Maine Maritime Museum is Celebrating Summer with free admission from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

There will be many activities and exhibits including sea shanty sing-a-longs, pirate tales, shipyard tours, boatshop activities, face painting, games and crafts. There is also a new exhibit: ”Mariner Made: Folk Art by Those Who Went to Sea.”
At noon the new Play Ship will be christened and the winning entry for the ship’s name will be announced. The Play Ship is a place where kids can pull on the lines, set the sails, see what the ropes do and experience what it’s like to work a real ship. She has cannons and a ship’s bell, signal flags to hoist and a wheel for steering.
The museum is located at 243 Washington St. and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Admission is free for members with general admission charged for others. Call 443-1316 or go to more information.

Rufus Porter Museum has opened for the season

The Rufus Porter Museum has opened for its fourth season and expects a high volume of visitors. In addition to the volunteer docents, a staff assistant, Tashia Dare of Lawrence, Kan., and three student interns will work at the museum this year.

The Rufus Porter Museum is located at 67 North High St. and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until Oct. 12. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students, and groups of more than 15. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Bus tours and groups are welcome by advance arrangement.

Call 647-2828 for more information. The Web site is

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