Naval and Maritime Museums List
States of America
Compiled by Joseph Poutre
Last updated: 19 August 2012
The list is generally in the following format:
STATE or COMMONWEALTH
Museum name and location
Museum phone number
Web page address
Ship name Class (CV, BB, etc.), number
Always check the listed website or call ahead to confirm hours and admission fees!
As you will see, I don't have all the information for all the
places, and am always interested in reports of visits to these places,
so please EMAIL any reports, additions, corrections or updates to me,
Joe Poutre, at joseph dot poutre at verizon dot net.
Note: Even if you don't think you have a maritime museum
nearby, check your phone book and local tourist information sources -
you might be surprised. I have listings for several landlocked U.S.
states, including Iowa and Kentucky.
Some information here was confirmed and/or corrected using the
Sea Classics magazine annual Naval and Maritime Museums issue and
OPSail'92, the Official Magazine of Operation Sail.
Another list of Maritime Museums which have an online presence is maintained by Bob Smith at the following URL:
For the rest of the world, please follow this link to the Worldwide Naval and Maritime Museums list:
Links by state or commonwealth name (if you don't see a link, I don't have a museum within that state.):
Montgomery Snag removal steamer
Alabama Memorial Park
Highway 90, off Interstate 10 - Exit 27 or 30
Alabama BB 60
Drum AGSS 228
Other military equipment including a B-52 and an A-12.
NOTE: This museum was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, and may not be open for a while.
City of Mobile Museum
Models of American Civil War ships
There is a discussion about recovering the Civil War ironclad ram CSS Tuscaloosa from the Spanish River.
Nenana Passenger steamer
Kodiak Military History Museum
Miller Point, Ft. Abercrombie
Hours: 3 days per week during summer or by appointment
Admission charge: donation
Museum is in WW II Coastal Defence 8 inch battery bunker.
Cape Chiniak, St. Peter's Head, Ft. Smith
Coastal defense fort, demilitarised.
Long Island, Castle Bluff
Demilitarized coastal defense fort.
North Little Rock
Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
Thu-Sat 1000-1800, Sun 1300-1800
Hoga is the last Pearl Harbor USN vessel afloat. Razorback returned to US from Turkish Navy service.
Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation
Hornet CVS 12
Belvedere Cove, 52 Beach Rd.
China 19th century wooden sidewheeler
The social salon on board is a museum. She formerly sailed between San Francisco and Japan and Hong Kong.
Assault Amphibian Vehicle Museum
Nautical Heritage Museum
24532 Del Prado Ave.
Californian Revenue cutter (replica)
Ship tours the California coast much of the year.
Orange County Marine Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Pilgrim Brig (replica)
Tours are available of the Pilgrim, a copy of the ship Henry Dana sailed on and described in Two Years Before the Mast; call for information.
Humbolt Bay Maritime Museum
1410 Second St.
Madaket Passenger ship
Part of the display is dedicated to USS Milwaukee, which wrecked off Eureka in 1916.
CAS El Toro Historical Center and Command Museum
Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro
Many WWII to present Marine aircraft.
Will presumably move when the base closes.
S.S. Catalina Preservation Association
18242 West McDurmott, Suite J
Hoping to raise the S.S. Catalina from the bottom of Ensenada
Harbor in Baja California and restore her as close as possible to her
Queen Mary Luxury liner and troopship
QM is run as a floating hotel. Tours cover most of the ship. She _may_ be haunted.
Scorpion/U-427 Foxtrot-class submarine
The sub was formerly based in Sydney, Australia, and is maintained by former Soviet Naval personnel.
Allan Knight Maritime Museum
550 Calle Principal
Library and museum - renowned model collection.
The Maritime Museum of Monterey
The Stanton Center, Historic Custom House Plaza
Tue-Sun and major holidays 1000-1700
Longer hours in summer
Newport Harbor Maritime Museum
151 East Coast Highway
Fax: (949) 675-8864
Shorts Sunderland flying boat
U.S. Lighthouse Society
FDR Memorial Park
66 Jack London Sq.
Potomac Presidential yacht
Potomac served Franklin Roosevelt during his presidency.
Oxnard, Channel Islands
Ventura County Maritime Museum
2731 S. Victoria Ave.
Permanent collection of extensive marine art, featuring works by the Dutch and Flemish painters, 17th century artists Willem van de Velde and Bonaventura Peeters. Noted modern artists in the collection include John Stobart, Montague Dawson, David Thimgan, Roy Cross and Christopher Blossom.
The museum also houses one of the two largest collection of antique Napoleonic prisoner of war sailing ship models in the US.
Three thousand years of maritime history are illustrated by historic ship models, including the life's work of renowned builder Edward Marple.
Exhibits on whaling, sailors' arts, the history of the Channel Islands Harbor and Port of Hueneme round out the collection.
Point Pinos Lighthouse
End of Monterey Peninsula
Thr, Sat and Sun: 1300-1600
Built 1855. Described as shaped like a Cape Cod cottage. Two
keepers were women. Run by the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.
One room will display the history of the Coast Guard in WWII.
Naval Construction Batalion Center
Mon-Fri 0800-1700, Sat 0900-1430, Sun 1230-1630, closed holidays
History of the USN Construction Battalions.
Richmond Museum of History/Rosie the Riveter National Historic Site
End of Canal Blvd.
Tue, Thu, Sat Sun 1000-1500
Donation $5, $4
SS Red Oak Victory
Last of 747 ships built at Kaiser Shipyards. Being restored.
American Patrol Boats Museum
PT-695 72.5' Vosper Type
All are kept in operational condition. The cutter and the PT are sailed.
San Diego Maritime Museum
1306 N. Harbor Drive, the Embarcadero
Daily 0900-2000, to 2100 during the summer
Admission fee charged, based on age
Star of India Sail barque
Berkeley Steam ferryboat
Medea Steam yacht
Californian Revenue cutter
Surprise, ex-"HMS" Rose Sail frigate
Pilot Harbor pilot boat
The Star of India sails the harbor once a year. She is
believed the oldest active merchant vessel afloat. Surprise was
featured in the movie "Master and Commander".
Another site about "HMS Rose/Surprise": http://www.tallshiprose.org/
San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
910 North Harbor Drive
Daily 100-1700 except major holidays
USS Midway CV 41
Veterans Memorial Center and Museum Balboa Park
In the former chapel of the Naval Hospital
Houses a collection of memorabilia and papers. Dedicated to veterans of all conflicts.
San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
Hyde St. Pier
Daily 1000-1700 (Some sections have other hours)
Balclutha Steel hull square-rigged merchant ship
Alma SF Bay scow schooner
Eppleton Hall Side wheel paddle tug
CA Thayer Schooner
Hercules Steam tug
Wapama Steam schooner
About 90 small craft
Admission to Hyde Street Pier, research library, visitor center and
maritime museum free. Boarding pass for National Landmark vessels: $5.
Thayer is in the yard being repaired; follow this link for project information and
National Maritime Museum Association
Pier 45 on Fisherman's Wharf
Pampanito SS 383
National Liberty Ship Memorial
Fort Mason Center, Bldg. A
Pier 32 on the Embarcadero, just south of the Bay Bridge
Mon-Fri 0900-1500, Sat-Sun 0900-1600
Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty ship
The last unaltered Liberty ship. Still operating.
Treasure Island Museum
410 Palm Avenue
(AC Transit bus "T" from Transbay Terminal, Mission at Second St. Get off just inside gate, first building, plain view)
On an island in the bay, museum of US sea combat in the Pacific.
Coastal defense fort, on ramp to Santa Monica pier
Rodman smooth-bore, sleeved to be smaller rifled guns.
San Pedro, port of Los Angeles
Lane Victory Victory ship
Open for tours, and 2 annual cruises to Catalina Island. During the cruise the ship undergoes a mock air attack.
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Berth 84 - foot of Sixth Street
Admission free, one dollar donation per adult is requested.
