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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Halloween Tradition

Toddler Trick or Treat

We're delighted to be a stop on Gloucester's annual Toddler Trick-or-Treating Parade

All toddlers are invited to join in for a parade through downtown.

Meet in the parking lot next to Captain Bill's Whale Watch at 1:15pm. The parade will start promptly at 1:30pm

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 is getting ready to open for the summer season and we are seeking volunteer docents in our galleries and waterfront campus. Docents will 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 Columbus Day Weekend 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.

Work Opportunity

Looking for help with the heavy lifting

Maritime Gloucester is seeking firms interested in the construction of a viewing platform surrounding its historic marine railway. The educational viewing platform includes approximately 200 linear foot of decking that will surround the head and north side of the marine railway. It includes a 9’ walkway along the side of the hauled vessel (at deck height), a small amphitheatre in one corner, and a 6’ walkway adjacent to the Mill Building. The supporting structure of the platform will be constructed of wooden 12” x 12” beams and posts, and 6” x 12” wooden joists – all reclaimed from Maritime Gloucester’s Harriet Webster Pier. The supporting structure will then be decked with 3” x 10” decking. Interested firms should contact Steve Parkes at Maritime Gloucester for additional information and to obtain a copy of drawings. Work to commence this summer. 

This work is made possible by a generous grant from the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman.

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.

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