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Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport

(4.6/5 based on 60 reviews on the web)
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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  • We had driven by this museum many times over the course of years. This year we decided to stop and check it out. There was much more here than we expected. The seafaring history of Searsport and the a...  more »
  • This is a nice small museum spread out over 8 or so buildings. Interesting exhibits, especially with all of the sea captains the town produced. Great boat exhibits. Plan on spending about two hours or...  more »
  • Surprisingly fun open air museum, with kid activities, very helpful people in the research library, and even a part how they used to make postcards. Giant camera obscura out front.  more »
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  • 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