Swift of Ipswich Topsail schooner
Angels Gate ST class Tug
Ocean Waif Racing yawl
Ralph J. Scott Fireboat #2
Two Monterey fishing boats (1917 and 1927 vintage)
Largest maritime museum on the west coast of North America. Operated by the Los Angeles City Department of
Recreation and Parks.
Occupies the former Municipal Ferry Building, a 75,000 sq. ft. art
deco structure located on the main channel of the port. Holds one of
the largest collections of ship models in the U.S. Swift is used for youth sail training. Gate is listed on the National Historic Vessel list. Waif
is the original Angleman Seawitch prototype. Centerpiece of John Gibson
Park which includes the National Merchant Marine Memorial, the USS Los Angeles
(CA-135) Mainmast naval memorial and Education Center of the Museum
where American Sail Training Association endorsed youth development
classes are held. Internships are available through university and
college programs worldwide. Scott is part of the John Gibson
Park. Research facilities include a 5,000 volume library and a major
archive of maritime photographs. 16"/50 barrel on display.
Mare Island Historic Park, at the former Naval Shipyard
Tours given of important sites in the area. The museum is in the
planning stages, and will contain the sail and control room of the SSBN
Vallejo and the entire SSN Drum, the last ship built at Mare Island.
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
734 Marin St., in the former City Hall
HMS Rose Sail warship
Moved to the west coast, in San Diego, California. Used in filming of "Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World".
Connecticut River Museum
1879 Steamboat Dock, Foot of Main St.
American Turtle SS (working replica)
Nautilus Memorial and Submarine Force Museum
Exit 86 off I95, follow signs
Phone: 800-343-0079 or 203-449-3174
Daily 0900-1700, except Tue 1300-1700
Nautilus SSN 571
Japanese Type A "Kairyu" minisub
Italian "Maile" minisub
World's first nuclear propelled vessel and a submarine museum. Explorer was built and sailed (sunk?) by Simon Lake. There is a very large cutout scale model of a Gato-class sub in the museum.
Mystic Seaport Museum
50 Greenmanville Ave.
Joseph Conrad Steel hulled square-rigger
Charles W. Morgan Whaling bark
L.A. Dunton Grand Banks fishing schooner
Sabino Coal-fired steam launch
Emma C. Berry Wooden sloop-rigged smack
Plethora of small vessels
Replica whaling town of 1800's. Nearby is Mystic Marinelife Aquarium. Morgan is the last wooden whaler still afloat in the world. Sabino tours the harbor.
US Coast Guard Museum
US Coast Guard Academy
Mon-Fri 0900-1700, Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700. Closed on federal holidays.
Admission is free.
Eagle, ex-Horst Vessel Three-masted training barque
Eagle is the primary training ship for the Coast Guard Academy. Often at sea.
Maritime Center at Norwalk
10 N. Water St.
Hope Oyster sloop
Nautical history and ecology of Long Island Sound. Includes an aquarium and an IMAX theater.
Stonington Harbor Lighthouse
May to Oct, Tue-Sun 1100-1600
905 Honeyspot Rd.
Working to preserve the USCGC Glacier. Have a 9 foot model in her combat
configuration when she served in the US Navy, plus other photos and items
related to missions to the Arctic and Antarctic.
Indian River Lifesaving Station
Rt.1 between Dewey Beach and Indian River Inlet
Bowers Beach Maritime Museum
Summer daily 1300-1600
Other seasons Sat-Sun and holidays 1300-1600
C & D Canal Museum
Documents and artifacts relating to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and a working model of a canal lock.
PT 308 Restoration Project, Inc
Cannon Ball Marine Museum
Thompson Country Store Historic Complex
HMB DeBraak - parts of a wrecked 1798 British Warship & artifacts on display
Naval Bombardment of Lewes in 1813; the first Dutch Settlement in DE; Delaware River and Bay Pilots
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
1124 E. Seventh St.
Replica of the sailing ship Kalmar Nyckel, which brought the first Swedish settlers to Delaware in 1638.
Wilmington Maritime Center
The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial is no more, and the cutter Mohawk is now sitting in Staten Island, NY.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington Navy Yard
Buildings 76 and 57
901 M Street, SE
Barry DD 933
Trieste I Deep diving sub
Historical retrospective. Models, aircraft, paintings.
The Barry is docked, while the Trieste is in the main
building. The PCF is on the lawn with a collection of naval weapons,
including parts from the Maine and a 14" naval railroad gun.
The Annex has been closed, and is being converted to a Cold War museum. The displays within are being sent elsewhere.
United States Marine Corps Museum
Bldg. 58, Navy Yard
Detailed history of the Marines, with a series of glass case filled with memorabilia from different time periods, opposing a wall of quotes, pictures and paintings. Some of the descriptions are hard to read due to the lack of light. Also a gallery of photos and/or paintings on a rotating schedule, and a series of miniature battle scenes.
Naval Historical Center
Information currently available includes bibliographies, active ship levels from 1917 to present, aviation squadron lineages, and ordering information for NHC publications.
The Smithsonian Institution
Constitution Ave. at 12th St.
Philadelphia Sail gunboat
Remains of first warship built in what would become the USA, in the Hall of Armed Forces History(?). Operated by Army, as Navy wasn't yet formed. Ship models are on display in the Hall of American Maritime Enterprise, the Technology building and the Air and Space Museum.
Dedalo, ex-Cabot CVL 28
Scrapped. Some equipment was apparently rescued and distributed to museums around the country.
Apalachacola Maritime Museum
57 Market St.
Governor Stone Gulf coast schooner
Maritime history of the American south, especially the surrounding bay area.
DeLand Naval Air Station Museum
Vietnam veteran, bought by USN from Norway. Being restored the Vietnam appearance. Will serve as training boat for Sea Scouts.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Largest Civil War-era coastal fort in the United States, known as the "Gibraltar of the Gulf."
Jacksonville Maritime Museum Society
1015 Museum Circle
Daily 1100-1900, except public holidays
Maritime and Yachting Museum
2000 Jensen Beach Blvd.
Several vessels, including some being restored. Tea time talks are given Fridays at 3PM.
Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum
Loxahatachee Historical Museum
Tue-Fri 1000-1600, Sun 1000-1500, closed New Year's and Christmas
Maritime Museum of the Florida Keys
102670 Highway US 1
Key West Lighthouse Museum and Keepers Quarters
938 Whitehead St.
Daily 0930-1700 except Christmas
History of pirates of the Caribbean, using display and historical
memorabilia, including one of only two genuine skull-and-crossbones
The Wrecker's Museum
322 Duval St.
Panama City Beach
Museum of Man in the Sea
17314 Back Beach Rd.
Diving and undersea exploration.
National Naval Aviation Museum
Pensacola Naval Air Station
Phone: 904-452-3604 (touchtone)
Phone: 904-452-3606 (rotary)
Palm Beach Maritime Museum
Pt. Palm Beach Maritime Bldg #404
The Lyons Maritime Museum
9 King St.
Phone: 904-825-0184 or -4504
Daily except Christmas
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum
81 Lighthouse Ave.
Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th St.
History of the American era of the Panama Canal (1904-1999).
Mel Fisher's Maritime Heritage Museum
200 Greene St.
General maritime history, focusing on the 16th and 17th centuries.
Maritime & Yachting Museum of the Treasure Coast
3250 S.W. Kanner Highway
Park in the Florida Aquarium parking lot
Mon - Sat 1100-1600, Sun 1300-1700
Vintage Rose 21 foot 1934 Chris Craft triple-cockpit motorboat
Follie, Annie and Thompson's Bird trio of Bahamas dinghies
VeeGee 1934 Wheeler 39' yacht
Moonraker scaled-down replica of the ship's gig Captain Bligh was set adrift in
Care Taker 1950 Century Seamaid with original flathead 6 Gray Marine Race Engine
Big Blue 1951 Lyman runabout
The Evinrude Collection of motors
Missions: preserve significant and irreplaceable boats and
artifacts that provide a tangible link to the past, maintain a
permanent record of maritime and yachting history that has helped shape
the Treasure Coast and Florida, and provide maritime and yachting
educational programs that are based on knowledge of the past, and will
stimulate imagination for the future.
