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. Located in the old Essex Central School House, built in 1835, the Museum is adjacent to an acre of land set aside in 1668 for a shipyard, which is integral to the town’s historic character. The Museum’s collections contain over 7000 rare shipbuilding artifacts, photographs, tools, documents, builder’s half-models, rigged ship models, and the schooner Evelina M. Goulart. Many all of these items have come from attics, basements and barns in Essex.


66 Main Street Essex, MA 1929

Driving Directions

From the North: I-95 South to Rt. 133 Exit. Left at ramp to Ipswich. 133 merges with 1-A. South of Ipswich, take left for 133 Essex. Museum and Shipyard are on left just after intersection of 133 and 22. From the South: I-95 North. At fork bear left for Rt. 128 Gloucester. Take Exit 15, School Street, Manchester/Essex. Turn left, School Street becomes Southern Avenue. Take Left onto 133. Shipyard and Museum are on right after causeway and bridge.

Notes & Advisories


  • Historic Resources
  • Museums


  • Accessible/ Wheelchair or Stroller Accommodating
  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Parking Available
  • Restrooms Available