66 Main Street (Rte. 133)
PO Box 277
Essex, Massachusetts 01929
Dr. David M. Driscoll, President
Exhibits and Tours Reopen in Spring 2024.
Programs, Education & Events Continue in the Off Season.
Hours subject to change. Contact the museum to confirm.
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.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new brand identity! Check out the new merch with our new logo–a bold, contemporary look that reflects the iconic Schooner Columbia, built here at the Arthur D. Story shipyard in 1923.