The American Victory Mariners Memorial & Museum Ship
York St., on the waterfront.
Park in the Florida Aquarium parking lot
American Victory Victory ship
Intended that she be restored to operating status.
Includes the assets of the former U.S. Merchant Marine Museum in Anderson, Indiana.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Museum
S. Peninsula Dr.
Completed 1887, still active.
Naval Supply Corps Museum
Prince and Oglethorpe Streets
Closed Federal Holidays
No admission fee
Civil War Naval Museum/Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center
Tue-Fri 1000-1700, Sat-Sun 1300-1700
Houses remains of Civil War ironclads CSS Jackson and CSS Chattahoochee,
fished out of southern rivers during 1960's Centennial. Both are little
more than part of a burned hull surrounded by iron armor sections,
cannon, and other metal items recovered from the rivers. Additional
displays of uniforms,equipments, and models.
Ships of the Sea Museum
503 East River St.
More than 150 ship models.
Savannah Maritime Museum
St. Simon's Island
Museum of Coastal History
610 Beachview Dr.
Gaan Point blockhouse
Japanese WWII 200 mm short gun
Japanese Type-A midget submarine
Captured on Guam at the end of WW2
Hawaii Maritime Center
Falls of Clyde Full-rigged iron-hulled tanker
Hokule'a Polynesian canoe (replica)
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
11 Arizona Memorial Drive
Admission fee, can be combined with Missouri tour (see below)
Bowfin SS 287
Outside are a 2-man Japanese sub and a Regulus I. Now has artifacts
from USS Kamehameha, a former ballistic missile and special operations
Army Museum at Battery Randolf
Shore defence battery, though no guns are left.
Pearl Harbor, Oahu
1 Arizona Memorial Place
Phone: 808-422-2771 or 808-422-0561 (Recorded information)
Daily 0730-1700. Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Arizona BB 39
Missouri BB 63
Admission fee, can be combined with Bowfin tour (see above).
Missouri is moored at the other end of Battleship Row from Arizona.
Utah AG 16 (Target ship), ex-BB 31
Ford island is still a Naval base, so call ahead for information.
Port of Lahaina, Maui
890 Alua St.
Cathaginian II Brig
Chicago Maritime Society
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
57th St. and Lake Shore Drive
U-505 Sub (German)
Type IXC U-boat was captured by CVE USS Guadalcanal during
WWII. Museum has an exhibit called "Ships Through the Ages." Included
in the museum entrance fee ($7.00). Tour is self-guided, with tape
players giving a narrative.
American Academy of Industry
Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum
803 South State St.
Jan-mid Dec daily 1300-1600, closed holidays and Thanksgiving week
United States Merchant Marine Museum
Closed. The collection has gone to the American Victory in Florida.
LST-325 Landing ship, tank
Howard Steamboat Museum
1101 E. Market St.
City of Clinton Towboat turned showboat
St. Genevieve Steam dredger
Queen Passenger steamboat
Landed, awaiting restoration.
Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum
Mississippi River Museum
2nd St., Ice Harbor
William M. Black Sidewheeler dredge
Upper Mississippi navigational history including a collection of vessels
Keokuk River Museum
George M. Verity Steam sternwheeler
Museum of the Mississippi and riverboats.
Buffalo Bill Museum
200 N. River Dr.
Summer daily 0730-1630, winter Sat-Sun 0730-1630
Lone Star Steamer Riverboat
Includes displays on upper Mississippi water transportation. Lone Star is one of the few surviving wood riverboats.
Old Olathe Naval Air Museum
1 Navy Park Drive, Industrial Airport
History of Olathe NAS.
Mamie S. Barrett Steam towboat
No longer there - moved and left derelict in Vicksburg.
4th St. and River Rd.
Phone: 502-625-2355 or 502-582-2547
Belle of Louisville Steamboat
Built in 1914, now makes day trips. Carries museum about steamboats.
Naval Civil War Museum of the Western Theater
USS Louisville Replica ironclad (building
Wake Robin Steam buoy tender
Louisiana Naval War Museum
305 S. River Rd.
Daily 0900-1700, closed Christmas
Kidd DD 661
Kidd is a Fletcher class DD, the only one still in WWII
form. Includes displays of the defunct Louisiana Maritime Museum. Also
a P-40 fighter, as part of a display on the Flying Tigers.
LCVP KA 33-21 Association
Higgins boat replica/rebuild
New built, using vintage engine, salvaged parts.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum
Pioneer Confederate submersible
945 Magazine St.
For a list of Maine maritime locations, one can also consult this site:
Maine State Museum
Contains contents of now-closed Allie Ryan Museum.
Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington St.
Sherman Zwicker Schooner
Restored shipyard, plus >100 small craft. Recently completed a
massive new museum bulding, housing a large collection of maritime art
and various research archives. Zwicker is privately owned.
Allie Ryan Museum
This museum has been closed, and its contents sent to the Maine State Museum in Augusta.
Border Historical Society
1 Capen Ave.
Moosehead Marine Museum
Katahdin Lake steamer
History of western Maine's lakes.
Kittery Historical and Naval Museum
History of Maine's oldest European settlement.
"Maine's first ship - 1607"
Building a reconstuction of Popham Colony's pinnace Virginia.
The Observatory, a 65 foot shingle wooden tower, was built in 1807
and served as a marine signal station until 1924. The tower was
equipped with a powerful telescope to identify incoming ships and a
signal flag system to announce their arrival to subscribing ship owners
at their wharf side offices. In the last century such towers were
common throughout the world. Reputed to be the last such observatory on
the east coast.
Shore Village Museum
104 Limerock St.
Penobscot Marine Museum
5 Church St.
Memorial Day to October 15
Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700
Fishing and seafaring history. Paintings and small boats on display. Museum consists of 8 buildings.
Portland Harbor Museum
Southern Maine Technical College
Small admission fee, free for kids under 12
Museum of the port of Portland. Includes part of the bow of clipper ship Snow Squall, built in Portland.
Maine Watercraft Museum
4 Knox St.
Phone: 800-923-0444 or 207-354-0444
May - Oct daily, by appointment Nov - Apr
Small craft museum with collection representative of Maine's boatbuilding heritage.
U. S. Naval Academy
Mon-Sat: 0900-1700, Sun: 1100-1700
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's
Photo ID is required for admission to the Naval Academy grounds
X-1 Experimental mini-sub
The Academy is National Historic Shrine, containing multitude of monuments and relics, including foremast of BB USS Maine and crypt of John Paul Jones.
Museum run by the U.S. Naval Institute. Contains a brand new model ship gallery which contains some of the most spectacular items from the Naval Academy's impressive model ship collection.
Annapolis Maritime Museum
133 Bay Shore Drive
No admission charge
The museum has the definitive collection of the maritime history of the Annapolis area including the sailing and yachting history of the Chesapeake Bay. For information contact Mike Miron email@example.com
Phone: 410-539-1797 or -1798
Constellation Sloop of war (ex-IX 21)
Constellation is last wooden warship built in US. The US Navy used funds appropriated for repair of vessels to completely rebuild/replace frigate Constellation of War of 1812 fame.
Constellation is being rebuilt and has returned to her dock.
Baltimore Maritime Museum
Torsk AGSS 423
Taney WHEC 37 (USCG cutter)
Chesapeake Lightship #116
Torsk has been drydocked and received needed repairs and a new paint job. Taney is
the last remaining armed ship afloat, Japanese or American, from the Pearl Harbor attack (she was at Honolulu).
Project Liberty Ship
Phone: Ship: 410-558-0646
0900-1500 Wed and Sat when in port - call ahead
John W. Brown Liberty ship #312
Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway
Pride of Baltimore II Sailing ship
Aubrey L. Higgins Lighthouse tender
is an interpretation of a "Baltimore Clipper". The first was lost at
sea some years ago; there is a monument nearby, with one of her masts.
