Field Trip Policies

Program Availability

Field trips may include a self guided tour of our site and galleries during times when our site is open to the general public. Groups of eight or more participants must schedule their visit to Maritime Gloucester at least one week in advance and adhere to Maritime Gloucester’s chaperone policy. Maritime Gloucester retains the right to refuse activity requests when staff determines it cannot provide appropriate programming.


We require all groups to have one chaperone for every 12 students. Chaperones are expected to rotate through each learning station with the same group of students throughout the visit. All Chaperones and tour leaders are admitted free of charge.      

Program Confirmation

Your trip will be reserved with the receipt of a signed confirmation letter detailing the agreed upon terms of the program. All group leaders are invited to visit Maritime Gloucester free of charge prior to their scheduled trip.


Payment is due at the time of program unless an alternate arrangement has been made in advance with Maritime Gloucester.


Maritime Gloucester programs are rain or shine. Maritime Gloucester reserves the right to modify program units due to inclement weather.


Cancellations must be made at least one week prior to the scheduled program.

Self Guided Visits

A Maritime Gloucester staff member must be involved in all programs that:

  • take place when our site is not open to the general public.
  • include the use of/access to any portion of the site that is not open to the general public. This includes, but is not limited to, Maritime Gloucester’s lab, classroom, boatshop, hauling piers, restricted portions of the main pier and floating docks.
  • involve the use of any tools, chemicals, heavy  machinery, or live specimens.
  • include the use of any small watercraft.