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66 Main Street (Rte. 133)
PO Box 277
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-7541
Dr. David M. Driscoll, President

Temporarily Closed to Visitors During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum tells the extraordinary story of a small New England village that built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than any other place in the world. Shipbuilding in Essex began before 1668. By 1849 as many as 15 shipyards were producing over 50 vessels a year. In all, more than 4,000 wooden vessels had been launched into the Essex River.

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Visit the museum for individual and group tours, hands-on exhibits, boat building classes, maritime-related lectures and fun community events. In our gift shop, find nautical items, maritime books, hats, T-shirts, videos and more!


The Official Visitors Site for the Town of Essex, Massachusetts

Town of Essex, MA
Cape Ann, Massachusetts
North of Boston
Massacusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

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