Radcliff Maritime Museum
201 W. Monument St.
Minnie V Skipjack
Richardson Maritime Museum
401 High Street
Unique collection of Chesapeake Bay workboat models--many models
built by the owners of the boats themselves. Tools and memorabilia of
working watermen and of Jim Richardson, the Museum's namesake. Active
and growing boatworks facility where classic Chesapeake Bay boats are
restored or reconstructed. Modeler's Guild that teaches construction of
radio-controlled model skipjacks (an oystering boat unique to the Bay.)
Oral Histories Project to capture and document stories of local
boatbuilders, an area tradition that goes back to clipper ship designs
that influenced boatbuilding throughout the world.
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Museum
Second St. and Bethel Rd.
C&O Canal National Historic Park
Western Maryland Station Center
Harve de Grace
Harve de Grace Maritime Museum
Mary W. Somers Skipjack
Historic St. Mary's City
Maryland Dove Sailing ship
The Dove is an interpretation of one of the ships that brought early settlers to Maryland.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Mill St., Navy Point
Daily 0900-1800, fall/spring daily 0900-1700, winter Sat-Sun, holidays 0900-1700
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's
Victory Chimes Ram type schooner
More than 80 vessels and small boats.
Exhibits trace the history of the Bay including boatbuilding,
fishing, yachting, waterfowling, and navigation. Features include a
19th-century screwpile-type lighthouse, restored log-bottom bugeye,
skipjacks, a racing log canoe, collection of Bay boats, decoy and
The Victory Chimes will offer public cruises in the fall and spring.
History of waterfowling, primarily in Chesapeake Bay area, and local maritime culture.
Calvert Marine Museum
Routes 2 and 4
Drum Point Lighthouse and number of small craft.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Canal runs from Rock Creek in Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, Md.
There are visitor's centers in Georgetown and Great Falls Tavern,
Hancock, and Cumberland, MD.
HMS Bounty (replica)
Ship built for 1960 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty", has served in
other films and television shows. Now owned by the Tall Ship Bounty
Organization LLC: "dedicated to keeping the ship sailing and using her
as a vehicle for teaching the nearly lost arts of square rigged sailing
Boston National Historical Park
Phone: 617-242-5670 (Constitution)
Phone: 617-242-5644 (Cassin Young)
Phone: 617-426-1812 (Museum)
Open daily 0900-1700, Constitution 0930-1530
Constitution Sail frigate
Cassin Young DD 793
Constitution is oldest ship on US Navy lists, and is the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat in the world. Crewed by Navy personnel wearing period uniforms. She is newly rebuilt, and was sailed in July 1997 and August 2012.
Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
Congress Street Bridge
Beaver II Replica brigantine
All about the Boston Tea Party. Beaver II is a replica of one of the ships involved.
Nobska Passenger steamboat
New York Central railroad tug
Hart Nautical Gallery
Bldg. 5, 1st floor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Gallery has three parts: collection of ship models from ancient to
modern, hull half-sections of various boats/ships/subs and sail craft,
and modern displays changed about every year. No fee. Look for full
size anchors on loan from US Navy.
New England Historic Seaport
This museum has closed.
Nantucket II WLV 613
Last lightship built in the US, and served on the last lightship
station. Moored in drydock #2 at the shipyard, a few hundred yards from
USS Constitution (just outside the National Park). She is capable of getting underway under her own power.
Cohasset Historical Society's Maritime Museum
Phone: 781-383-1434 (Society phone)
June-Sept only, 1330-1630 Tue-Sun
Housed in Bates Ship Chandlery, from the 18th century.
Specializes in the maritime history of the Town of Cohasset. Artifacts from the "age of sail" and includes exhibits relating to 19th century shipbuilding, fishing, navigation, shipwrecks and lifesaving, ship carvings and the story of Minot's Ledge Lighthouse. Also featured are general collections of historical artifacts from Cohasset.
Massachusetts BB 59
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. DD 850
Lionfish SS 298
Self-guided tour of all ships except Hiddensee, which is guided and scheduled. There is also a small section of the bow of the cruiser Fall River. Hiddensee is a former East German Tarantul class corvette, and was donated by the US Navy. She was formerly known as Rudolf Edelhofer. There are new submarine and PT boat exhibits aboard the Massachusetts, and several pallets of 16" shells have been added in one of the magazines.
Massachusetts recently received a desperately needed overhaul.
Marine Museum of Fall River
70 Water St.
History of Fall River Line, steam power. >100 models, including a 28' Titanic.
Cape Ann Histoical Association
27 Pleasant St.
Fishing and works of Fitz Hugh Lane
Last old-time Gloucester schooner still sailing. At last report undergoing a rebuild.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
Several important vessels, including one of the last WWII chase boats.
Hull Lifesaving Museum
6 Circuit Ave.
The lifeboat Nantasket used by famous lifesaver Joshua James is on display here, along with several other lifeboats in various states of decay. A variety of Lifesaving Service/USCG beach apparatus here, including a breeches-buoy rig that is often set up as a demonstation and several beach carts.
Nantucket Historical Association
2 Union St.
Nantucket Life Saving Museum
0930-1600 June 15-Columbus Day, other times by special arrangement
Admission fee, group discount
Various lifesaving equipment on display
10 Union St.
New Bedford Lightship
Ernestina fished the Grand Banks, sailed in the US Navy, and worked carrying immigrants between New England and Cape Verde Islands.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
Half-size model of whaler Lagoda in main building.
Custom House Maritime Museum
25 Water Street
past Market Square
Museum in city that was a major ship exporter in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Collection includes objects brought back from the Orient and the South Seas
Activities: Lectures; gallery talks; concerts; formally organized education programs for children; school loan service; temporary, loan and traveling exhibitions.
Recreation of Mayflower in recreated Pilgrim settlement and Wampanoag Indian village.
QuincyNantucket Lightship Museum
Nantucket I WLV 612
The lightship is located at the Marina Bay development on the site
of NAS Squantum, the birthplace of Naval Reserve Aviation. She is fully
operational and is registered as a privately maintained aid to
U.S. Naval and Shipbuilding Museum
739 Washington Street, by the Fore River bridge
Admission fee. Groups should phone ahead.
Admission charge. Groups of ten or more are asked to call ahead to schedule.
Guided and self-guided tours available. (Guided tours subject to tour guide availability.)
Salem CA 139
U-5075 German "Seehund" minisub
At former Fore River shipyard. Guided and self-guided tours available, subject to tour guide availability. Ship is being maintained as she would have been in service.
USNSM also contains a "Military Archives and Ordnance Collection" with a vast collection of military records, documents, artifacts, etc. ranging from the Revolution to the present.
Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
The nation's oldest continuously operating museum, founded in 1799. Largest collection of marine art in US.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
174 Derby St.
Friendship is a replica of a 1797 East Indiaman, a three-masted
350-ton ship that sailed on trading voyages all over the world before
being captured by the British in 1812. Guided tours are available.
This 30-ton schooner sails three times daily from Memorial Day
through Halloween, taking the paying public on cruises upon historic
Salem Sound. Replica of the 1812 privateer FAME
The Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum
New museum being built by the local Historical Society, will focus on the history of local marine industry and shipwrecks
Kendall Institute at the New Bedford Whaling Museum
27 Everett St.
http://www.kwm.org/ - note that this will redirect you
Tue-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1300-1700, Mon and Federal holidays 1000-1700
Now merged with New Bedford WM - see above.
Aspen USCG cutter
Raised from its shallow resting place of many years, near Charlevoix, Michigan, and headed to
Alpena to serve as a public maritime research vessel.
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve
Maritime heritage "discovery center" featuring over 8,000
square-feet of exhibits on the Great Lakes, shipwrecks, archaeology and
maritime history. Auditorium for showing films and live video feeds
from Thunder Bay shipwrecks, an archaeological conservation laboratory,
and an education resource room.
Located in Lake Huron, preserve was established in 2000 to protect
an estimated 200 historically significant shipwrecks ranging from
nineteenth century wooden side-wheelers to twentieth century
Saginaw Valley Ship Museum Committee
Edson DD 496
Dossin Museum, Great Lakes Maritime Institute
100 Strand, Belle Isle
History of Great Lakes transport, focusing on Detroit.
