Details for Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Maritime Museum

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 11 reviews

Address 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info:


VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Located 10 miles up the Kennebec River from the Gulf of Maine.





Tide & current additional info

The is a fairly strong current, and it is unlikely that your boat will lay to the wind, except during slack tide.


Approach: 20
Transient dockage: 17
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - YES

Additional info: Deering Pier is 75 feet, fixed. Fitting-out pier-is floating.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 250
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 1
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $3.00/ft (2013-11-20)

Other price info: Museum offers a mooring field, floating dock space, and a 75 foot pier that can accommodate vessels from 60 to 250 feet in length.


Transient: 10
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $35.00 (2014-07-07)

Other price info: Dry weights range from 2200 to 5000 lbs. All moorings are granite with a scope of 3:1. Moorings have 20 feet of ¾ inch bottom chain and 45 feet of ¾ inch nylon rope.

$35.00 per night on a mooriing ball. Though this fee used to include museum entry fees, museum entry is now charged separately at an additional $15 per person.

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: 100 amp at the south pier and 50 amp at the north pier.

Pricing info: Included with the dockage fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Only at the Deering Pier, available upon request.

Dinghy access

Yes - At the southern end of the fitting-out pier.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeNo

Other pet info: You can land your dinghy on a small mud beach at the north end of a dog park, just south of the Bath Iron Works off-limits area. Great dog park, if somewhat questionable place to land.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out




Yes - In Yachtman's building. Included with the mooring/dock fee. One of the cleanest/nicest shore showers anywhere.




Yes - In Yachtman's building. Included with mooring/dock fee.





Yes - Take your dinghy to a nearby restaurant.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Campus-wide WiFi. Included with the mooring/dockage fee.

Boat ramp availability




Other services


Maine Maritime Museum is a 20-acre campus on the site of the Percy & Small Shipyard. Museum admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for children 6-16 yrs. Guests may visit Museum galleries, historic shipyard buildings, schonner Sherman Zwicker, Donnell House, and working Boatshop. Seasonally, Bath Iron Works tours and Kennebec River cruises are also available at an additional cost.

Reviews for Maine Maritime Museum
Fun and educational, 2016-08-06
Captain: , Phoenix, AZ (379)

There appear to be 6 major moorings, either 2200 or 5000 pounds. That may seem like a lot, but the current here is significant! The museum is fascinating, and town isn't far away. We were fortunate to catch the schooner America here for the day.

Mooring fee no longer covers admission , 2014-08-28
Captain: , Forked River, NJ (604)

Took mooring (2200#) and proceeded to museum via their nice dingy dock. Was surprised to learn that starting this season that the mooring fee does not cover the museum entrance fee. Enjoyed the museum, particularly the tour guide who added a lot of value to the visit.
Note the rr bridge opens on demand 8 am to 5 pm.
Lots of current at the moorings. Approx 3.5 kts ebb.

Strong current, free laundry, 2014-07-07
Captain: , Pensacola (310)

Previous reviews indicated that the $35 mooring fee included two free museum admissions (normally $15 per person). This is no longer the case. For two of us we paid $65 for mooring and museum entry. However, the museum is very good. We only had the morning to explore it and we probably saw 1/4th of what they had. To go to the office to pay for your mooring, go towards the left from the dinghy dock, up the hill to the red brick building. Hours are 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

When wind and tide are coming from opposite directions, boats may sail quite a lot around their moorings. To keep the mooring ball from hitting the side of our hull, we needed to lift the whole ball out of the water.

The laundry is a single stacked washer-dryer, but there is no charge to use it. Laundry is located to the right coming from the dinghy dock, in the same building as the bathrooms. Two tidy showers are in the same building.

Maine Maritime Museum, 2012-07-29
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

The Kennebec River carries a very swift ebb current of around 3.5 kts at the moorings; maybe more. Flood is also strong, but less than ebb. No launch service is available. There is a clean lounge, shower and laundry facility available 24/7. Verizon Wireless signal is 3 - 4 bars and fast. In July, 2012, the mooring fee was $35/night. Members of the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) get a 10% discount on moorings. The museum is a museum; there is little interpretation, and limited demonstration. This isn't Mystoc Seaport, but it is very well done.

Great Place, 2012-04-28
Captain: , Portland, ME (36)

We were the first boat there this season. Friendly staff. Wonderful museum. A Maine must see! Walk up the road to the Cabin for a beer and some great pizza. We stayed on the fitting out pier since they didn't have their moorings setup yet.

One of our favorites, 2012-04-08
Captain: , Brooklin, ME (1081)

Fabulous museum, stout moorings, peaceful, walk to town, yachtman's buliding is very nice, too.

Fabulous Museum, 2011-08-31
Captain: , Hilton Head, South Carolina (533)

This is one of the, the best nautical museum I have ever seen. It recaps ship building on the site of the museum and in Bath. It is a must for any boater. Moorings range in weight and are fairly priced and include museum admission. What a deal! You can also dinghy dock to town (tie up just past the bridge). Dinghy dock is near. No services.

Great museum and easy overnight stop, 2011-08-07
Captain: , Castine, Maine (284)

We rented a heavy mooring for $30 which included 2 museum admissions, plus there is a boater's facility with showers and laundry. For us the best part was the large dog park a 15 minute walk to the north. Moorings are exposed to wakes but they weren't bad.

Maine maritime musueum, 2011-06-26
Captain: , Houston (240)

Worth the trip up to Bath. Best museum in Maine. One admission good for 2 days. If you want to take the trolley tour of Bath Iron Works call several days in advance to sign up-its very popular. The mooring balls have very short pennants which wouldn't reach up to our bow so we anchored just south of the mooring field without problem. Just stay clear of the cruiseline dock.

Mooring and a museum - great deal, 2010-05-18
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

The museum is a little out of town, with not much else in the area except restaurants near Bath Iron Works. You can always motor upriver to the Kennebec Tavern, which has dock space for restaurant guests. Beyond the great location on the Kennebeck, you also get free museum admission with your mooring fee. This is a great place to visit for anyone with nautical interests, where the largest wooden sailing ship ever built was constructed, and some of the original shop buildings still intact. There is a "visiting yachtsmen's center" - a small building with heads, showers and laundry. This is a great two-night stop.

Neat spot, pretty good museum!, 2007-02-18
Captain: , Chesapeake (261)

We stopped there for an evening. I think they only have mooring balls. But take advantage and visit their museum. No services.

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