The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum serves as a regional repository where collections that reflect the maritime heritage of the Champlain Valley can be preserved, interpreted and shared.
The Shipyard at Burlington
At the shipyard you can watch, or lend a hand, as experienced
craftsmen and volunteers fashion timber, iron, cotton and canvas into
a working schooner. There are interesting exhibits and hands-on activities
for everyone. There are courses and workshops offered in boat building
and traditional maritime skills.
The schooner will be named in honor of Lois McClure,
who along with her husband Mac, has been a major contributor to this
and many other worthy community projects in the greater Burlington area.
Discover why Lake Champlain is considered the most historic body of water in North America. Explore vibrant history and characters of the Champlain Valley through its military, commercial and recreational periods. 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 archeological conservators in our Nautical Archeology 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 boatbuilding and blacksmithing in our working shops. Museum store, childrens playground, picnic area on site. Red Mill restaurant next door.
All tours are self guided allowing visitors to explore at their own pace. Take advantage of one of the many scheduled demonstrations available throughout the days.
Our rich maritime heritage is brought to life through a large collection of original, small watercraft built in the region over the past 150 years. Watch boat building in progress in our modern Boat Shop. Learn the art of traditional boat building and maritime related crafts, blacksmithing, basketry, and photography in week long and one or two day workshops.
Imagine what life was like in 1776 as your walk the decks of the 54' square-rigged Revolutionary War gunboat replica Philadelphia II on exhibit, rigged, armed, and afloat in the museum's North Harbor. Learn about the naval defense of Lake Champlain and 18th century boat building in a special exhibit, "The Revolutionary War in the Champlain Valley."
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Saranac Lake, New York 12983
Phone: 518-891-3745 Fax: 518-891-3768