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 is sailing again! Check our calendar for the schedule.


Sea Pocket Lab Aquarium - Newly renovated

Better than ever!


Interactive Maritime Exhibits

Discover Gloucester's fishing heritage in the "Fitting Out" exhibit.

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Sign Up Today for Summer Programs!

Our summer schedule offers some great adventures, learning and fun!  Click the links below for full information and to register online.

Boatbuilding 2018. Ages 11-15. Students will work together to build one boat.

Coastal Explorers: Sailing & Science. Ages 8-11. Explore Gloucester Harbor, and beyond, aboard the Schooner Ardelle

Coastal Explorers: Voyager. Ages 12-15. Explore Gloucester Harbor, and beyond, aboard the Schooner Ardelle.     

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


Please give generously to our Annual Fund. Your tax-deductible contributions help us welcome visitors, students and educators to our facility and continue our educational outreach, keep the stories and activities of our maritime heritage alive and inspire new ocean leaders! Thank you for making this all possible with your gift. 

Click here to donate online.

Boatwise Classes

Captains classes, Safe Boating, and more

Maritime Gloucester has once again partnered with Boatwise to offer a series of Captain's Courses and Safe Boating Basics and Navigation Classes. All courses and classes will take place in Maritime Gloucester's Sarah Fraser Robbins Classroom. Descriptions, details and tuition are listed on the Boatwise website.  Register with Boatwise at (800) 698-7373.

Mill Building Facelift

Gears being shifted

Work is underway on our historic Marine Railway. the gear engine was hauled out to be cleaned and serviced. Here's the before and after. We hope to open this fascinating room up for public viewing.

Oyster Release

Oysters find a new home

The oyster upweller on our pier was a source of education and stewardship this summer. We started with 60,000 tiny oyster spat in July and watched them grow! MG interns measured their growth weekly over the summer. We watched with fascination as the upweller became a microcosm of the harbor with mussels, sea vases, and other creatures lining the upweller walls.

The end goal was to release the oysters to the wild where they could latch on and revitalize local oyster populations. Our own Steve Parkes is pictured here releasing some of the oysters off the coast of Ipswich. Steve serves on the board of the Massachusetts Oyster Project (MOP) and was instrumental in this project. Steve and the MOP worked closely with local municipalities to choose the ideal locations for our oyster charges. Oysters have also been released in Essex and Gloucester. Click here to read the Gloucester Daily Times article. And here to read the Boston.com article.


Join today!

Membership to Maritime Gloucester is more than just a yearly commitment to our organization. You are part of the team! Join today as a new member, renew your support by signing up again this year, or give the gift of membership as a great holiday gift giving idea.

Members receive:

Unlimited admission to Exhibits, Aquarium & Children’s Drop-in Programs

10% discount in the Museum Shop and sails on the Schooner Ardelle

Special $20 tickets on Ardelle’s Tuesday sails

Invitations to special Members-Only Events

Reduced tuition on programs & classes

Discount to rent our site for Special Events & Parties

Newsletters, announcements and special reports

Opportunity to join our community Gig Rowing Program

Click here to join on-line

Field Trip Season

Plan your next trip with us

Field trip programming is available to school groups, homeschool, afterschool, and enrichment programs during weekday hours from 8:30am-5:00pm.

Our programs can accommodate group sizes up to 75 students on-shore or 30 students aboard the Schooner Ardelle. For groups over 75 students, we are happy to collaborate with other local museums and attractions to provide joint programming.

To learn about program options and pricing click HERE.

Calling all Docents

History Buff? People Person? Join our Docent Team!

Maritime Gloucester seeks volunteer docents for our galleries and waterfront campus. Docents conduct tours and generally engage with our visitors. Training is provided and all are encouraged to apply. We are open to the public from Memorial Day Weekend until Christmas with a variety of shifts available. Training will be provided with opportunities to shadow current docents. Ideal candidates should be cheerful, curious, strong public speakers, and have knowledge and interest in Cape Ann’s maritime history and culture. If you are interested, please email volunteer@maritimegloucester.org.


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