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

Themed Walking Tour: Stories of Searsport Sailing Families

Penobscot Marine Museum 2 Church StreetSearsport,

Tuesday, August 31, 5-8pm click here to see available times
$25/family (up to 10 people)

In the late 1800s, sea captains from Searsport were sailing around the world delivering goods to Europe, Asia, South America, and many places in between. Often, wives and children accompanied these captains. What was life like for these small-town families spending years at sea? What was it like for family members who stayed home during some voyages? Discover the stories of Searsport sailing families in this tour.

Member Monday with volunteer and new PMM board president Jon Johansen


Monday, September 13th at Noon on Zoom
Free for members

Most Fridays you can find the new PMM board president sitting at the microfilm reader in the Stephen Phillips Memorial Library at Penobscot Marine Museum. What is he researching? In this Member Monday exclusive, meet Jon Johansen as he discusses his project of combing through The Republican Journal for mentions of sailing vessels and the intriguing stories he has found.

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 Dan Lambert, Chair and Co-Founder of the Sail Power and Steam Museum, and others interviewed for the film or associated with the windjammers. This film is co-hosted by the Sail Power and Steam Museum.

Peek into Paintings – Thomas Buttersworth and the War of 1812

October 8th at noon
Free on Facebook and YouTube

Learn about an English painter, an American war, and the story of how Maine achieved statehood. Join us and dive into Thomas Buttersworth's "HMS SHANNON and USS CHESAPEAKE" and hear about their legendary battle in the War of 1812. 

Member Monday – Behind the Scenes: Researching the tragic stories of the Twilight Tours

October 11th, Noon on Zoom
Free for members

Through the variety of programs at Penobscot Marine Museum, Education Director Jeana Ganskop tells stories, preferably based on fact, and even better when we have related objects, photographs, and documents! During this Member Monday, Jeana will discuss the research that goes into planning this year’s Twilight Tours. She will share the story of the bark TROVATORE hit by a waterspout, the wreck of the ship ELIZABETH, and more. Come to see the real items related to these stories, then see the stories brought to life by volunteer actors during Twilight Tours on October 15th. Purchase tickets to Twilight Tours here.

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 »)