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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.

Coming up September 27, 2014:

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Essex Living History Burial Ground Tour: 
September 14, 2014 1:00 - 5:00pm 
Come to the ancient burial ground for the opportunity to visit with some of its prominent citizens and even a notorious one. This interactive event with character re-enactors will take you back in time for an entertaining and enlightening experience. On September 14th, join grave robbers to revolutionary war heroes at the Old Burial Ground in Essex on Main Street. If you’ve attended in the past, we have added Madame Varney to the cast and Wesley Burnham has some new stories to share.  Tours run continuously between 1 – 5pm. Last tour leaves at 4pm. Refreshments will be served at the end of the tour. Admission: $12 adults, $6 students ($2 discount if you bring a ticket stub/proof of Essex event participation same weekend). Rain date September 21st. If raining, check the website on day of event. After the tour you are welcome to tour the museum. 
Event held at Old Burial Ground 28 Main St., Essex, MA 01929  

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!