Family Toy Boat Building


EVERY SUNDAY, February 12 ‘ March 5



66 Main Street, Essex, MA


Back by popular demand! Let’s build wooden a boat! Choose a lobster boat, tugboat, or schooner design, then work at our Kid’s Bench to build and rig your boat under the supervision of museum staff. After a stop at the paint station, give your boat a sea trial in our large water tank. The boats make a great souvenir to take home ‘ and explore new worlds in the bathtub! Parents must be accompanied by a child aged 3-10. Fee is $15 per child/boat. Juice and snacks provided.

About the Essex Shipbuilding Museum

The Essex 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. Preserving the history of the wooden shipbuilding industry, an integral part of the economy and culture in New England and the United States since the 1630’s, the Museum maintains one of the best maritime collections in the region. Museum projects have built or interpreted schooners, Chebacco boats, sailing lighters, dories and privateers. The last intact American fishing schooner, the Evelina M. Goulart is currently being preserved and documented. Innovative, experiential educational programs teach concepts through a rich mix of content knowledge and hands-on activities for children, adults, seniors and educators from around the world. Located in the heart of Essex, Massachusetts and integral to the town’s historic character, scenic vista and river basin, the Museum features antique shipbuilding tools, photographs, documents, and exhibits portraying the shipbuilding industry. Tours include video presentations and hands-on activities. A gift shop offers ship plans, maritime books, and other nautical memorabilia. For current events, exhibits and programs, please call 978-768-7541.