Northwest Michigan Maritime Museum
324 Main St.
City of Milwaukee Steam rail ferry
Sleeping Bear Point Lifesaving Station
Public road of M209
Beebe-Mclellan and Higgins-Gifford type surfboats
The B-M is a reproduction, the H-G was built circa 1880. Multiple buildings on site. The station is no longer active.
Sturgeon Point Lighthouse
Memorial Day to Labor Day: Mon-Fri 1000-1600, Sat-Sun 1200-1600
Mackinaw City Marina
Replica of British sloop of war from around 1775 is centerpiece.
Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse
Great Lakes Naval and Maritime Museum
1346 Bluff, Pere Marquette Park
Silversides SS 236
McLane WMEC-146 - Coast Guard cutter
LST-393 Landing Ship, Tank under restoration
Milwaukee Clipper Passenger steamship
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Whitefish Point Road
Phone: 800-SHIPWRECK (800-635-1742)
Huron Lightship Museum
Pine Grove Park
Museum of Arts and History
1115 Sixth St.
May-Jun, Sep Weekends, Jul-Aug Wed-Sun 1300-1630
Saugatuk, near Douglass
SS Keewatin Marine Museum
Blue Star Highway and Union St., off I-196
Phone: 616-857-2151, ext. 26
Keewatin Passenger steamer
Reiss Steam tug
Helen McLeod Fishing boat
Sault Ste. Marie
Soo Locks Visitor's Center
Film, videos, photos and artifacts of the history and operation of
the locks. There is a working model of a lock and a relief map of the
Sault Ste. Marie
Johnson and Water Streets, just east of Soo Locks
Valley Camp Lake ore
Contains a museum of Great Lakes shipping. In dry dock.
Michigan Maritime Museum
260 Dyckman Ave.
Open year round.
Canal Park Marine Museum
600 Lake Avenue S.
Summer daily 1000-2100, spring/fall 1000-1630, winter Fri-Sun 1000-1600
History of Duluth and Lake Superior in shipping, and the US Army Corps of Engineers work on the nation's waterways.
Duluth Arena-Auditorium, Hwy 61
350 Harbor Dr.
William A. Irvin Iron ore carrier
Lake commerce and boat technology.
Minnesota Transportation Museum Lake Minnetonka Division
328 Lake Street
Minnehaha Lake steamboat
Minnehaha: built 1906, sank to the lake bottom 1926, raised in 1980
by private individuals, left to rot for 10 years, obtained by the
Museum in 1990 and restored by 1996. Engine: 127 horse power vintage
1930s steam engine. Boiler: 1995 Cleaver-Brooks Package boiler. Run on
180 pounds of pressure. Wooden hull, 70 feet long, 14 fee in the beam.
Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center
202 1st Ave. N
Edna G Steam tug
Julius C. Wilkie Steamboat
One of the few surviving wood sternwheelers.
Biloxi Seafood Industry Museum
115 First St.
Vicksburg National Military Park
3201 Clay St.
Cairo Ironclad riverboat
Union boat that sank in the Mississippi. She was propelled by a split stern wheel arrangement.
The Gray and Blue Naval Museum
1102 Washington St.
Mon - Sat 0900-1700
Displays include: 86 models of Civil War gunboats, 250 square foot
diorama of the Siege of Vicksburg, "Life on the River" including models
of riverboats, and a display called "The Mississippians" of 55 vessels
with names related to the Mississippi.
400 Grand Avenue
Mon-Sat 1000-1800, tours 1/2 hourly until 1630, Sun 1200-1700, tours 1/2 hourly until 1530
Closed Christmas Eve and Day, New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving
Contains memorabilia from the sidewheel river steamboat Arabia, which sank in 1856.
Missouri River History Museum
Brownwille Recreation Area
Captain Merriwether Lewis Dredge
Omaha Military Historical Society
2497 Freedom Park Road
Marlin SST 2
Hazard AM 240
LSM 45 was gifted to Marine Corp Museum of the Carolinas in Jacksonville, NC.
Meriwether Lewis Museum
Brownville State Recreation Area
Capt Meriwether Lewis Corps of Engineers dredgeboat
Museum is aboard, boat is landed.
Ramada Express Hotel/Casino
WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and Desert Storm. Some ship models.
Port of Portsmouth Maritime Museum
Market St. Extension
Albacore AGSS 569
History of locally built submarines. Tour of boat is primary attraction.
Canal Museum at Waterloo
Allamuchy Mountain State Park
April-Sept: Tue-Sun 1000-1800
Oct-Dec: Tue-Sun 1000-1700
Tour of several buildings, plus a ride on a canal boat.
On the waterfront, south of the Tweeter Center
New Jersey BB 62
Atlantis Concrete ship (wrecked)
The wreck lies on the west side of Cape May island, a few dozen meters off the beach.
Cape May Lighthouse
Park grounds are open dawn to dusk. There is a fee to climb the lighthouse steps - 218 of them.
Also nearby on the beach is the remains of a coast defence gun
emplacement. During WWII it was on a bluff, but time and erosion have
moved the beach back so that it is now in the surf.
Binghamton Steam ferry
Now a restaurant.
New Jersey Naval Museum
River and Court Streets
Ling AGSS 297
Japanese Kaiten suicide torpedo
German WWII Seehund
Torpedo, plus Regulus, Talos and other missiles on lawn. Submarine-oriented museum. They are looking for 40mm shells for display purposes.
Twin Lights Historic Site
History of twin lights of Navesink, and navigation.
Series of naval defense batteries were built on the site, including
12 inch mortars, one of which is on display. Sandy Hook was also
national proving grounds until 1907, when they were moved to Aberdeen.
Two missiles are stuck in the ground.
NAWC Lakehurst, Visitor's Center
History of USN Lighter-Than-Air.
NAS Wildwood Naval Aviation Museum
Cape May County Airport
HH-52A, T-33, A-4, Stearman, MiG-15
Middletown, Jersey City, Camden
Battleship New Jersey Historical Museum Society
The Society has a prescence aboard the Battleship New Jersey Museum in Camden. There is also a small display in the Central New Jersey
Railroad Terminal in Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
Monmouth Beach Life Saving Station
Canal Society of New Jersey Museum
Building in the Village Museum dedicated to three major canals in New Jersey, including the Morris Canal.
Waterloo Village is currently closed.
Great Falls Historic District
Rogers Locomotive Building
Spruce and Market Sts.
Phone: 201-279-9587 (Historic District phone number)
Boat #1 Sub
Fenian Ram Submersible
Boat #1 is the first Holland sub, launched 1881. John Holland was a citizen of Paterson.
Farragut Marine Museum
Admiral Farragut Academy
New Jersey National Guard Militia Museum
Intelligent Whale Early submarine
The sub was built by the American Submarine Co. in Newark.
Toms River Seaport Society Maritime Museum
1868 Joseph Francis Estate Carriage House
Hooper Ave. & E. Water St.
Tues. & Sat. 1000-1400 & by appointment
Groups: Up to 45 by appointment
Admission: by donation
120 W. Main St.
Apr-Oct Daily 1000-1700, Nov-Dec Weekends 1100-1600, closed Jan-Mar
Slater DE 766
Quay Street, just north of Dunn Memorial Bridge, Rts. 9 and 20.
Apr - Nov, Wed - Sun, 1000 to 1600. Also open on significant holidays.
Served Greece as AEtos.
East Hampton Town Marine Museum
About the nautical history of the South Fork of Long Island.
Blue Mountain Lake
Collection of >200 small boats
Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Servicemen's Museum
1 Naval Park Cove, foot of Pearl St.
Little Rock CLG 4
The Sullivans DD 537
Croaker SS 246
Museum has collection of models of many ships, mostly Great Lakes vessels, including large before and after models of the Wolverine, one of two side-wheelers converted into flight training aircraft carriers during WWII (other was Sable.) Several static displays on the grounds of various military equipment.
