1999RalphStanley Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood
June 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This moving documentary on the extraordinary life of world-renowned Maine Master Boatbuilder Ralph Stanley is “more than a life story,” says the Bangor Daily News, “it’s also a documentary about life on Mount Desert Island and the Cranberry Isles, the Stanley family and how they shaped craft in Maine at the end of the twentieth century.” Read More


Salted Tales: Stories From the Sea Told Live at Colonial Theater was presented on March 29, but if you missed it you can watch the video or listen to the audio at WERU, Part 1, Part 2.

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 planned By 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.

The camera obscura is the precursor of our modern camera. Its principles were used by the ancient Greeks to observe solar eclipses. Inside the museum’s camera obscura, light sensitive paper will be available for visitors to take their own “photographs” from the projected image, and paper and pencils will be available for sketching the image, a technique used Leonardo da Vinci in the Renaissance. Read More

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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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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.

Twenty-best-posterTwenty Best
The most fascinating photographs in our collection.

Snapshot-posterEvolution of the Photographic Snapshot: 1888-2015
What our snapshots can tell us about our culture and our sense of self over time.

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.

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


Schooner Heritage

Schooner HERITTAGE Captains Doug and Linda Lee
Join Capts. Doug and Linda Lee aboard their authentic coasting schooner Heritage for any trip during the 2015 season and not only you but any friends sailing with you will receive a 5% discount off the trip fare and much more….

Bluejacket Shipcrafters

Bluejacket-exteriorPenobscot Marine Museum members will receive a 10% discount on Model Shipbuilding classes at Bluejacket Shipcrafters.


Thank you to our new Business Members!