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The Gloucester waterfront is made accessible to the public on the Harriet Webster Pier! Visit today to see the country’s oldest continually active Marine Railway.

Gloucester Gig Rowers

Annual Rowing Harbor Race.  We welcome pilot gigs, whaleboats, dories, and other traditional rowing craft.  This is a  3+ mile triangular course in historic Gloucester harbor.

$35 per person includes lunch. Register before September 1st and get a hat too! A signed waiver form is required to complete your registration. Visit the Gig-Rowers Harbor Race page for  the form and for more information.  Click here to register for the race. Click here for a PDF of the registration form to be filled out and returned (directions are on the form).

Schooner Festival

Congratulations to our hometown schooner, Adventure, on winning the Esperanto Cup in the Mayor's Race in our 34th annual Gloucester Schooner FestivalWYR Roots T Shirt WYR Washington Washington Roots 8qgwxUB.  She's fast and she's beautiful with a storied past - a real Gloucester gal!

The Festival honors the major role the fishing schooner has played in the heritage of Gloucester and the eastern seaboard.  We were thrilled this year to welcome the Bluenose II, the Columbia, and dozens of schooners!

This year's Festival was made more accessible and community-focused by our major sponsor, Beauport Hospitality Group. Many thanks to all of our corporate sponsors and local businesses for helping to fund this weekend!

Visit the for more information or to see photos (like the one above by Carl Gustin). 

Viking Ship in Gloucester

Stuart Boyd had a dream to build a Viking boat. Built in Washington State, the Polaris traveled cross-country with a stop at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum for some finish work. She will be docked this summer on our Harriet Webster Pier. For more information or to book a trip, please visit their website,



Membership to Maritime Gloucester is more than just a yearly commitment to our organization. You are part of the team! Join today as a new member, renew your support by signing up again this year, or give the gift of membership as a great holiday gift giving idea.

Members receive:

Unlimited admission to Exhibits, Aquarium & Children’s Drop-in Programs

10% discount in the Museum Shop and sails on the Schooner Ardelle

Special $20 tickets on Ardelle’s Tuesday sails

Invitations to special Members-Only Events

Reduced tuition on programs & classes

Discount to rent our site for Special Events & Parties

Newsletters, announcements and special reports

Opportunity to join our community Gig Rowing Program

Click here to join on-line

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Annual Appeal

Please give generously to our Annual Fund. Your tax-deductible contributions help us welcome visitors, students and educators to our facility and continue our educational outreach, keep the stories and activities of our maritime heritage alive and inspire new ocean leaders! Thank you for making this all possible with your gift. 

Click here to donate online.

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Field trip programming is available to school groups, homeschool, afterschool, and enrichment programs during weekday hours from 8:30am-5:00pm.

Our programs can accommodate group sizes up to 75 students on-shore or 30 students aboard the Schooner Ardelle. For groups over 75 students, we are happy to collaborate with other local museums and attractions to provide joint programming.

To learn about program options and pricing click HERE.

Calling all Docents

Maritime Gloucester seeks volunteer docents for our galleries and waterfront campus. Docents conduct tours and generally engage with our visitors.Training will be provided with opportunities to shadow current docents. Ideal candidates should be cheerful, curious, strong public speakers, and have knowledge and interest in Cape Ann’s maritime history and culture. If you are interested, please email

Newsletter sign-up

Click here to sign up for our fun-filled e-newsletter.

Feel good about spending!

Amazon will donate a portion of your online purchases to Maritime Gloucester - at no extra cost to you!   Simply click the link to designate Maritime Gloucester as your AmazonSmile partner.  Once is all it takes and Maritime Gloucester will benefit from all eligible Amazon purchases.  

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