Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor

Explore the vibrant history and characters of the Champlain Valley. View a large collection of original small watercraft built over the last 150 years. Learn about the largest collection of wooden shipwrecks in North America and talk to archaeological conservators in our Nautical Archaeology Center. Step back in time as you climb aboard the 54' square-rigged Revolutionary War gunboat replica Philadelphia II and learn about the life of citizen soldiers in the Champlain Valley in 1776. Watch craftsmen continue traditional maritime skills of boat building and blacksmithing. Please call or visit our website for more information.

In 2021 the museum will install two new exhibits onsite and online. “Prohibition in the Champlain Valley” and “Lake Health” will bring together stories from the region’s history, archaeology, and ecology. These new exhibits will explore the complex relationships between government and individuals, examine the natural and man-made threats to the lake, and inspire action and present-day connections. In addition, other outside exhibits and experiences at the museum include “Women at the Helm,” “Maritime History on Display,” the museum’s replica Revolutionary War gunboat Philadelphia II displayed “on the hard” on the museum grounds, and the replica canal schooner Lois McClure docked in North Harbor for the 2021 season. Visitors can step aboard the Lois McClure every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  

“Lake Champlain Maritime Museum tells the stories of the Champlain Valley in a way that encourages visitors to look to the past and see what is possible for the future” said executive director Susan Evans McClure. “We want people to see Lake Champlain as their lake, and we are committed to removing barriers that prevent people from accessing this history, their lake, and the museum.”

 The Museum will be open daily 10 am - 4 pm, from May 22–Oct. 17 featuring new all-outside exhibits, self-guided tours, and more.
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