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Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center (GMHC)
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Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center (GMHC) was founded on the Gloucester waterfront in 1999 by is a grassroots nonprofit organization.
With a wide range of facilities, exhibits and learning opportunities, GMHC champions the preservation of Gloucester's maritime history and traditions. It also promotes the study of marine science and technology and stewardship for the ocean environment.
Check the website frequently for special family programs, camps, and events.
What to See & Do at Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
There's lots to explore at the GMHC!
Sea Pocket Lab
This outdoor aquarium/marine display features exhibits focusing on the plants and animals that populate Cape Ann coastal habitats. It also includes rocky shore and sandy shore tanks, a lobster tank, a clam flat, and several touch tanks where visitors can handle sea creatures.
The Sarah Fraser Robbins Marine Education Center
Using digital microscope assemblies, students who participate in GMHC's marine science education programs are introduced to live marine organisms.
Gorton's Seafoods Gallery
Chart your course to the Grand Banks. Try your hand at rope making. Experiment with the interactive marine railway model. Watch vintage film footage of fishing schooners at sea.
Diver Paul Harling's collection features equipment ranging from the homemade rig he used when he made his first dive in 1949 to contemporary helmets produced by Morse Diving, the oldest manufacturer of diving equipment.
Up until 2000, ice for the fishing industry was manufactured and stored in this cavernous building. Today it used for the maintenance, restoration and construction of wooden boats. GMHC boatbuilding classes are taught in the boathouse.
MIT Fin Fish Hatchery
Researchers from MIT use recirculating aquaculture technologies to grow commercially important marine species, exploring their potential for aquaculture production. MIT also hosts education programs and internships in aquaculture and marine ecology.
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Exhibit
You donít have to get wet or board a boat to explore New England's only marine sanctuary. This new exhibit uses video monitors, touch screen computers, and an illuminated 3-D model to explore the creatures who live there and the shipwrecks that lie on the seafloor.
Burnham Brothers Marine Railway
Built in 1847, this is the oldest continuously operating marine railway in the country. An interpretive display explaining how the railway hauls vessels up to 350 tons out of the water for repair and maintenance is located on the observation deck, which affords excellent views of the work taking place.
The mill building houses the machinery that runs the Burnham Brothers Railway. The mill building is a beautiful 19th century brick structure of historical significance. The basement houses the machinery that operates the railway. The street level floor houses the Dory Shop and connects to the observation deck, where visitors can watch the work taking place on the railway below.
May 22, 2010 thru October, 2010: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, seven days a week
$5/adults, $4/seniors, $2/children, $10/family maximum
23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA, 01930 map
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