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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.

Summer Exhibit in our Orientation Center

Opening Saturday, June 7th 10:30 AM

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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.


Summer Special - Discounted Sails on the Schooner Ardelle on Tuesday Evenings

MUSEUM MEMBERS CAN PURCHASE TICKETS TO SAIL ABOARD HAROLD BURNHAM's ESSEX-BUILT SCHOONER, THE ARDELLE, FOR $20 on Tuesday evenings this summer.  Visit www.schoonerardelle.com and select tickets for Tuesday evening sail, 6-8 pm.  Choose "member tickets" as an option and you will be charged $20 per person.  Thank you to Harold Burnham and The Schooner Ardelle for their generous discount!  

For a Unique Sailing Experience, Sail with Essex Shipbuilding Museum Tour Guide and Expert on local Gloucester History and the Working Waterfront, Justin Demetri, on Wednesday, July 30th at 6:00 pm and again on Wednesday, August 20th at 6:00 pm.  Tickets available at www.schoonerardelle.com