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At the Essex Shipbuilding Museum you can still experience New England work ethics, attitudes and values that have much to teach us today.

Our web site describes our offerings and services for educational discovery, for tours and for visitors, but only a visit can give you the authentic experience of a remarkable New England village. There is always something new happening here!

In addition to visiting, volunteering is a very rewarding part of our museum's strength. Many volunteers with a wide variety and level of skills are engaged in many new facets of our museum. Contact the Museum for current  opportunities.


13th Annual Fall Fundraiser:  Wine Tasting and Auction - October 3, 2014 7:00 - 9:30 pm - Hosted by Chebacco Market, Tim Hopkins Catering and the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum at the Waterline Center, Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main Street, Essex, MA 

Live and Silent Auctions, Cookies from Lark Fine Foods, Wine and other Libations to Sample -  Admission $25.00

Visiting the Museum

There are a number of ways that you can visit the Museum. Both individual and group tours, including school groups, are available. Unlike museums with a one size fits all format, the tours can be tailored to your particular interests. In addition to tours there are opportunities for scholars to access the extensive collections.