66 Main Street (Rte. 133)
PO Box 277
Essex, Massachusetts 01929
Dr. David M. Driscoll, President
Indoor Exhibits Reopen April 2022.
Shipyard Open Dawn to Dusk
with QR codes to Guide You
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 our new website to explore our collection, purchase nautical items, maritime books, hats, T-shirts and more along with original fine art for sale!