Making a Tintype Portrait
July 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come have your tintype portrait taken, or learn how a tintype is made. Tintypes are a type of photograph, popular in the 1860’s and 1870’s, taken on a piece of metal. Portraits will be made on a first come first served basis or you may reserve a time for your portrait by calling the museum at 207-548-0334 or 207-548-2529.

Artist: AgNO3 Lab is a mobile lab specializing in formal tintype portraits and event tintype photo-booth installations.
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Stereo Views of New England
July 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A look at the fascinating world of 19th -century 3-D photography with Bernard Fishman, Director of the Maine State Museum. Historic stereoview images of Maine and New England in actual 3-D will be projected as the views were originally meant to be seen. People, landscapes, work at home and in industry, entertainments, communities, maritime and agricultural scenes will be among those featured, in this first such public show ever given in Maine. It will bring you to closer to history than you’ve ever been before. Read More…

Hamilton Learning Center Boat Launch
Hamilton Marine presents the 2015 boat launching for Searsport High School, ME & Penobscot Marine Museum’s student boat building program. Learn how the program succeeds by connecting classroom learning concepts with hands-on boat building in the Hamilton Marine Learning Center.

Gigantic Walk-in Camera Planned for Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2015 Season

People check out the giant camera obsura constructed on at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.  When the camera is complete, several people will be able to go inside to experience how the image is projected inside real-life cameras. Photo by  Gabor Degre | BDN

Gabor Degre | BDN

A huge walk-in camera, designed by John Bielenberg and built by John Bielenberg and Richard Mann, is one of the many inter-active exhibits on display at The Penobscot Marine Museum for this summer’s Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light. This is the first major exhibition to feature the museum’s extensive historic photography collection of over 140,000 negatives, prints, slides, postcards and daguerreotypes.
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THL-cover-imageThrough Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890-1920
The pioneering work of five women photographers who excelled in a profession dominated by men. Visit the Virtual Exhibit! See more photos, hear the commentary.

Post your own photo in this Virtual exhibit!

Twenty-best-posterTwenty Best
The most fascinating photographs in our collection. Visit the Virtual Exhibit! See more photos, hear the commentary.

Snapshot-posterEvolution of the Photographic Snapshot: 1888-2015
What our snapshots can tell us about our culture and our sense of self over time. Visit the Virtual Exhibit! See more photos, hear the commentary.

We won't ask you to launch a boat...The Carters and the Lukes
Selections from the Red Boutilier Collection Celebrating the uniquely Maine way of life of two of Maine’s extraordinary boat building families. Visit the Virtual Exhibit! See more photos, hear the commentary.

Disorganized and Defeated: The Battle for Penobscot Bay 1779
The newly acquired court-martial papers of Commodore Dudley Saltonstall will be displayed for the first time in this exhibit examining the effects of the Revolutionary War on the citizens of Penobscot Bay. This exhibit coincides with replica of the Revolutionary War period frigate L’HERMIONE’s arrival in Castine harbor.

Memoirs of War: A Soldier’s Seabag
The story of ten Maine veterans’ wartime experiences from WW II to the present, as told through their mementos and souvenirs. This exhibit was designed and curated by the Senior Class of Searsport District High School.


Thank you Hamilton Marine and JC Holcomb Photography for providing the Virtual Tour


Trip Advisor Reviews

“Local Gem”
“Best local museum I’ve been to this year”
“GREAT place for kids”
“We loved the history”
“A wonderful walk thru the maritime history of Maine”
“A great place to visit and learn about the area’s past.”
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10% off book purchases (except for store offers)

Belfast Harbor Inn

10% discount on lodging (must be booked directly with the motel and not valid with any other discounts)

Colonial Gables Oceanfront Village

10% off a hotel room May through October

Lowell’s Boat Shop

2 for 1 admission upon presentation of PMM membership card.

The Mount Battie Motel

Stay one night at published price and get the 2nd night at ½ price May, June, September, and October 2015.

Yankee Clipper Motel

10% discount on lodging (must be booked directly with the motel and not valid with any other discounts)

Thank you to our new Business Members!