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Bar Harbor Whale Museum: (ME) The museum focuses on the mammals and animals found in the Gulf of Maine.

Boothbay Region Historical Society: (ME) The Boothbay Region Historical Society at Boothbay Harbor, ME, operates a museum that collects and disseminates Boothbay history and encourage the general public.

Brick Store Museum: (ME) The Brick Store Museum, located in Kennebunk, Maine, presents the maritime and history of the Kennebunks and York County.

Fishermen's Museum and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse: (ME) Pemaquid Point, with its dramatic streaks of granite reaching to the sea, squeezed and shaped by massive movements thousands of years ago, would be a fascinating place to visit even without its pretty white lighthouse. The spot is one of the most visited attractions of the Maine coast, receiving about 100,000 visitors each year. Pemaquid Point was the scene of many shipwrecks through the centuries, including the 1635 wreck of the British ship Angel Gabriel in which five people died and all 100 on board lost their belongings. With marine trade, fishing and the shipping of lumber increasing in mid-coast Maine, Congress appropriated $4,000 for the building of a lighthouse at Pemaquid Point in 1826 to mark the entrance to Muscongus Bay and John Bay.

Institute of Maritime History: (ME) The Institute of Maritime History (IMH) is dedicated to the preservation and documentation of archaeological remains related to maritime history. Based in Cape Neddick, Maine. IMH is engaged in the surveying and excavation of ship remains which lie along the New England coast. From the arrival of sixteenth century European vessels of exploration to the immense iron ships of World War II, the northeastern states of America have seen a variety of maritime activities. Through a series of educational events, IMH seeks to inform the public not only about material culture related to seafaring, but also how historical watercraft reflected economic and social aspects of the societies for which these ships were designed and put to use.

John Hancock Warehouse and Wharf/Old York Historical Society: (ME) Experience York's seafaring past in a visit to the historic riverfront where the ancient John Hancock Warehouse stands witness to the region's maritime heritage and where history echoes in the flowing tidal waters. The Warehouse, once owned by John Hancock, was built around 1780. Today, through changing exhibits, the warehouse showcases Old York's maritime collections. While you are at the Waterfront, be sure to visit the George Marshall Store and Steedman Woods. York, founded in the early 1600s, is one of Maine's most historically significant communities. Old York is made up of several historic sites which together represent over 350 years of life in York.

Kennebunkport Maritime Museum/Gallery: (ME) The Kennebunkport Maritime Museum/Gallery is housed in the renovated boathouse of author Booth Tarkington and now houses a great number of maritime artifacts in addition to the remnants of Tarkington's schooner, "Ragina."

Maine Light House Museum: (ME) The Maine Lighthouse Museum at the Maine Discovery Center™, is the proud home of the largest collection of lighthouse lenses, and one of the most important landmark collections of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States. The collection was formerly displayed at the Shore Village Museum until its closing in October, 2004.

Maine Maritime Academy: (ME) At Maine Maritime Academy, the education is not ordinary, its a challenge where ninety-eight percent of the graduates are employed in jobs in their field. Majoy employers at sea and on shore look for Maine Maritime and its graduates. This website brings to the visitor information about this academy for those interested in the sea and its opportunities.

The Maine Maritime Heritage Trail: (ME) If your interests run to the sea, let the Maine Maritime Heritage Trail be your guide to hundreds of years of maritime history and culture. Geography plays a crucial role in the maritime heritage of Maine. The coast‹that invisible boundary line between land and sea‹is only 293 miles from Kittery to Eastport "as the crow flies." Trace the detailed shoreline where the land and salt water meet in countless coves, inlets and harbors, and your journey will take you some 5,000 miles. No wonder that there are 63 lighthouses along the coast to guide mariners to safe harbor amid the tendrils of rock and island in the Gulf of Maine. Many are as familiar to the land-bound as to the mariners they guide, and one can almost taste the salt air in their names: Cape Neddick ("The Nubble"), Portland Head, Monhegan, Owls Head, Pemaquid Point, Seguin Island, and West Quoddy Head, where the nation first greets the sun each morning.

Maine Maritime Museum: (ME) On the banks of the Kennebec River in Maine, the museum site includes early shipbuilding sites where rich seafaring heritage comes to life.

Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum: (ME) The Marshall Point lighthouse is located in Port Clyde, Maine. The current light was built in 1857. It is 31 feet tall and is constructed of brick and granite. The brick and granite lighthouse was originally equipped with a fifth order Fresnel lens and emitted a fixed white light that could be seen for about 10 miles and remained in the lighthouse up to 1935 when the light was electrified. This lighthouse replaced the original lighthouse that was built in 1832 and consisted of a 20-foot rubblestone tower. A bell tower was built in 1898 and contained a 1,000 pound bronze bell. This was replaced by a fog horn in 1969. The bell is on display at the keeper's house.

Museum of Lighthouse History: (ME) The Museum of Lighthouse History, Wells, Maine, has collected a variety of interesting Lighthouse artifacts which, added to The American Lighthouse Foundation, literally has thousands of rare documents, books and other artifacts that cannot be displayed because of a lack of space. These items are all in storage. Included is the major part of the interior of a lightship. It is hoped that the foundation will find a large building so that all of these rare items that tell an important part of our nation's maritime history can be properly displayed for the public's education, is located next door to Lighthouse Depot in Wells, Maine, in space that is donated by Lighthouse Depot.

Osher Map Library: (ME) The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education is the only separately established rare map library in northern New England. Both are located at the University of Maine, Portland, ME. The Smith and Osher collections comprise fine examples of original maps, atlases, geographies, and globes spanning the years from 1475 to the present. They constitute a rich and multifaceted resource for the study and teaching of geography, history, art, and cultural development. These materials offer such compelling insights into the past that anyone, regardless of age or educational level, can enjoy and learn from them. For the University, the people of Maine, scholars, students, and visitors, the collections are indeed a treasure.

Owl's Head Light: (ME) At Owl's Head, Maine, this little 30 foot stub of a light tower sits high on a cliff guarding the entrance to Rockland Harbor. The name Owl's Head comes from the two large indentations in the headlands that suggest an owl's eyes. A light was first built here in 1826 to service the increased shipping generated by Rockland's lime industry. The present brick tower was constructed in 1852 and fitted with a fourth-order fresnel lens. The tower remains essentially the same as when it was built.

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum: (ME) The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, named for Arctic explorers and Bowdoin graduates Robert E. Peary and Donald B. MacMillan, is a center for the study of human cultures and natural environments found in Arctic regions. The museum's collections include arctic exploration gear, natural history specimens, and artifacts and drawings made by Inuit and Indians of North America.

Penobscot Marine Museum: (ME) A group of the village's buildings have become the site of this important northeast New England Coastline museum where archives, displays, and exhibits all tell the story of the fishing industry and other maritime heritage.

Portland Harbor Museum: (ME) The Portland Harbor Museum (formerly Springpoint) is located on the grounds of historic Fort Preble, South Portland, ME, overlooking beautiful Casco Bay. Its permanent exhibit on 19th century wooden shipbuilding includes sections of the South Portland built clipper ship, Snow Squall.

Portland Head Light and Museum: (ME) The Museum at Portland Head Light is contained within the former Keepers' Quarters at Cape Elizabeth situated along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park.

Spring Point Museum: (ME) The museum focuses on Casco Bay and local history.

U.S.S. Maine: (ME) "Remember the Maine:" The birth and death of America's first battleship, 1889-1898. When the U.S.S. Maine was commissioned in 1895, it was the first modern American battleship, and the first modern U.S. Navy warship to be built in an American shipyard of materials and components manufactured in the United States.

Willowbrook Museum Village: (ME) Willowbrook Museum Village is a nineteenth-century restored village on a ten-acre site with thirty-seven buildings containing over 10,000 artifacts, carefully restored by local Maine artisans and craftsmen and women, make up Willowbrook at Newfield. The Museum contains information on the maritime heritage of the area where displays in a marine room contain navigational tools, shipbuilders' tools, uniforms, ship models,paintings, maps, and other memorabilia. As the nineteenth-century spread across the land, bringing change and mechanical modernization, places such as Willowbrook became symbols of a more pastoral America that was fast disappearing.