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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Award Winning Irish Documentary

Atlantic Playing at Cape Ann Cinema!

On Sunday, March 26 at 1:30pm, Maritime Gloucester is pleased to partner with Cape Ann Cinema to present the Irish documentary, Atlantic with the film's director/producer, Richie O'Donnell at the screening! 

The film charts the politics of resource management of the North Atlantic; from strong State control in Norway, mixed fortunes in Newfoundland, to a more liberal, privatized system in Ireland. Atlantic, through the experience of these coastal neighbors, poses the question: who will benefit from the exploitation of these resources, and what the consequences will be for communities and the environment? The film’s aim is to empower local communities and individuals so that they can better contribute to this vital debate by engaging in live and uncensored discussions between people on all sides of the Atlantic. Purchase tickets the tickets HERE

Our Final 2017 MG Talk

**EVENT IS FULL** Sail Around the World with Joe Harris!

**All seats have been reserved for this event!

On Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 pm join us for an evening of exciting adventure and thrilling tales as Joe recounts his journey. Joe Harris is both a seasoned offshore sailor as well as an experienced commercial real estate executive, having been engaged in both activities for over 30 years.

Admission is free of charge through the generous support of the Ellis Family Foundation. Space is limited. Register HERE to reserve your space! Students encouraged to attend.

Preschool Stories & Crafts

Merry Time Gloucester Friday Morning Playtime Hour

Bring your preschoolers to Maritime Gloucester for a fun hour of stories, crafts and more! Friday mornings from 10:30 'til 11:30 am in the Children's Room. Program runs through March. Members are free, Non-Members, $5.00 per family.


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.      

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. 

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.

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.


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 new tanks have arrived! Visit our YouTube channel to watch one of the tanks being lowered into the aquarium.

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

Looking forward to the new season!

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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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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