Continuing with our series on New England’s maritime heritage finds us in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. No stranger to the sea, the Commonwealth has a very rich offering of aquariums and maritime museums to help any landlubber to learn more about the sea.
Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis
The Cape Cod Maritime Museum preserves the rich maritime history of the Cape. The museum has primary exhibits, rotating exhibits, and the Cook Boat Shop – a working exhibit of traditional and modern boat building.
Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston
The Charlestown Navy Yard is part of the Boston National Historic Park. The Navy yard is home to the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young.
Coast Guard Heritage Museum in Barnstable
The exhibits of the Coast Guard Heritage Museum chronicle the precursors to the modern US Coast Guard – the Revenue Cutter Service and the U. S. Life-saving Service.
Cohasset Historical Society’s Maritime Museum
The Cohasset Historical Society‘s Maritime Museum is housed in the Bates Ship Chandlery in the center of Town. The museum features artifacts from Cohasset’s seafaring history.
Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyportt
The Custom House Maritime Museum preserves the maritime heritage of Newburyport, MA. At the museum you will find maritime art, model clipper ships, displays of shipwrecks and more.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum in Essex
The Essex Shipbuilding Museum tells the story of the village famous for building more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than anyplace else in the world.
Hart Nautical Gallery in Cambridge
Located at MIT, the Hart Nautical Gallery is part of the MIT Museum. It has an extensive collection of full-hull ship models depicting a thousand years of ship building.
Hull Life Saving Museum in Hull
The Hull Life Saving Museum chronicles the maritime heritage of Boston.
Marine Museum at Fall River
The Marine Museum at Fall River is a maritime museum with a particular focus on the Fall River Line.
Maritime Gloucester is a working waterfront museum and maritime education center.
Nantucket Historical Association Whaling Museum on Nantucket
The Whaling Museum of the Nantucket Historical Association is housed in an old candle factory and has exhibitions relating to whaling as well as a restored 1847 candle factory.
Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum
The Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum preserves the memory of islanders who risked their lives to save shipwrecked seamen.
New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford
Located in the middle of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the New Bedford Whaling Museum preserves the rich whaling history of New Bedford.
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford
The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is home to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, and the Schooner Ernestina.
New England Aquarium in Boston
The New England Aquarium is New England’s premier aquarium and one of Boston’s biggest visitor attractions.
New England Pirate Museum in Salem
The New England Pirate Museum preserves the history of the pirates that roamed the waters off of New England.
Old Harbor Life Saving Station in Provincetown
Located in the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Old Harbor Life Saving Station was originally built in Chatham in 1897. It was moved to Provincetown in 1977 by the National Park Service. On Thursday evenings in the summer you will find breeches buoy rescue re-enactments conducted at the Station.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem
At the Salem Maritime National Historic Site you will find guided tours of US Custom House and the tall ship Friendship of Salem, a British encampment in July, and a Maritime Festival in August.
Titanic Museum in Indian Orchard
The collection at the Museum of the Titanic Historical Society covers the Titanic’s rich history, and has one of the finest collections of rare Titanic survivor artifacts.
United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum in Quincy
At the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum you will find the world’s only preserved Heavy Cruiser – the USS Salem.
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