Fun and learning are combined at Downeaster Days at Penobscot Marine Museum.

During the week-long summer programs, various activities are offered daily for youth 5-11, including ceramics, photography, special guests, games, a field trip, and birthday party to celebrate the museum’s 75th anniversary.

The museum’s Education Department, recognized statewide for its innovative, hands-on and experiential programs that seamlessly combine learning with fun activities, runs the six-year program.

Children will explore photography, pottery and history with cameras, clay and other materials. The “Mudmobile,” a traveling pottery studio will be part of the mix, as will a field trip to Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, where children can board boats and ships to learn about the maritime world.

Downeaster Days sessions run Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Openings are available for children 5-7 the weeks of July 11-15 and July 18-22. The July 25-29 session is for children 8-11. The Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 8-12 sessions are for youth 5-11.

Financial aid is available. For more information, visit or contact Education Coordinator Susan Henkel at or 207-548-2529, ext. 202.

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, the museum opens for theseason May 27.