Discovery Wharf

Maine Marine Museum

Now Open for 2024 Summer!

Through interactive exhibits, hands-on learning, and engaging storytelling, we welcome visitors to explore the interconnectedness of Maine’s coastal fisheries and ecosystems at our on-site Maine Marine Museum, Discovery Wharf.

Interactive Exhibits

Connect with Maine’s most beloved and critically important creatures in our marine touch-tank, learn how a lobster trap works, or experience commercial fishing through virtual reality - Discovery Wharf has exhibits of all sizes and abilities, with many new exhibits new for 2024!

Seasoned Guides

Equipped with a lifetime of experience from commercial fishing, or a deep connection to Maine's coast, Discovery Wharf staff are here to guide you through our exhibits, pass-along their knowledge, and share engaging stories that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Stonington, Maine

Sitting over Stonington Harbor, Maine's highest lobster landing port, Discovery Wharf is located in the perfect place to directly connect the knowledge gained and experiences had inside our center with the fishing-dependent communities right outside our doors.


In the heart of Stonington harbor, Maine’s highest lobster landings port, fisheries come alive at 13 Atlantic Avenue at our on-site interpretive center and Maine Marine Museum, Discovery Wharf. From local school groups to visitors near and far, we offer a get-your-hands-wet opportunity to engage with and learn about local fisheries and the Gulf of Maine marine ecosystem.

MCCF’s Discovery Wharf serves people of all ages, race and abilities. It provides thousands of visitors from across the USA and beyond with a variety of interactive experiences ranging from hands-on learnings about various sea creatures in our touch tank, to the first­ hand stories about life on the sea by our Captain Leroy Weed, to the virtual reality experiences of being on a lobster boat or in a river filled with migrating alewives. 

We strive to ensure that every visitor learns something new about Maine’s coastal fisheries, the natural environment supporting the fisheries and MCCF’s work to sustain these important resources and support our coastal communities.  Discovery Wharf provides a positive and memorable experience for all visitors, so please plan to make us part of your summer 2024 plans, you won’t regret it.

Updates & "In The News"

Discovery Wharf at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries is Expanding

What Did You Think? We want to hear about your experience visiting Discovery Wharf. Let us know how we did by leaving a review on TripAdvisor.

Great experience

"We just happened to stumble across this place while checking out the docks. We are so happy we went !! We learned so much & really enjoyed Leroy's company. It was super cool to see a BLUE lobster that I didn't even know existed."

Carol F.
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A Treasure to Experience

"What is billed as a science and education center proved that and much more as we were hosted by lobsterman Mr. Leroy Weed. He has been fishing for the last 70 years! He entertained and educated our family with lessons from his many years on the sea - about living, love, family and community. As I think back over our week in Maine, our visit to Discovery Wharf sharing time together with Leroy was a highlight"

Jason M
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Must see!

"Small but very interesting place to visit. Mike was friendly, funny, extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Great for all ages."

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Such a neat little spot

"I love scallops and never knew where they came from or looked like in the ocean. I do now!"

Jen C
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Best people ever!

"Leroy was the best!... He showed us clams, crabs, different fish and one male and one female lobster. He taught our daughter how to hold a lobster too. He showed us how a lobster trap works, and shared a lot of information about lobstering including what is being done to ensure to keep lobsters around for future generations...if you decide to go, I suggest that you to make a donation to this wonderful non-profit."

Austin T.
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Great experience, very helpful staff

"Very much enjoyed our visit to the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. Staff was warm and welcoming and led us through an interesting discussion about their mission to protect and secure the future of Maine fishing communities. Interactive exhibits and well designed information made this an enjoyable visit. A good stop for all ages and a perfect rainy day activity."

JC Meg
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This is a wonderful little stop

"Not a big museum, but a very doable exhibit that is entertaining and very enjoyable."

Steve R
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Interactive Fun

"The staff was so ready to help kids explore the touch tank and try out the VR. We are so thankful for this addition to the Stonington community."

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13 Atlantic Ave
Stonington, ME 04681

Contact us

Phone: (207) 367-2708

Hours (2024)

Tues – Sat 10AM – 4PM

Reservations are not required.

Suggested donations

Discovery Wharf is free and open to the public, however donations are always gratefully appreciated.