on Gloucester's waterfront? The Gloucester Writers Center and Maritime Gloucester are joining together to offer a writers group for current and past waterfront workers. For more information including registration, please click here

Can you lend a hand?

Fall Call for Volunteers!

“Whew!  Summer 2014 flew by fast!  Maritime Gloucester is changing gears and is looking for volunteer help for the fall season.

Aquarium Interpreter: We are looking for volunteers to fill in as Aquarium Interpreters for the months of September and October.  daily from 9:30 to 1:30, but we could use your help if you are only free in the afternoon. We are open until 5:00 pm daily. Training is available.

Children's Storytime: We are looking for volunteers to plan and staff a weekly story time for preschoolers and their parents/guardians. The story time takes place on Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 in our Children’s Room. Books, toys and other resources are available for volunteer use. 

Grant Researcher: We would love your help to research grants opportunities to further our programming. 

For more information on these volunteer opportunities including a volunteer application, please visit http://maritimegloucester.org/support/volunteer or email mmurray-brown@maritimegloucester.org.  

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. 

Oceans of Discovery

Annual Report 2013

Feel good about spending!

Support Maritime Gloucester while you shop.

Amazon will donate a portion of your online purchases to Maritime Gloucester - at no extra cost to you!   Simply click the link to designate Maritime Gloucester as your AmazonSmile partner.  Once is all it takes and Maritime Gloucester will benefit from all eligible Amazon purchases.