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Maritime Gloucester is a multi-building attraction on Gloucester’s working waterfront. Visitors to the museum can explore the Sea Pocket Aquarium; a gallery featuring schooners, fishing, maritime innovation, marine heroes, and boat building exhibits; and an interactive exhibit providing images, video, audio and real-time data access to the marine life and unique features of the 842 square mile marine plateau that sits between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. Maritime Gloucester features the oldest continuously operating marine railway in the country, and schooners provide opportunities to go out on public sails. There is a museum shop on the premises.
This pass allows FREE family admission.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from the giant Pacific octopus to Northern fur seals to little blue penguins. They offer a wide range of exhibits, including a shark and ray touch tank and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef featuring hundreds of Caribbean animals. In addition, they have an IMAX theatre and run whale watch boat excursions in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises from April through November.
Each pass admits up to 4 people at $10 per person.
Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum grew out of the collection of East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains whose charter called for acquisition of “natural and artificial curiosities.” Its permanent collection contains art and artifacts of Africa, Asia, India, China (with a Qing Dynasty house brought from the Huizhou region), Japan, Korea, Pacific Islands, and features objects of maritime art and history that include paintings, drawings, ship models, marine decorative arts, tools, weapons, navigational instruments, and ship and yacht plans. It also has a thriving changing exhibition schedule that sometimes includes important traveling shows.
Pass allows 2 adults for $6 each on weekdays or $12 each on weekends.
The USS Constitution Museum
The museum, a part of the Boston National Historical Park, is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard near the ship USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) at the end of Boston’s Freedom Trail. The museum provides a detailed look at the history of the ship, information about the war of 1812, and the battle between the ship and HMS Java. Stories are told through interactive exhibits, unique artifacts, archival records, and artwork. The museum also includes a research library which houses a strong collection of manuscripts, books, artifacts, and microfilm of primary source material. The ship itself is maintained by the US Navy, and may be visited free of charge on certain days. (Check website for schedule.)
Each pass admits up to 9 people for free.