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Maritime Gloucester

23 Harbor Loop,


In 2000, Geoffrey Richon organized nearly 300 Cape Ann residents to create a nonprofit organization and invest in the purchase of a neglected industrial property overlooking Gloucester Harbor. The one-acre site included the oldest continuously operated marine railway in the country plus an assortment of industrial buildings. Relying on volunteer labor, an active board and private contributions, the railway was restored, the site cleaned up and plans designed to transform the site into a working waterfront museum, a maritime heritage center and an educational facility. Through the vision and hardwork of the community, the Board and the leadership of Harriet Webster, the founding Executive Director, the following transformation took place during the last decade:

The ice house was converted into a multi-use boat building house and physical science teaching center

From the building that housed the condensers for the icehouse, the Sarah Fraser Robbins Education Center now stands

The once rundown office building has become the visitor center, gift store and interactive Stellwagen exhibit

Open space between our property and a neighboring building was turned into the Sea Pocket Lab featuring nine touch tank aquariums celebrating the habitats and the marine animals of Cape Ann

A major expansion tied three existing buildings together and added a new second story that now features the Gorton's Seafood Gallery and exhibit space

The pier has been fully restored and is the largest publicly accessible wharf in Gloucester Harbor


The mission of Maritime Gloucester is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. This mission is fulfilled by emphasizing in our programs and services the following core value


Linda Baker

Monday, June 11, 2018
it looks small but don't be fooled. You enter through an area packed with lots of touchscreen information from NOAA, whale research and sounds touch screen information. Several outside touch tanks, film on wooden ship building on the second floor which overlooks a shop and has a dead end excellent children's play area just passed the film seating. Continue up to the historic hands on ship equipment and ship models. Adults and stronger kids can crank the bellows operated fog horn. If you exit there is a ship building shop next door and you can walk out onto the pier where there is a giant Lobster Pot large enough to for kids to enter and crawl around on the netting. Hats and sunscreen advised, although at the certain times of day the touch tank area is shaded.

Merideth Cooper

Monday, June 18, 2018
Just went to the gift shop. Cute little shop. Lots of perfect gifts.

Timothy Perry

Friday, June 8, 2018
Great little museum and aquarium, with fun playroom for little visitors. It does feel very expensive for what it is though

Debe Holland

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Great place to visit.. lots of local color , history and a pocket aquarium. Terrific gift shop and love the views from the dock

Michael Zernell

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
They were all very nice and would answer any questions you may have. The only thing that kept me from giving a 5 was the fact that they seemed to always keep the whales on the starboard side so if you see them on the port side and had a great view they were sure to turn. Another thing is that we weren't allowed to be on the front of the upper level. If we were we could have seen much better

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