|Address:||66 Main St, Essex, MA 01929, USA|
If the names "Bluenose" and "Thebaud" are familiar to you, if you know the difference between "Chewbacca" and "Chebacco", then youll be right at home here. The museum is an all too brief look at the schooner building industry that defines Essex. Theres enough to be educational, but youll leave hankering for more. The exhibits are fascinating. The ship models are beautiful. Do yourself a favor and take the guided tour. Justin is a font of knowledge, some first-hand and some told to him by those who were "there", and he really brings the exhibits to life. Then, if you havent already, go sail on "Ardelle" out of Gloucester, or "Fame" out Salem; both were built the old-fashioned way right across the creek at Harold Burnhams shop.
Friendly staff. I appreciated the effort put forth to remember Essexs shipbuilding past. They could use some more informational material to read if you choose to do the self-guided tour as there wasnt much explaining the tools and things they had on display. I would recommend the guided tour as Im sure the tour guide goes through all the information you would miss doing the self-guided one. Definitely a small museum but its nice in that its not overwhelming with content to read.
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I stumbled accross this Museum one Saturday while in Essex, MA. Its real shipyard, with all sorts of historical stuff, and guys hanging around that actually still build wooden ships! They have tours, and videos, but the coolest thing is that you really feel that your back in the age of the wooden schooner. They say more two masted fishing schooners were built in Essex than anywhere else in the world.
This is a small, very focused museum with a working shipyard. We did a self-guided tour and learned a lot about shipbuilding and the history of this industry in Essex. I think we spent a little over an hour exploring the grounds and museum. I enjoy woodworking and used to help my father repair his wooden boat when I was young, so I personally got a lot out of the experience.
The place was just rebuilt. But it seemed to be neglected. Most of the displays stood without any explanations and where rotten and ugly. Seems like this place needs more work before opening up again
Great history and place for an event