Scituate, Massachusetts: Irish Mossing Museum

Despite its name, this museum has nothing to do with mossing in Ireland. It's about the history of harvesting Irish Moss -- a red seaweed -- off the coast of Scituate. Also: shipwrecks!

Address:
301 Driftway, Scituate, MA
Directions:
Hwy 3 exit 13. Drive north on Hwy 53 for a half-mile. At the light turn right (east) onto Hwy 123. Drive about six miles. At the end of the highway (a traffic circle) take the second exit onto Driftway. The museum will be about a half-mile ahead, on the right.
Hours:
Sa-Su 1-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
781-545-5565
Admission:
Adults $4.
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Irish Mossing Museum.

Irish Mossing Museum

The Maritime and Irish Mossing museum shows the history of harvesting Irish Moss, a seaweed with a thickening agent that is used in toothpaste, ice cream, medicine, and industrial products. For a century it was only harvested in Scituate. In addition, the museum has displays about the many shipwrecks along the Massachusetts coast. The people who run this place are very friendly.

[Bill La Civita, 07/28/2013]

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