Maritime Museums, historic ships and archives

Historic ships, ancient ports and lighthouses or the maritime heritage in your local village - in many parts of the world you can find people proudly preserving and presenting their ties with the oceans.

Many of the world's great maritime museums have nice websites. Here I show a collection of links that I enjoyed and that might serve you as a guidance cue when it comes to planning your next trip to the coast.

Maritime Museums in the US and Canada
The Council of American Maritime Museums
The Mariner's Museum in Newport News, VA
The Monterey History and Art Association's Maritime Museum in Monterey, California
The American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship; Florida
The Annapolis Maritime Museum; Maryland
The Antique Boat Museum - a very nice website from New York
The maritime museum of Biloxi, Mississippi was heavily hit by hurricane Katrina in 2005
Battleship Cove displays five ships in Massachusetts
The Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland
Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Massachusetts
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum in New York
Discovery Harbour Historical Park in Ontario, Canada
Door County Maritime Museum and Lighthouse Preservation Society, Wisconsin (yes, Wisconsin)
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Whitefish Point, Michigan
Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, Rhode Island
Hudson River Maritime Museum in New York
Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion, Ohio
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Basin Harbor, Vermont
Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, New York
Los Angeles Maritime Museum San Pedro, California
Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia in Victoria, Canada
The Marquette Maritime Museum in Michigan
Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven, Michigan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota
Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, Iowa
The Museum of Yachting in Newport, Rhode Island
The Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut
The Nantucket Lifesaving Museum in Nantucket, Massachusetts
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, California
National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida
The Naval Museum of Alberta, Canada
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford, Massachusetts
New Jersey Naval Museum, New York
New Netherland Museum of the Half Moon in Croton-on-Hudson, New York
Newport Habor Nautical Museum in Newport Beach, California
New England Steamship Foundation in Massachusetts
North Carolina Maritime Museum
The Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center in Seattle, Washington
The New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts
The  Oregon Maritime Center and Museum in Portland, Oregon
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts
The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine
Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society in Seattle, Washington
The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, Maryland
The Reedville Fishermen's Museum in Reedville, Virginia
Salem Maritime National Historic Site  in Salem, Massachusetts
The San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, California
The San Diego Maritime Museum, California
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, California
The Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
The Southport Maritime Museum in Southport, North Carolina
The South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan, New York
The Noble Maritime Collection in New York
Tahoe Maritime Museum in Lake Tahoe, California
The Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport, Texas
The Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston, Texas
Tuckerton Seaport in New Jersey, New York
The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology in China Lake, California
United States Naval and Shipbuilding Museum in Quincy, Massachusetts
The U.S. Naval War College Museum in Newport, Rhode Island
U.S. Navy Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut
The USS Constitution Museum in Boston, Massachusetts
Westport Maritime Museum in Westport, Washington
The Steamer William G. Mather Museum in Cleveland, Ohio
The Wooden Boat Foundation in Port Townsend, Washington


Further Reading

Back to "directory"

History of Sailing Part I and Part II

Maritime Museums in Britian and Ireland

Maritime Museums in other countries

Naval Paintings by J. M. W. Turner