Canadiana Passenger steamboat
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
7010 Lakeport Rd.
Jul-Aug daily 1000-1600, Apr-Jun and Sep-Oct Sat-Sun 1300-1600
Nov-Mar first Sat 1300-1600
City Island, the Bronx
City Island Historical Society
190 Fordham St.
Antique Boat Museum
750 Mary St.
World's largest recreational boat museum.
Cold Spring Harbor
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Daily Memorial Day to Labor Day
Collection includes over 700 scrimshaw pieces.
New Netherlands Museum
181 South Riverside Ave
Half Moon Sailing ship
Replica of Henry Hudson's exploration vessel. Small museum on history of New Netherlands colony.
Dunkirk Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum
Lighthouse Point Drive North, off Rt. 5
East Hampton Marine Museum
101 Main St.
Fishing, boatbuilding, whaling and sportfishing history.
Seaport Marine Museum and Education Center
Multiple small vessels, both sail and powered.
High Falls, near Rosendale
Delaware and Hudson Canal Museum
Mohonk Rd, 1 block east of Rt. 213
May 30-Labor Day Thu-Mon 1100-1700, Sun 1300-1700
May, Sep-Oct weekends
History of the D+H canal.
Commander Merchant vessel
Served with the US Navy during WWI. Tours, parties and a floating
classroom. Only WWI ship still in original configuration and
Greenport, Long Island
East End Seaport Maritime Museum
Foot of 3rd St., One Bootleg Alley
Phone: 516-477-2100 or -0004
May-Dec Fri-Sun 1300-1700
Summer Wed-Sun 1100-1700
The "Whisper Fleet", made up of private sailing yachts, was
organized here to be lookouts for U-boats near Long Island, New York.
King's Point, Long Island (near NYC)
American Merchant Marine Museum
US Merchant Marine Academy
Tue-Fri 1000-1530, Sat-Sun 1300-1630. Closed Federal holidays and July
Small museum on history since WWI.
Hudson River Maritime Center
1 Rondout Landing
Daily, May - Oct, 1100-1700
Mathilda Steam tug
Tug is from 1898. Various other vessels. They offer boat trips to the Rondout lighthouse in the summer.
North River Tugboat Restorations
Catawissa Ocean-going steam tug
Lake George Village
Not a museum per say, the Minne-ha-ha is a steam-powered
paddlewheel excursion vessel that sails on Lake George. The engine room
is enclosed in glass and the ship sports a steam calliope.
New York City, The Bronx, Fort Schuyler
Maritime Industry Museum
SUNY Maritime College
Mon-Sat 0900-1700, Sun 1300-1600, closed holidays
Empire State V Training ship
General Philip Schuyler Training tug
Evolution of seafaring and a history of the Merchant Marine. Both
vessels sail during the summer. Large scale model of Brooklyn Navy Yard
at the end of WWII.
New York City, Manhattan
American Museum of Immigration
Ferry from Battery Park or Liberty State Park in Jersey City
Lots of material - posters, postcards, photos, models - on various
ships which carried immigrants to the US. Most of the island is now in
New Jersey, but the museum part is in NY.
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Pier 88, West 46th and 12th
May 1 to Sep 30 Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1000-1800
Oct 1 to Apr 30 Wed-Sun 1000-1700
Admission fee, reduced for seniors, children, and serving military in uniform
Intrepid CV/CVA/CVS 11
Growler SSG 577
Lightship Frying Pan
Elizabeth M. Fisher Research/school ship
Flight deck and hanger hold large display of carrier aircraft, plus
an SR-71 (sans engines). Military vehicles and more planes on display
on pier. Museum inside carrier has wide range of displays, including
many models and a film on carrier operations. Billed as the World's
Largest Naval Museum. There is also a Concorde SST on a barge.
Frying Pan is privately owned.
Tamaroa, ex-Zuni WMEC 166, ex-ATF 95, US Coast Guard fleet tug
Nantucket Lightship has reportedly been moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Museum of the City of New York
103rd St & Park Ave
Wed-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1300-1700. Preregistered groups only Tue 1000-1400
Closed legal holidays
Admission free: suggested donations
Permanent display: Maritime New York - artifacts (some large), photos, models, paintings
South Street Seaport Museum
East side, just south of Brooklyn Bridge
Apr 1 - Sep 30: 1000-1800
Oct 1 - Mar 31: 1000-1700
Peking Square-rigged four-masted cargo sailing ship
Wavertree Square-rigged sailing ship
Lettie G. Howard Fishing schooner
Museum located right next to the fish market. Lots of shops and
restaurants, becoming yuppified. Tours of New York harbor available on
steamships and a schooner. Extensive galleries and collections. Ongoing
urban archaeology can be viewed nearby.
Seamen's Church Institute
(just north of South Street Seaport's Low Building Galleries)
Outstanding collection of ship models, though the times they are open can be irregular.
New York City, Staten Island
Staten Island Ferry Museum
St. George Ferry Terminal
New York City, Queens, Hyde Park
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library
Major collection of ship models and paintings that belonged to FDR
plus his personal book collection, as well as papers from when he was
Secretary of the Navy.
H. Lee White Marine Museum
Foot of W. First St. Pier
LT-5 Army tug
It has some interesting exhibits, especially on the War of 1812. The tug was previously know as the Major Elisha K. Henson, then the John F. Nash. They are currently fundraising to drydock her for repairs.
12 Market St.
Clearwater River sloop
This is the ship's dock, but she is usually sailing the Hudson River.
Erie Canal Village
5789 New London Rd.
Chief Engineer Canal packet
Re-created canal village.
Sag Harbor Whaling Museum
Main and Garden Streets
Erie Canal Museum
318 Erie Blvd. E
Housed in the only remaining canal weigh station in the world. Display includes replica canalboat in the weighlock.
West Sayville, Long Island
Suffolk Marine Museum
Two restored oyster sloops. Shell-fishing and recreational boating history.
Mid-June through Labor Day daily 1000-1600
Labor Daty to mid-October Sat 1000-1500, Sun 1200-1500
Early US naval history and commerce on Lake Champlain and the upper Hudson River.
North Carolina Maritime Museum
315 Front St.
Marine Corp Museum of the Carolinas
LSM 45 Landing ship
Ship moved from Nebraska.
Caswell-Nuese State Historical Site
Neuse Confederate ironclad ram
Elizabeth II State Historic Site
Replica of smallest of three ships that brought settlers to North Carolina in 1585.
Rodanthe, Hatteras Island
Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station
Beebe-Mcclellan type surfboat No. 1046
The boat was used in the 16 August 1918 rescue of the British tanker SS Mirlo.
Southport Maritime Museum
Covers the maritime history of the area. The museum is small,
located in a storefront in Southport. A fee of several dollars is
charged for admission. The museum is about a 40 minute drive south from
the BB North Carolina exhibit in Wilmington.
May 16 - Sep 15: 0800-2000 daily
Other times: 0800-1700 daily
North Carolina BB 55
Well done display, with a Living History crew.
New Hanover County Museum
814 Market St.
Emphasis on Civil War blockade and blockade-running.
Great Lakes Marine and US Coast Guard Memorial Museum
1071 Walnut Blvd.
Mike Fink Steam towboat
Now a restaurant
1001 E. 9th St. Pier
May Fri-Sat 1000-1700 Sun 1200-1700
Memorial Day to Labor Day Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700
Sep-Oct Fri-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700
William G. Mather Great Lakes bulk ore carrier
N. Marginal Road
Cod SS 224
Completely authentic example of a WW II fleet sub. Everything on
the sub is genuine WW II issue and there have been no modifications
done. Because of this, there are no stairs so access is by ladder. A
Navy cameraman who shot COLOR film of the Cod's last patrol, July-August, 1945, donated the film and his camera to the museum.
Front Street (?)
Converted lighthouse and keeper's
quarters. Pilot house of lake freighter.
Ohio River Museum
601 Second St.
W. P. Snyder. Jr. Steam towboat
Maritime and natural history of Ohio River.
Maritime Museum at Put-In Bay
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
Model version of the Niagara on display,
along with a section of ship's deck carrying naval-mounted cannon.
