Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Essex Shipbuilding Museum information

Ipswich & Essex , USA
66 Main St
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guided tour adult/child $10/5, self-guided tour $7
Opening hours
10am-5pm Wed-Sun Jun-Oct, Sat & Sun Nov-May
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This unique museum was established in 1976 as a local repository for all of the shipbuilding artifacts of Essex residents. The fascinating collections of photos, tools and ship models came from local basements and attics, allowing the village to preserve its history. Most of the collections are housed in the town's 1835 schoolhouse (check out the Old Burying Ground behind it). Docents are well informed and passionate about local history.

The historical society also operates the Waterline Center in the museum shipyard, a section of waterfront property where shipbuilding activities have taken place for hundreds of years (and still do!). The historic Essex-built schooner Evelina M Goulart is moored here.