The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum is a well-respected destination that engages visitors in hands-on learning activities and museum tours which celebrate the maritime heritage of Essex. This unique facility interprets maritime history through innovative educational programs, museum collections and Essex shipbuilders.


The Mission of the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum is to provide a center for education, preservation, and study of traditional Essex shipbuilding and the community that supported it.  We value the skills, creativity, learning abilities, and connectedness to their environment of the Essex shipbuilders, and we believe that building a clear understanding and appreciation of their unique craftsmanship serves as a valuable model for us today.