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Share our unique stories of ship captains and their families, the industries of Penobscot Bay, global maritime trade, and today’s fisheries.


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What a treasure you have created in Searsport, Maine! We had a grand time and will definitely be back!


— Judith G.

Wow! This was an exceptional experience and so much more than we anticipated.


— Dale W.

A very cool museum with tons of interesting local history and information. The docents were excellent — well-informed and good story-tellers. There are many interactive exhibits for kids of all ages. Highly recommend.


— Rebecca L.

Current Exhibits

Permanent Exhibit

At Home, At Sea

Searsport in the 1800s is the story of people and the sea. In 1850, one out of every four males in Searsport was a mariner.
Permanent Exhibit

Rusticators on the Water

When Rusticators flocked to Maine in the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, they sought a rustic vacation to retreat from their busy city lives.

Latest News

Check out what’s going on at Penobscot Marine Museum! From updates our lecture series to special events and exhibits, we’ve got news for everyone. See all our recent posts.

February 2024 Newsletter

February 2024 Newsletter

Shadow box workshop, a weekly author series on Zoom, February school vacation camps for kids, and paid internships for this summer.

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January 2024 Newsletter

January 2024 Newsletter

Member Monday with the board of trustees, our weekly teen workshop, the Eliot Elisofon Collection Campaign is completed, and a new Maynard Bray post is up.

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December 2023 Newsletter

December 2023 Newsletter

New workshops, kids’ activities, growing the William Richardson Gilkey Collection, and a coupon to purchase this year’s wall calendar!

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Penobscot Marine Musuem

Penobscot Marine Museum

40 E Main Street | P.O. Box 498 Searsport, ME 04974
Phone: 207-548-2529

October 16, 2023 – May 22, 2024

Museum exhibits and store are closed. Museum offices, research library, photo archives and education department remain open year-round. Call 207-548-2529 to make an appointment.