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Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport

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The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine, United States, is Maine's oldest maritime museum and is designed to preserve and educate people regarding Maine's and Searsport's rich and unique maritime and shipbuilding history. It was founded in 1936, and is located at 5 Church Street in the center of Searsport.DescriptionThe museum campus is composed of two sections. The original heart of the campus is located on both sides of Church Street, and between Church and Reservoir Streets, just north of Main Street (United States Route 1). In addition to these buildings, the museum has expanded into three attached buildings on the north side of Main Street west of Knox Bros. Street.Designed as a unique 19th century seafaring village, the museum encompasses thirteen historic and modern buildings, houses a modern exhibit gallery features annual shows and is home to a regionally important library and archives focused on maritime history and regional genealogy. Eight of the museum's buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, five as part of a listing dedicated to the museum, and three as part of the Searsport Historic District. Among the collections is a significant photographic archives that includes glass plate negatives documenting life in New England and New York from 1909 and 1947 taken by the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company. The photographs are being digitized and made available online for research and access.Campus buildingsAdmission CenterMain Street GallerySavage Education CenterFirst Congregational Church of Searsport (active church on museum campus)Captain Jeremiah Merithew House (mid-19th century sea captain's home)Old VestryDouglas and Margaret Carver Memorial GalleryStephen Phillips Memorial LibraryOld Town Hall (1845)Duncan HouseDuncan Boat BarnBoat HouseYard in the YardRoss Carriage BarnFowler-True-Ross BarnFowler-True-Ross House (19th century)
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  • Searsport at one time handled 10% of all United States shipping. That one statistic should make even the layman sit up and take notice. For anyone already interested or experienced in the subject, thi...  more »
  • Ok, so to have myself, spouse and two children go here would have cost me $50.00. I don't know about you, but I have yet to ever spend that in admissions and I have been to some of the most incredible...  more »
  • On our way to Camden we saw the sign and stopped. We only had an hour and at least two should be allowed. This is a labor of love and anyone interested in history, fishing or Maine in general should c...  more »
  • Lots if local history & color - many things you won't find elsewhere
  • A great place to see the historic beauty of midcoast maine.
  • Must see it s great

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