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

http://www.councilofamericanmaritimemuseums.org/
The Council of American Maritime Museums

http://www.mariner.org/
The Mariner's Museum in Newport News, VA

http://www.montereyhistory.org/maritime_museum.htm
The Monterey History and Art Association's Maritime Museum in Monterey, California

http://www.americanvictory.org/
The American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship; Florida

http://www.annapolismaritimemuseum.com/
The Annapolis Maritime Museum; Maryland

http://www.abm.org/
The Antique Boat Museum - a very nice website from New York

http://www.maritimemuseum.org/
The maritime museum of Biloxi, Mississippi was heavily hit by hurricane Katrina in 2005

http://www.battleshipcove.com/index.html
Battleship Cove displays five ships in Massachusetts

http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/
The Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland

http://www.capecodmaritimemuseum.org/
Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Massachusetts

http://www.cbmm.org/
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland

http://www.chittenangolandingcanalboatmuseum.com/
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum in New York

http://www.discoveryharbour.on.ca/
Discovery Harbour Historical Park in Ontario, Canada

http://www.dcmm.org/
Door County Maritime Museum and Lighthouse Preservation Society, Wisconsin (yes, Wisconsin)

http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Whitefish Point, Michigan

http://www.herreshoff.org/
Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, Rhode Island

http://www.hrmm.org/
Hudson River Maritime Museum in New York

http://www.inlandseas.org/
Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion, Ohio

http://www.lcmm.org/
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Basin Harbor, Vermont

http://limaritime.org/
Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, New York

http://www.lamaritimemuseum.org/
Los Angeles Maritime Museum San Pedro, California

http://www.bathmaine.com/
Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine

http://mmbc.bc.ca/
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia in Victoria, Canada

http://mqtmaritimemuseum.com/
The Marquette Maritime Museum in Michigan

http://michiganmaritimemuseum.org/
Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven, Michigan

http://minnesotamarineartmuseum.org/
Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota

http://www.mississippirivermuseum.com/
Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, Iowa

http://www.moy.org/
The Museum of Yachting in Newport, Rhode Island

http://www.mysticseaport.org/
The Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut

http://www.nantucketlifesavingmuseum.com/?/
The Nantucket Lifesaving Museum in Nantucket, Massachusetts

http://www.maritime.org/index.htm
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, California

http://naval.aviation.museum/
National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida

http://www.navalmuseum.ab.ca/
The Naval Museum of Alberta, Canada

http://www.nps.gov/nebe/
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford, Massachusetts

http://www.njnm.com/
New Jersey Naval Museum, New York

http://www.newnetherland.org/
New Netherland Museum of the Half Moon in Croton-on-Hudson, New York

http://www.nhnm.org/
Newport Habor Nautical Museum in Newport Beach, California

http://www.nobska.org/
New England Steamship Foundation in Massachusetts

http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/maritime/default.htm
North Carolina Maritime Museum

http://www.ody.org/
The Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center in Seattle, Washington

http://www.whalingmuseum.org/
The New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts

http://www.oregonmaritimemuseum.org/
The  Oregon Maritime Center and Museum in Portland, Oregon

http://www.pem.org/homepage/
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts

http://www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org/
The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine

http://www.pugetmaritime.org/
Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society in Seattle, Washington

http://www.paxmuseum.com/
The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, Maryland

http://www.rfmuseum.org/
The Reedville Fishermen's Museum in Reedville, Virginia

http://www.nps.gov/sama/
Salem Maritime National Historic Site  in Salem, Massachusetts

http://www.midway.org/
The San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, California

http://www.sdmaritime.com/
The San Diego Maritime Museum, California

http://www.nps.gov/safr/
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California

http://www.sbmm.org/
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, California

http://shelburnemuseum.com/
The Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont

http://www.webcom.com/~rudd/things/museum.html
The Southport Maritime Museum in Southport, North Carolina

http://www.southstseaport.org/
The South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan, New York

http://www.noblemaritime.org/
The Noble Maritime Collection in New York

http://www.tahoemaritimemuseum.org/
Tahoe Maritime Museum in Lake Tahoe, California

http://www.texasmaritimemuseum.org/
The Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport, Texas

http://www.tsm-elissa.org/
The Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston, Texas

http://www.tuckertonseaport.org/
Tuckerton Seaport in New Jersey, New York

http://www.chinalakemuseum.org/clmf/
The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology in China Lake, California

http://www.uss-salem.org/
United States Naval and Shipbuilding Museum in Quincy, Massachusetts

http://www.visitri.com/buspages/navy
The U.S. Naval War College Museum in Newport, Rhode Island

http://ussnautilus.org/
U.S. Navy Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut

http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/
The USS Constitution Museum in Boston, Massachusetts

http://www.westportwa.com/museum/
Westport Maritime Museum in Westport, Washington

http://wgmather.nhlink.net/
The Steamer William G. Mather Museum in Cleveland, Ohio

http://www.woodenboat.org/
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


 

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