Penobscot Marine Museum has scheduled Spring Cleanup and Volunteer Day on Saturday, May 14.

Volunteers will work alongside others to help prepare the museum for the opening of its 75th year. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and participants will learn about long-term volunteer positions in many departments.

“It will be a day of good fun and productive work,” said Bob Holtzman, PMM volunteer coordinator. “Folks should come prepared to work hard, get dirty and meet others who support one of the Midcoast’s premier cultural institutions.”

Depending upon the weather, workers may help prepare the grounds and gardens, clean interior areas, prep woodwork for painting, change light bulbs, move boats and other heavy objects, and work on “roughly 536 other projects,” according to Holtzman, who urged people to bring rakes, brooms, rags, buckets, paint scrapers, step ladders, pickup trucks, and anything else that might come in handy.

The event, which starts with free breakfast at 8:30 a.m., runs until 4 p.m. Lunch will be served and renowned boat-builder Ralph Stanley and friends will provide live music. Museum staff will discuss opportunities for volunteers in several departments, including administration, library/archives, curatorial, education, marketing and visitor services.

Individuals who wish to participate are requested but not required to pre-register. Scout groups, service organizations, and businesses with service programs are especially encouraged to register. Contact Holtzman at 207-548-2529, ext.208 or

Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum and home to outstanding collections of historic boats, photography, marine art and artifacts, ship models and 19th-century furnishings and architecture. Located on Route 1, it will open for the season Friday, May 27. Admission is free for Searsport residents. For more information, visit or call 207-548-2529.