Essex Shipbuilding Museum


This museum tells the story of the town’s shipbuilding industry, which produced approximately 4,000 wooden-hulled ships between 1650 and 1950. Exhibits include photos, plans, half-hull and fully rigged models, tools, construction techniques, and hands-on displays at the original shipyard. If you take the tour you’ll see a video about traditional shipbuilding and learn first-hand about what is required to craft a seaworthy vessel. A gift shop sells everything for the secret sailor inside of you.


66 Main St.
Essex, Massachusetts 01929


42.63219300, -70.77908000

Open Hours

Apr.--Memorial Day: weekends 10--5. Memorial Day--Columbus Day: Wed.--Sun. 10--5. Columbus Day--Dec.: weekends 10--5.
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(978) 768-7541

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