2 Church Street - Searsport, Maine 04974
The mission of the Penobscot Marine Museum is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay region and beyond through collections, education, and community engagement.
- Open Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend of October
- Monday – Saturday 10am to 5pm
- Sunday, noon – 5pm.
- Historic Architecture - Eight buildings on the National Register of Historic Places built between 1815 and 1879 illustrating Maine’s Federal and Greek Revival styles.
- Marine Art - Renowned collection of 19th-century marine painting featuring Thomas and James Buttersworth, Robert Salmon, and Antonio Jacobsen; ship portraits and port paintings from around the world; ships’ figureheads; dioramas and shadowboxes.
- Paintings - Maine landscapes and portraits of ship captains and their families from 19th and early 20th-century China, Japan, and Maine.
- Photography - Over 140,000 historic images of Maine and New England. From the oldest photograph of Searsport, to the vibrant color images of famed LIFE photographer Kos Ruohomaa, the collection illustrates the vibrant marine culture of New England.
- Boats - Traditional boats from the early 20th-century including a Beals Island lobster boat, Penobscot River smelt scow, North Haven dinghy, birch bark canoe, Lincolnville wherry, and Herreshoff 12 1⁄2.
- Decorative and Folk Art - 19th-and early 20th-century Chinese, Japanese, and American furniture, textiles, domestic furnishings, and ceramics. Chinese bronzes and toys.
- Tools - Traditional tools used by Penobscot Bay’s loggers, farmers, housewives, ice harvesters, ship builders, and mariners.
- Ship Models - Superb collection of 19th-and early 20th-century ship models including exquisite miniatures, a French prisoner’s model made of bone, and fully-rigged plank-on frame models.
- Scrimshaw - Beautiful collection of whales’ teeth, tusks, baleen, and walrus ivory, intricately carved and/or painted by whalemen in the 19th-century.