26 Main St.
Willis B. Boyer Lake freighter
Great Lakes Historical Society Museum
480 Main St.
Maritime history of the Great Lakes.
Catoosa (NE of Tulsa)
Arkansas River Historical Society Museum
5350 Cimarron Road, Port Authority building
Admission free, donations accepted
About the river's maritime history.
USS Batfish Park
Mar 15 - Oct 15, Mon-Sat 0900-1700; Oct 16 - Nov 30 Fri-Sun, weather permitting
Batfish AGSS 310
Museum is sub oriented.
Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Drive
Daily 0930-1700 except Christmas and Thanksgiving
Artifacts from battleship Oregon, the bridge of Knapp, DD 563,
'scopes and conn of Rasher, SS 269, local Indian canoes, Lewis and Clark
Mary D. Hume Steam tug
Apparently this vessel has sunk and no effort is planned to raise her.
Fort Stevens State Park Museum
Site of attack by Japanese sub I-25 during WWII. Photos and artifacts in display.
Hero Research vessel
Summer: Daily 1000-1700
Port Orford Head's Coast Guard Lifesaving Station
Oregon Maritime Center and Museum
113 SW Front Ave.
Portland Steam tug
Oregon's nautical history. Tug is steel-hulled sternwheeler. Along seawall across street.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 SE Water Ave., corner of SE Clay St.
Phone: 503-797-4600 or 800-955-6674
Daily 0930-?, closed Christmas
Blueback SS 581
Last diesel boat produced for the US Navy, once set a record for
crossing the Pacific Ocean underwater and was featured in the 1990 film
"The Hunt for Red October." The ship is being restored to near-working
condition by the Submarine Veterans Blueback Base, who are also adding
multimedia presentations (sound tapes and light shows). Children (and
adults) are allowed to touch much of the equipment.
Umpqua Discovery Center
409 Riverfront Way
Hero Research Vessel
Performed research in Antarctic waters.
Yaquina Bay State Park
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
May-Sep daily 1100-1700
Oct-Apr weekends 1200-1600
Lighthouse served 1871 to 1874
Hugh Moore Historical Park
200 South Delaware Dr.
Josiah White Canal boat
American canal history and technology. The White travels a restored section of the Lehigh Canal.
Erie Maritime Museum
150 E. Front St.
Niagara Sail barque
Perry's flagship on Great Lakes during War of 1812 - sort of.
Rebuilt from the keel up, with a small section of the original keel the
only remaining piece of the original.
Prow of steamship USS Michigan, later Wolverine, broken up in 1949.
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Ave., between South and Vine
Call for hours - different hours for different areas of the museum
Olympia CL 15, ex-Cruiser 6
Becuna SS 319
Olympia was Dewey's flagship at Battle of Manila Bay in Spanish American War, and is the last ship left from the "new Navy" of the 1890s. Note that 8 in. turrets are fabrications, as originals were replaced with open 5" mounts during WWI. She needs a major restoration.
Moshulu Maritime Exhibit
Moshulu Sailing ship
Served Germany as the Kurt during WWI, seized by US.
Philadelphia Maritime Museum
321 Chestnut St.
Maritime US history, 30 small boats, 10,000 artifacts.
Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild
Chestnut St. and Delaware Ave.
Gazela of Philadelphia Barkentine
Port of History Museum
Delaware Ave. and Spruce St.
Emphasis on Atlantic coast.
South American Passenger steamship
SS United States Superliner
Will be restored and returned to service by Norwegian Cruise Lines.
South of Philadelphia Naval Base
Carnegie Science Center
Requin AGSS/SSR 481
Willow Grove Naval Air Station
Many WWII and more recent aircraft, including P-2 Nepture, on static display.
Museum de Historia Militar y Naval de Puerto Rico
Naval de Puerto Rico, Fort Saint Gerome
Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame
One Burnside St.
Museum of Yachting
Fort Adams State Park
Shamrock V J boat
History of yachting, America's Cup and solo sailing. She takes on passengers during the summer, though it is very expensive.
International Yacht Restoration School
449 Thames St.
Phone: 401 848 5777
FAX: 401 842 0669
Coronet 167 ft grand Victorian yacht
Pre-12 meter America's Cup racing yacht
Cigarette 1920s high speed cabin cruiser
Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic wooden sailing and motor yachts.
Naval War College Museum
Coasters Harbor Island
Enter through Gate Number 1
Mon-Fri 1000-1600, Jun-Sep weekends also 1200-1600
Evolution and technology of sea warfare, including a history of the development of the torpedo in the US.
USS Saratoga Museum Foundation
USS Saratoga CV-60
B-77/K-77/U-484 Former Russian Project 651 (NATO code Juliett) sub
The sub was leased to a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures for the filming of "K-19: The Widowmaker".
Charles Towne Landing
1500 Old Towne Rd.
Adventure Ketch (replica)
Mt.Pleasant (near Charleston)
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
40 Patroits Point Road
Daily opens 0900-1830, last admission 1700, closed Christmas
Yorktown CV 10
Laffey DD 724
Clamagore SS 343
Ingham WHEC-35 (USCG Cutter)
Yorktown hosts the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum. Laffey survived 5 Kamikazes and 3 bombs in a single hour. Ingham served in the Atlantic in WWII on U-boat patrol.
NOTE: NS Savannah was moved to the James River Reserve Fleet.
The submersible CSS Hunley has been raised and is undergoing an archaeological examination. Here is one site about the work:
Battleship South Dakota Memorial
12th and Kiwanis Streets
Open all year
No admission fee
Displays items from and about the ship, including parts of her,
models of the ship and engines, objects from the Battle of Savo Island.
Very large scale Kingfisher model (4' wingspan).
A 16" gun barrel will shortly become part of the exhibits.
PT Boats, Inc.
Memorabilia of WWII PT Boats. Open by appointment only. The 2 PTs on display
at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA belong to PT Boats,Inc.
USS Tennessee Battleship Remembrance Museum
400 Scott High Drive, by Scott County High School
No admission fee
Dedicated to the battleship and her crew. Includes memorabilia from the ship,
including her bell.
Btw. Wolf and Mississippi rivers
Go by monorail
The River Walk: 30" to 1 mile scale model of Mississippi R. from Cairo, Ill. to the Gulf of Mexico
Mississippi River Museum: Rooms about: development of the river, pre-Columbian,
Spanish and French periods, the commercial periods before and after the
Civil War, the Civil War, the great floods, life along the river (the
musical history of the river has a room) and the modern era.
Each period has a room with boatmodels, all to the same scale,
ranging from flatbed canoes to modern towboats, with Spanish galleys,
stern and side wheelers, and at least one example of most if not all of
the Civil War belligerents gunboats and rams. Full scale model of the
fore half of a Union Navy Cairo class gunboat, built based on the lines
of the recovered vessel in Vicksburg. Full scale mock up of the fore
half of a sternwheeler at the height of the steamboat era. Small
Corpus Christi Museum
1900 North Chaparral
Primary exhibit is artifacts recovered from two Spanish ships wrecked in 1554.
Lexington on the Bay Museum
2914 N. Shoreline Blvd., Surfside exit of US 181
Phone: 512-888-4873 or 800-523-9539
Daily 0900-1700 except Christmas
Lexington CV/CVA/AVT 16
Displays include: WWII actions, aviation training.
Helo flights off the flight deck for an aerial tour of the Corpus Christi Bay area.
Also replicas of Columbus' ships - 2 at the museum in dry dock,
Santa Maria and Pinta under repair (damaged about 2 years ago by a
drifting barge), can be toured by museum visitors. Nina is moored at
the Marina and sails regularly. Ships purchased from Spain. $8 entry
fee to tour ships.
The Columbian ships are in trouble, and need work. They may be moved to Houston.
Pate Museum of Transportation
Chester Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War
HA-19 Japanese mini-sub
Ship sections, including the fire control area of a cruiser and the tower of USS Pintado,
SS 387. Display on famed Japanese battleship "Mikasa" from
Russo-Japanese war: while touring Japan after the war, Nimitz found the
ship in terrible condition, and had it set in concrete and made
suitable for display. The museum is housed in the restored Nimitz
Steamboat Hotel, built 1852.
