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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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.

MG Talks: Big/Small

Take A Journey with Ocean Alliance's Iain Kerr

On Thursday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm, we'll welcome Ocean Alliance's Iain Kerr to MG Talks. Get ready to dive & fly into the world of whales and drones. Iain will be showcasing new technologies developed at Ocean Alliances Tarr and Wonson Paint Factory headquarters are giving us insights into the lives of whales like never before, so hang on it might be a bumpy ride. Admission is free through the generous support of the Ellis Family Foundation. Space is limited and the events often sell out. Register HERE.

MG Talk: Big/Small

Ben Twining Shows Us Tiny Giants!

On Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 pm, Ben Twining, Acting Director, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will present “Tiny Giants,” a stunningly beautiful visual presentation on ocean microbes, the nearly invisible plants and animals that play an important role in keeping the planet healthy and balanced. Microbes dominate the global ocean. They are the base of the marine food web. They create half of the oxygen we breath. They absorb a quarter of the carbon dioxide we emit. And they are also strikingly beautiful. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine, is focused on the study of these "Tiny Giants" that play such an important role in the ocean.Admission is free of charge through the generous support of the Ellis Family Foundation. Space is limited. Students are encouraged to attend. Register HERE.

2017 MG Talks Announced!

Stories of Sailing Adventures & Research on the Ocean's Biggest and Tiniest Creatures

This year we explore the themes, Tell-Tail Tales and Big & Small. Tell-Tail Tales will feature two speakers who will engage the audience on their sailing adventures through competition and limit testing. First, on February 16,  Mark Bos, Team USA Helmsman will give us a exciting presentation on competing in the during the 2016 Blind Match Race World Cup Championship On March 30, Joe Harris presents on his pursuit to solo circumnavigate the globe aboard his 40-ft. monohull, Gryphon Solo 2.  

With Big & Small, we'll explore research on some of the largest creatures in the ocean and some of the very tiniest. On March 2, we'll welcome Iain Kerr, Executive Director of Ocean Alliance who will take us on a journey to dive & fly into the world of whales & drones. Iain has spent the last 30 years running expeditions around the globe, from well-known locations such as the Galapagos to the almost unexplored North Coast of Papua New Guinea. On March 9, Ben Twining from the Bigelow Lab for Ocean Services presents, “Tiny Giants,” a stunningly beautiful visual presentation on ocean microbes, the nearly invisible plants and animals that play an important role in keeping the planet healthy and balanced, as well as being incredibly beautiful. 

MGTalks take place Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Gorton’s Gallery. Admission is free through the generous support of the Ellis Family Foundation. Space is limited and the events often sell out. Register for talks HERE.

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.

Wintery Fun for Preschoolers

Merry Time on Friday Mornings!

Bring your preschoolers in from the cold for stories, crafts and playtime all with a maritime twist! Friday mornings beginning January 20 from 10:30-11:30. Members are free; $5 per family for non-members. Want to become a member? Earn a family membership when you attend for 8 weeks. Invite your friends to meet you for a Friday morning playdate at Maritime Gloucester!


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.

National Grid Harbor Cleanup

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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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.