We are so lucky here in Bath, “The City of Ships” , to have the wonderful Maine Maritime Museum! I went for the first time while my family was visiting. It’s the kind of museum where we all got something out of it and enjoyed it. It was a very foggy day, so the sculpture of the fore, aft, and center masts of the Wyoming were beautifully eerie.
Part of the museum is in a main, central building with exhibits that are permanent and changing. There are enough ship models to make any enthusiast happy. There are also some hands-on for busy kids and adults. Outside, there is a shop where the wood work would have been done, a blacksmith’s shop, an area for the storage and display of historic small craft, even a “Pirate’s” ship and seasonal picnic area. However, what really got my dad’s attention was another building that housed the history of Bath Iron Works (BIW) BIW: Building America’s Navy. The videos and displays here really spoke to his former military days. The blacksmith’s shop was a big hit with my adult sons. As a former teacher, I loved the exhibit SEACHANGE: Darkness and Light in the Gulf of Maine. It was beautiful, as well as informative, with all the faux seaweed hanging from the ceiling. The exhibit INTO THE LANTERN: A Lighthouse Experience, had a section where you could feel like you were in the lighthouse tower, along with a description of the job and life of the lighthouse keeper. Innkeeper is definitely way more fun!
The Maine Maritime Museum enjoys a beautiful setting right on the river. I can see how families might spend time here in warmer weather, and why so many couples choose this location for their wedding memories. It’s a place that really connects with so many people and children. If you stay at The Inn at Bath, please ask me for discounted coupons to the Maine Maritime Museum.