Lectures, Workshops, Events

For more information or to register for any of these programs, contact Jeana Ganskop, Education Director, at 207-548-2529 ext. 213 or

A Painting in the Early Museum

Friday, September 24th at Noon
Free on Facebook and YouTube

When the Penobscot Marine Museum opened for our second season in 1938, one of the paintings exhibited was of the ship GREAT ADMIRAL, on loan to the new museum by a daughter of a former captain. We’ll take a close look at this painting and explore how it was exhibited in 1938.

“Windjammers of Penobscot Bay” Film Screening + Discussion Panel


October 7th, 6pm on Zoom
Free, suggested admission $5
Reserve your tickets here.

Climb aboard the beautifully restored ships of North America’s largest fleet of historic schooners, and depart Camden, Maine, to cruise the pristine waters of the Penobscot Bay. With in-depth archival materials and interviews with captains and crew, maritime historians, and passengers, filmmaker Dan Lambert explores the history and evolution of Midcoast Maine’s majestic Windjammers while taking viewers on a voyage that captures the feeling of wind and sea spray and the unique thrill of traveling under sail-power. Following the film will be a panel discussion including the filmmaker and others interviewed for the film or associated with the windjammers.

Hemp and American Maritime History


October 14th, 6pm on Zoom
Free, suggested admission $5
Reserve your tickets here.

Hemp has played a vital role in our history, including maritime history. It was a part of daily life until the mid-20th century. This session will explore the history of Cannabis Sativa as an agricultural and industrial product, as well as understanding the difference in the types of cannabis such as marijuana.

Twilight Tours

Penobscot Marine Museum 2 Church StreetSearsport,

Friday, October 15th
$20 per family (up to 10 people)
Pre-registration is required

When the ghosts come out! Meet the spirits of those lost at sea - a ghost ship, a waterspout, Confederates, yellow fever, and a menagerie at the bottom of the ocean are just a few of the plots visitors will encounter on Twilight Tours.

Maine’s First Ship


October 21st, 6pm on Zoom Free, suggested admission $5 Reserve your tickets here. The VIRGINIA was the first ocean-going vessel built by the English in North America. In 1607 King James I granted a land-use charter to the Virginia Company to establish permanent settlements in the New World. The Company offered two investment opportunities - one... (Read More »)

Stories from the Spirits of Sea-Goers II


October 28th, 6pm on Zoom
Free, suggested admission $5
Reserve your tickets here.

The people of Searsport and Penobscot Bay have a long history of going to sea. In letters, diaries, logbooks, photos, newspaper articles, and stories passed down through generations, they recorded their experiences. Quiet days, adventure, tragedy, and heroism each take their turn. This sequel to 2020’s “Stories from the Spirits of Sea-Goers” features tales based on true experiences and recorded by Penobscot Marine Museum volunteers and staff. Some stories might be scary or inappropriate for young audiences.