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Essex Shipbuilding Museum

66 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
+1 978-768-7541
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Very Historical Lesson!

Never knew how important Essex, MA was to nautical early America. Our tour guide was very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
447charlenes
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Working Museum

I didn't join a tour but probably should have. The gentleman selling the tickets and manning the... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2017
peetg
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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 of maritime and local history. Both guided tours and self-guided tours are available. Group tours and field trips can be scheduled. The School House building interprets ship models from the Smithsonian Institute.
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66 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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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

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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

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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

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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Very educational even for non nautical persons. History of mankind's progress in ship building. Up close and personal self guided tour throughout the entire facility. Examples of early ship building techniques, with many hands on activity centers.

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Reviewed 30 September 2016

We loved everything about this museum, which is actually tacked on to a working shipyard that continues the centuries-old tradition of boat-building in Essex. Justin Demetri, who led our tour, was incredibly generous with his time and, as someone who grew up in a fishing...More

1  Thank lauranda
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

We spent a few days on the Massachusetts North Shore and had a free day with nothing planned. I came across a reference to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum that sounded interesting so we headed there and gave it a try. What a great find! Who...More

Thank Don S
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