Opening Reception for 2015 Season
On Friday, May 22nd from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm the public is invited to the opening reception for the 2015 season, which will be held in the newly renovated Visitors Center on the Crescent, 2 Church Street, Searsport.


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

For a complete listing of events click here

To view selected videos of past events click here.

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.”
Read more reviews at Trip Advisor


Elmer_Montgomery_Collection-squareThe Museum campus is closed October 20, 2014 through May 22, 2015 and re-opens for the season on Saturday, May 23, 2015. The Museum Framer and Museum Shop are currently closed for renovation and relocation and will re-open in the spring. Read More

Coming May 23, 2015

Exploring the Magic of Photography – Painting with Light


“Kids, Cameras, and Post-war Waterfronts”


The Penobscot Marine Museum will exhibit photographs from our collection at the Camden Public Library during April’s “Maritime Month” celebration. “Kids, Cameras, and Post-war Waterfronts” is a collection of photographs taken by Don Merchant and Maynard Bray in the late 1940s along the waterfront in Rockland and other midcoast towns. The photos will be an display all month; Matt Wheeler of the Penobscot Marine Museum, Maynard Bray, and Don Merchant will give a gallery talk and slide show with photos and commentary through time and the Midcoast on Tuesday evening, April 7, at 7:00 pm. All are welcome! Read More


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!