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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Beer on the Pier

Support Skimmy Gibler and CAMP

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Jerome and the Mighty Sparrow

Sailing into Oblivion

Jerome Rand and his Mighty Sparrow are nearing the end of their non-stop solo circumnavigation. They sailed out of Gloucester Harbor on October 3rd. On June 13th they sailed through the North Sound of Virgin Gorda in BVI. We expect to have him touch ground for the first time in about ten months at our own Harriet Webster Pier at the end of June! 

Track his progress here. Follow him on Facebook. Read more about his journey here.

Watch here for updates on his arrival.

Yoga on the Pier

Yoga on the pier is back!

Cape Ann Power Yoga will hold classes Saturdays & Sundays Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend on the Pier at Maritime Gloucester 8am -9am $10 for MG & CAPY members and $15 for community members.

Get details and reserve your spot here

Bring your mat, drop ins welcome! Namaste

Viking Ship to Gloucester

Welcome the Polaris!

Stuart Boyd had a dream to build a Viking boat. Built in Washington State, the Polaris traveled cross-country with a stop at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum for some finish work. She arrived in Gloucester on June 7th and will be docked this summer on our Harriet Webster Pier. Stayed tuned for details on public sails! Learn more in this Gloucester Daily Times article. Or in this great article from the Chicago Tribune.


New Season with a New Face

Welcoming a New Executive Director!

The Board of Maritime Gloucester is pleased to announce the arrival of our new Executive Director, Michael De Koster. Michael brings great experience and enthusiasm to the position. He officially begins work on June 1st, just as the season heats up. Welcome Michael - we look forward to working with you!

Read more about Michael in this Gloucester Daily Times article.


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

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

Coastal Explorers: Voyager. Ages 8-15. 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.


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

Open to Current MG Members

Join the Gloucester Gig Rowers!

Maritime Gloucester's Gloucester Gig Rowers are gearing up for a new season. Current Maritime Gloucester members are eligible to join this fun and active group. For more information or to schedule a practice row visit their website or send them an email at info@gloucestergigrowers.com.

To join Maritime Gloucester and/or the Gloucester Gig Rowers visit our 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.

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.


Newsletter sign-up

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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.