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News at the Museum

To receive press releases or for more information, contact Sabrina Kettell, [email protected] or 207-548-2529 ext. 216.

Celebrate with Ralph Stanley at Penobscot Marine Museum

Saturday, May 27, 2017, Penobscot Marine Museum will host an afternoon of boat talk and music in celebration of the career and talents of MDI boatbuilder, National Heritage Fellow and Penobscot Marine Museum Trustee Ralph Stanley. Stanley will be at Penobscot Marine...

Penobscot Marine Museum 2017 Exhibit – Gone Fishing!

Penobscot Marine Museum opens for their 81st year Saturday, May 27, 2017 with Gone Fishing! The new show explores the world of Maine's commercial fisheries through exhibits and programs that will entertain and educate children and adults alike. An opening reception...

Calling All Students!

In 2017, Penobscot Marine Museum will explore Maine fisheries in our new exhibit The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries. To fit with this focus we are asking Maine students to help us design a fisheries related t-shirt. A panel of area artists and art enthusiasts will...

Finding What is Hiding in Plain Sight

by Deborah Nowers This is a story that starts and ends with PMM... well, it never ends, because it is a genealogy story. It began with a request to look at the history of the Fowler-True-Ross House at the museum. I described that project in the first issue of this...

Mutiny on the Bangalore?

John Golden, PMM Library Researcher In mid-November, a gentleman from Pasadena, CA stopped by the Library and inquired about a Frank Carver, master of the ship BANGALORE.  Captain Carver was a long lost relative. It seems that the family legend had it that Captain...

Research in the Stephen Phillips Memorial Library

By Deborah Nowers, Library Research Volunteer The Stephen Phillips Memorial Library is a hidden gem on Church Street. The library is a research non-circulating collection that includes information not easily found other places.  The library is open Tuesday through...

Galveston Hurricane of 1900

By John Golden On September 8-9, 1900 (Saturday to Sunday), a category 4 hurricane (130-140 mph winds) struck the city of Galveston, Texas. There were 6,000 to 8,000 people killed. It was the worst hurricane to ever strike the United States mainland. Galveston was cut...

The Northeast by Eastern Screening and Live Score

On Monday, November 14, 2016, Penobscot Marine Museum presents the Sumner McKane film, The Northeast by Eastern, with live score performed by Sumner McKane and Josh Robbins. The Northeast by Eastern combines Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company’s comprehensive...

Old Newspapers as a Historical Source

By Jon B. Johansen A number of years ago I was reading a book about the history of pilots on the East Coast of the United States and they mentioned the shipwreck of the packet MEXICO off Hempstead Beach, New York in January 1837. I headed to the Bangor Public Library...

A Shooting in Searsport

Researched by Leo Shea, Ph.D. Want insight into Lincoln Colcord? Into the man and his times? Into his able, vast nautical, literary, social and political experiences and opinions? The Penobscot Marine Museum has an extensive “Colcord Collection”, in which you can find...

Maine On Glass: The Early Twentieth Century in Glass Plate Photography

Maine On Glass: The Early Twentieth Century in Glass Plate Photography ​(Signed by author, Kevin Johnson)​ by W H. Bunting, Kevin Johnson, Earle G. Shettleworth Jr​.​ ​Paperback $37.00 (includes tax and shipping) ​ Description: ​Nineteenth-century Maine―famed for its...

Penobscot Marine Museum Celebrates Searsport Maritime Heritage Days

Saturday, August 6th, Penobscot Marine Museum will join in with the town of Searsport to celebrate Maritime Heritage Days with a temporary campus-wide exhibit and a house tour featuring Searsport sea captains’ homes. Saturday, August 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,...

The Fowler-True-Ross House

By Deborah Nowers The Fowler-True-Ross House sits prominently on Main Street and is a major building of the Penobscot Marine Museum. The docents who work in the house asked the library researchers for information related to the ownership of the house and whether there...

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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.