Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport

#11 of 16 in Museums in Mid Coast Maine
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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  • First saw a movie on how they construct the area in the bay to trap and catch fish. Very labor intensive and interesting to see. Wanted to especially see some of the old boats here and it did not disa...  more »
  • We spent two hours here an still did not see everything. It is a series of buildings that explain what life was like when this area was booming as a major seaport. It was interesting to hear how some ...  more »
  • This is an attraction with multiple buildings to tour. Inside the buildings are exhibits about various topics, mostly relating to the seafaring history. Some really interesting items.  more »
  • I highly recommend this museum. It is more than meets the eye. They have an extensive exhibit of Marine art. The staff if very friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Fantastic but overlooked museum. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Needs some sprucing up. Expensive. Weak displays. Go to mystic and see a real sea museum.
  • SO Many interesting things to see.
  • Needs some cleanup and spruceup.
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