Penobscot Marine Museum 2017 Exhibit – Gone Fishing!

Photo by Jeff Dworsky, PMM Photo Archives

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 The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries will be held Thursday, May 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Net Result uses the Museum’s photo collection from the National Fisherman publication to form the backbone of this exhibit, focusing on the commercial fishing industry in the post-WWII era.

Photo by John Frye, PMM’s National Fisherman Collection

As technology has changed through the years, so has the equipment that is used. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to take a look through time and see how the wheelhouses of fishing vessels have evolved.

Advances in aquatic farming ensure the sustainability of Maine’s fisheries. As part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2017 season, visitors will be able to observe an operational aquaponics system courtesy of Herring Gut Learning Center.

Photo by Red Boutilier, PMM’s National Fisherman Collection

Fishing weirs were once a vital part of Maine’s fishing industry, but now number in the few. In 2017 Penobscot Marine Museum will have a recreated fishing weir on site where visitors can experience a weir from a fish’s perspective. And while you’re visiting be sure to “go fishing” for realistic looking Maine fish in the Museum’s new display.

The season will be filled with a line-up of speakers, demonstrations and events related to Maine fisheries, including a Maine seafood event September 9 and 10. Maine Marine Fare will celebrate all the foods from the abundant waters of coastal Maine with talks, panel discussions and educational tastings. It will end with a dinner called “Food from our Seas,” prepared by chef Sam Hayward with the assistance of Ladleah Dunn. Tasting and dinner tickets sold separately.

PMM’s Atlantic Fisherman Collection

Gone Fishing! runs May 27, 2017 through October 15, 2017 at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine.

About Penobscot Marine Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum brings Maine maritime history to life in twelve beautiful historic buildings in the charming seacoast village of Searsport, Maine. Exhibits include hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as a ship captain’s house, marine paintings, scrimshaw, 19th century Chinese and Japanese pottery, paintings and textiles, historic Maine boats, a fisheries exhibit, and an heirloom vegetable garden. The Museum has over 200,000 historic photographs, and a maritime history research library. Check the website for daily activities and events. The Museum is open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in October. PMM Visitors Center, 2 Church Street, Searsport, Maine. For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call the Visitors Center 207-548-0334 or Administrative Offices at 207-548-2529.

Photo by Bryan Hitchcock, PMM’s National Fisherman Collection