Museum/Program/Site States: Massachusetts

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and the associated Lightship Museum are located on the downtown Portsmouth, Virginia, United States waterfront.

Nantucket Whaling Museum

The Nantucket Whaling Museum is a museum located in Nantucket, Massachusetts, dedicated to the history of whaling. It is run by the Nantucket Historical Association.

Nantucket Historical Association

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) tells the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.  

Custom House Maritime Museum

Ship models, artifacts & documents trace the area’s history as a seaport in this 1835 building.    

Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Cape Cod Maritime Museum is a maritime museum with a focus on Cape Cod’s maritime history, boat building, yachting, and nautical art.

MIT Museum, Hart Nautical Collection

The museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting materials that serve as a resource for the study and interpretation of the intellectual, educational, and social history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its role in the development of modern science and technology. The Museum stands alone among university museums in its focus on…

Lowell’s Boat Shop

In its 3rd century of operation, Lowell’s Boat Shop is now a working boat shop and living museum. LBS continues to build dories and skiffs in the time-honored tradition of seven generations of the Lowell family that owned and operated the Boat Shop. Its rich history is conveyed through boat building, model dory and apprentice…

USS Constitution Museum

The USS Constitution Museum ensures that the stories of USS Constitution and those who shaped her history are never forgotten, always remain relevant, and inspire as many people as possible. The museum will provide a hands-on, minds-on environment where inter-generational groups seeking an enjoyable, educational experience can have fun and learn as they explore history…

US Lightship Museum

The mission of the United States Lightship Museum (USLM) is to preserve and maintain Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 in perpetuity, reestablishing this National Historic Landmark in its homeport of Boston. It serves as a floating museum and learning center for the general public, chronicling the maritime history of the US Lightship Service from its inception in 1820…

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Salem Maritime National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System, one of more than 400 parks that are important examples of our national and cultural heritage. The purpose of Salem Maritime National Historic Site is to preserve and interpret resources along the waterfront of Salem, Massachusetts, that explain the nation’s settlement, its…

Old Dartmouth Historical Society – New Bedford Whaling Museum

The mission of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, which governs the New Bedford Whaling Museum, is to educate and interest all the public in the historic interaction worldwide of humans with whales; in history of Old Dartmouth and adjacent communities; and in regional maritime activity. To accomplish this the society shall collect, preserve and interpret…

Peabody Essex Museum

The roots of the Peabody Essex Museum date to the 1799 founding of the East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains and supercargoes who had sailed beyond either the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn. The society’s charter included a provision for the establishment of a “cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities,”…

Nantucket Shipwreck & Life-Saving Museum

In the 19th century, hundreds of ships passed by Nantucket Island each day, all navigating without the benefit of modern nautical technology. Unpredictable storms, dense fog and strong currents often caught even the most experienced sailors off guard. Treacherous shoals and inclement weather led to over 700 shipwrecks in the surrounding waters of Nantucket, causing…

Hull Lifesaving Museum

The Hull Lifesaving Museum is so much more than a museum. Founded in 1978, it is an essential part of the community that for 36 years has provided not only crucial lessons from our maritime heritage, but also life-changing and sometimes life-saving youth development experiences. The museum’s mission celebrates the lifesaving spirit of Skills, Courage,…

Ernestina-Morrissey

The schooner Ernestina-Morrissey is the official vessel of Massachusetts, and a partner of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (nps.gov/nebe/). She is designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Launched in 1894 as Effie M. Morrissey, the schooner is one of only six remaining historic schooners built in Essex, Massachusetts (Mystic Seaport’s L. A.…