COVID-19 Info

At Maritime Gloucester we put a lot of thought into our reopening procedure and what services we can safely offer the public. Having been closed for the pandemic during this past year has reduced our operational capacity. We request that all visitors wear a mask while inside our store and museum- we feel this is the best  way to help keep our most vulnerable visitors and staff safe while visiting us. 


We will update you here and on social media regarding our further reopening stages. Please contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.  

Things To Do When You Visit Our Public Access Waterfront

  • Take a walk on the Harriet Webster Wharf -  Named after our first Executive Director, this wooden pile timber wharf extends 200 feet out into Gloucester Harbor. From here, visitors have a great viewing perch to watch draggers, trawlers, lobster boats, and pleasure boats in the harbor. 

  • Visit our Marine Rail Way - Maritime Gloucester features the oldest continuously operating marine railway in the country. Check out a boat on the rails. At low tide, see the old wooden support structures that lead into the harbor. Ask for one of our staff or site interpreters about the rich history of schooner repairs on this cherished site. The railway was built in 1849-1850 by Crandall Dry Dock

  • Take a sail on the Schooner Ardelle  The Ardelle is a 49-passenger traditionally built, 55' pinky schooner built and operated by Captain Harold Burnham. Captain Burnham was recently named a National Heritage Fellow, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The Schooner Ardelle is the Flagship of Maritime Gloucester and we proudly use her for our educational programming. The Schooner Ardelle is currently sailing with a charter schedule. Booking information is available at 

  • See the Schooner Adventure -  A National Historic Landmark, and the flagship vessel of Gloucester, this knockabout schooner, built in 1926, is one of the last remaining traditional wooden schooners built in Essex in the early 20th century.  

  • The Dory Shop -  Often active with students, friends, and visitors checking in with heritage dory builder and fisherman Geno Mondello. He builds sailing and rowing dories from scratch in his woodworking shop and his observation deck offers a comfortable spot to relax and check out the working waterfront.