Defenders of America Naval Museum
Houston Maritime Museum
Houston's Medical Center
Ask that visitors get here by 3:15pm, as tour takes about 45
minutes to an hour. Open to tour groups (including Sun and Mon) by
Also are home to meetings of the Gulf Coast Historical Ship Model Society.
Cavalla AGSS 244
Stewart DE 238
Self-guided tours. Nearby lies the wreckage of the concrete ship
Selma. The park is named after the sub Seawolf, lost during WWII.
Texas Seaport Museum
Iron hulled, built 1877.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum
20th Street at Harborside Drive
Phone: 409-766-STAR or 281-679-8040
Retired jackup drilling rig. History of offshore industry.
La Porte, Houston
San Jacinto Battleground Historical Complex
3527 Battleground Rd., off Texas Hwy 134
Daily 1000-1700, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day
Admission fee for adults, students, school groups; under 6 free
Texas BB 35
Self-guided tours. Recently restored. She still has her
triple-expansion steam engines, and is both a National Historical
Landmark and a National Civil Engineering Landmark. She is the only
remaining battleship, and possibly the only remaining warship, to have
served in both world wars.
Southeast Texas War Memorial
Gearing class, served in WWII and later in Turkish Navy.
Texas Maritime Museum
1202 Navigation Circle
Texas maritime history. Several Texas coastal workboats, including La Tortuga, a new-built "Texas scow sloop".
Texas Air Museum
Island of the LPH USS Iwo Jima
Phone: 802-985-3346 or 800-639-3840
Late May to late October: daily 1000-1700
Limited Winter schedule
Ticonderoga Passenger sidewheel steamer
Colchester Reef lighthouse. Boat is "dry-docked" on the lawn miles from any water it could float upon.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Basin Harbor Rd.
Revolutionary War museum. Replica of gunboat Philadelphia, plus numerous small boats.
Naval Surface Warfare Center
The Mariners' Museum
100 Museum Drive
Corner Warwick and J. Clyde Morris, exit 258-A off I-64
Phone: 1-800-581-SAIL (7245) or 757-596-2222
Daily 10-5, except Dec. 25 and Thanksgiving day
Artifacts from US Civil War ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia,
ex-USS Merrimac, including a full-scale replica of Monitor with parts
from the original emplaced, and a replica of the bow of the Virginia,
Shipmodels, scrimshaw, figureheads, working models of classic steam engines, small craft from around the world.
Research library contains over 75,000 volumes and 350,000 photos,
considered one of the finest in the world. It's open Mon-Sat 0900-1700
Newport News Shipbuilding
4101 Washington Ave
Phone: 757-380-2000 (Company phone)
Dorothy 1899 steam tug
Hampton Roads Naval Museum
Nauticus, The National Maritime Center
One Waterside Drive, on the Elizabeth River
Wisconsin BB 64
Displays on over two centuries of naval activity in and around the
harbor of Hampton Roads. Tour begins with Battle off the Virginia Capes
in 1781. Ship models, artwork and retrieved underwater naval artifacts.
Wisconsin is only open on the main deck. Admission is free, and
the ship can be reached without passing through the rest of the museum.
Note: On most weekends, one or two Navy ships at Norfolk offer
tours for visitors. For information call the Naval Base Tour and
Information Office at 804-444-8971.
Bay Towing Corp.
Small admission fee
Still in service.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
2 High St.
America's first naval shipyard. Lightship Portsmouth is nearby.
Museum of the Confederacy
Display on "The Confederate Navy".
US Marine Corp Air-Ground Museum
USMC Development & Education Command
Apr 1 to Nov 28, Tue-Sun
The Old Coast Guard Station and The Life-Saving Museum
24th St. and Atlantic Ave.
Tue-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700
Admission fee. Group rates available
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve and Day
Only existing life-saving station in Virginia. History of the Life-Saving service and Coast Guard.
Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery
Replicas of ships that brought colonists to Jamestown in 1607.
Yorktown Victory Center
Route 238 and Colonial Parkway
American Revolution, primarily naval victory at Yorktown.
309 Water Street
Interprets the story of the watermen of the lower Chesapeake Bay.
Models and full sized examples of the unique style boats used both
currently and historically, methods and tools used.
Gray's Harbor Historical Seaport
813 E. Heron St.
Lady Washington Brig
Lady is replica of first American ship to explore the Pacific Northwest. Working shipyard is part of museum.
R Avenue, foot of 7th Street
W.T. Preston Stern-wheel dredge/snagboat
Former US Army Corps of Engineers boat. Landed.
Whatcom Museum of History and Art
201 Prospect Street
H. C. Hanson Naval Architecture Collection
Life's work of naval architect Harold Hanson, including vessels for the Navy, Coast Guard, and Army, plus many civilian vessels.
300 Washington Beach Ave., moving to 508 Pacific Ave.
One block from Navy yard. Has photographs of shipyard over the
years, large model of an aircraft carrier with frames and plate of
clear plastic. and what may be the oldest existing cannon - a wooden
device from Korea.
Tours are NOT available of naval graveyard.
Bremerton Boardwalk, north of the Washington State Ferry Dock
Turner Joy DD 951
Nearby, on Columbia river
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Maritime museum - most northwesterly point Lewis and Clark reached.
Naval Undersea Museum
610 Dowell St. - follow signs in Keyport from Hwy 308
Trieste II DSV I
Adjacent to Navy torpedo test facility. Has models of support ships and boats. Also has actual research and rescue subs.
Fort Worden State Park
200 Battery Way
Phone: 360-385-4730 ext. 430
Coast artillery fort complex.
ex-Coast Guard Cutter 83527 83', built 1944
Jefferson County Historical Society
Museum and Research Library
540 Water Street
Mon-Sat 1100-1600, Sun 1300-1600
Museum and Library are closed to the public weekdays in January and February.
Admission fee, free for members
Located in Port Townsend's original City Hall building.
Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley St.
Boatbuilding shop, boat livery, display of many small boats. Hands-on.
Coast Guard Museum/Northwest
1519 Alaska Way S.
Collection of ship and boat models and uniforms of the U.S. Coast
Guard. Two high-endurance cutters and two icebreakers dock there, and
are part of the tour.
Submarine Attractions Inc
Foxtrot class SS
First streamlined ship, first commercial vessel equipped with radar. Being restored.
Odyssey Contemporary Maritime Museum
Sci/tech center, mostly for kids.
Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
2700 24th Avenue East
Part of Museum of History and Science
Relief Steam lightship
WestportWestport Maritime Museum
USS Barr WWII Collection
Mary F. Shipper Library
Potomac State College
Collection of memorabilia from USS Barr, named after Pvt. Woodrow Wilson Barr. Also memorabilia of Pvt. Barr himself, and other WWII displays.
Rumseian Experiment Steam-propelled vessel
1987 replica of 1787 vessel
Doors County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock
Hope Fishing tug
Seasonal museum, part of the museum in Sturgeon Bay (see below).
Wisconsin Maritime Museum
75 Maritime Drive
Admission fee, group rates
Cobia AGSS 245
Great Lakes maritime history. Cobia was recently cleaned and
repaired, and refurbished and repainted closer to her WWII appearance.
She represents 28 subs built in Manitowoc during WWII.
Milwaukee Maritime Center
(offshoot of Milwaukee Lake Schooner, Ltd.)
500 North Harbor Drive
Islay Great lakes tug
Oldest tug on the lakes. In the process of building a 99 ft long replica of an 1800's 3-masted lake schooner.
Meteor Whaleback freighter
The last whaleback ship in existence. Sailed the Great Lakes for many years.
Door County Maritime Museum
120 N. Madison Ave.
Daily: Memorial Day to Labor Day 0900-1800, 1000-1700 elsewhen
Artwork, history, models. A large display is dedicated to the raising of the ship George E. Humphrey.
Private museum off I-90/94.
PBR, sans engines and turrets