The mission of the Penobscot Marine Museum is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay region and beyond through collections, education, and community engagement.
Eight buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places grace the three acres of our Seacoast Village. Complete with a classic New England Town Hall, the First Congregational Church, private residences, and a commercial building, the Village buildings range in date circa 1810 to 1845.
Come walk the Village grounds and enjoy the feeling of imagining how it must have been during this period of elegance and hard work.
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Seabag Visible Storage Center
Opened in 2011, the Seabag Visible Storage Center is an innovative new type of artifact display: a cross between a formal exhibit and curatorial storage. While maintaining proper storage conditions, Seabag avoids the static nature and cost constraints of a formal exhibit in order to make more items available to public inspection.
Roughly 100 artifacts are on display at any time, and items are changed on a regular basis. The display typically includes ship paintings, portraits, ship and boat models, and a wide variety of nautical and cultural artifacts. On-site computer access to the museum’s object database allows users to look up details on any artifact, whether on display in Seabag or in regular storage.
Until further notice, Seabag’s hours are subject to staffing availability. If you wish to visit, please contact the Admission Center to confirm times and dates: 207-548-0334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum is definitely child-friendly. Some kids max out quickly at traditional “look, don’t touch” museums, so we’ve got lots of fun stuff to touch and do. And when they’re done with the exhibits, there’s plenty of room to run, play, and picnic on our spacious campus.
Yard in the Yard
What was it like to sail on a square-rigger? Find out in the Yard in the Yard. Kids can steer a real ship’s wheel. Walk around the capstan and listen to its rhythmic clanking as they pretend to raise the anchor. Or climb out on the footropes on a large scale model of a ship’s mast to furl the sail.
Peapod is a play-and-learning area full of hands-on activities. Very young children can dress up in 19th century costumes and shop in a general store of the period; play with ship models, tie knots, or snuggle up with a stuffed animal and a book. (Limited hours during summer camp sessions – please inquire.)
Look Around – There’s More!
Don’t hesitate to take children through the “adult” exhibits too! There are hands-on activities for children in most exhibit buildings, and kids are often fascinated to see our exhibits of boats, ships, and the way people lived in days gone by.
First Congregational Church
Built in 1830, the First Congregational Church of Searsport was the spriritual home of many of Searsport’s shipbuilders and sea captains. With its stamped tin interior, glorious stained glass windows, hand-carved pews and remarkable pipe organ, it is unusually ornate.
Home to an active, independent congregation, the church is a highlight of the Penobscot Marine Museum experience. It is open to museum visitors on a limited schedule. Please call or ask at our Visitors Center (207-548-0334).