Continuing with our series on the maritime history of New England finds us in the State of Maine. It should come as no surprise that the New England state with the longest coastline is home to many wonderful museums chronicling maritime history, including the following:
Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME – Learn about the maritime heritage of the Kennebunks at the Brick Store Museum.
Maine Lighthouse Museum at the Maine Discovery Center, Rockland, ME – At the Maine Lighthouse Museum you will find a large collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses, as well as an extensive collection of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia.
Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME – Learn about the maritime heritage of Maine through exhibits and artifacts at the Maine Maritime Museum. The museum also offers lighthouse and nature cruises as well as Bath Iron Works trolly tours.
Maine State Aquarium, West Boothbay Harbor, ME – You will find a variety of aquatic exhibits at the Maine State Aquarium.
Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum, Port Clyde, ME – Learn a little bit about the local history of mid-coast Maine at the Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum.
Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center, Brunswick, ME – The collection at the Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center at Bowdoin College is built around material donated by arctic explorer and researcher Donald B. MacMillan.
Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, ME – The Penobscot Marine Museum celebrates the “maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay region and beyond”.
Portland Head Light, Museum, & Gift Shop, Portland, ME – You will find the Portland Head Light, Museum, & Gift Shop in Fort Williams Park. The museum is open from Memorial Day to the Friday following Columbus Day.
Winslow Homer Studio, Portland, ME – Run by the Portland Museum of Art, the Winslow Homer Studio is where the great American artist known for his paintings of marine subjects lived and painted. The studio is open from early April through mid-November.
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Picture credits: The picture of the Maine Maritime Museum waterfront is by the Maine Maritime Museum and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.