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