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Outstanding Small Museum and Shipyard

We absolutely loved this small museum and the shipyard behind it. The volunteer who led our tour... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2018
RCSColumbus
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Columbus, Ohio
Minimal interest in shipbuilding but thoroughly enjoyed this working museum

This was my husband's choice on our day trip and I was just a tag-a-long. But it was amazing at... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2018
eclecticquilter
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Massachusetts
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Over 4000 wooden ships have been built on the banks of the Essex River since 1668. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum traces the evolution of traditional boat building through artifacts, photographs, hands-on exhibits and tour guides with deep knowledge...more
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66 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
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+1 978-768-7541
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 November 2016

We were met at the door by a terrific guy with a passion for shipbuilding as well as a family history of involvement in the trade in Gloucester. He was so knowledgeable, we could have hung around for hours listening to him. For a very...More

2  Thank AnneMarie B
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

There was no one there and the sign said to pay $5 to take a "self" tour. The ships outside and signboards were few. Although interesting, it was not worth $5. They need some more work done there:)

1  Thank Devorah D
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Reviewed 12 September 2018

We absolutely loved this small museum and the shipyard behind it. The volunteer who led our tour was very passionate and knowledgeable and contributed greatly to our understanding of New England wooden shipbuilding and the fishing and whaling industries it supported. The main museum building...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2018

This was my husband's choice on our day trip and I was just a tag-a-long. But it was amazing at how interesting the tour guide made the museum. Unless you know an awful lot about the history of the shipbuilding industry, fishing, the Essex river,...More

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Reviewed 24 August 2018

Make sure you get there for a guided tour. Without it, it is just another group of maritime artifacts. The tour takes about 90 minutes with a very knowledgeable guide that talked about the evolution of boats built in the area. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Never knew how important Essex, MA was to nautical early America. Our tour guide was very passionate and informative, as well as entertaining as he told us how huge wooden ships, 4000 of them, were built, practically by hand, right there on that sight so...More

1  Thank 447charlenes
Reviewed 21 November 2017

I didn't join a tour but probably should have. The gentleman selling the tickets and manning the shop was kind enough to explain quite a bit about this place using the map on the wall. Very informative. My gut feeling is, he would have continued...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is a small place, but it has a lot to see. First they have an old U.S. Information Service movie about building schooners in Essex. The guide said that it was a bit hokey, which it was, but it is an...More

1  Thank bbwex
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We did a 1 1/2 hour guided tour. Extremely informative. Learned about the history of the area and the evolution of ship building.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

The quaint and rough looking property was steeped in Shipbuilding history. There are exhibits and projects that they are working on all around the site. The best part was a hands on demo of trunnel making were we each used a mallet to make the...More

2  Thank RMB634
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

It was fun to see the launch of a ship they have been working on. Lots of support from a great community was present to see this historic moment!

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Reviewed 8 November 2016

We were met at the door by a terrific guy with a passion for shipbuilding as well as a family history of involvement in the trade in Gloucester. He was so knowledgeable, we could have hung around for hours listening to him. For a very...More

2  Thank AnneMarie B
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