Time to See for Yourself
  • New Exhibit Features Photography of Kosti Ruohomaa

    Rockland-based photographer Kosti Ruohomaa (1913-1961) worked as a magazine photojournalist during the peak of pictorial news and feature publishing in the 1940s and 1950s. The Maine State Museum's exhibit marks the first time that selected Ruohomaa images, scrapbooks, and vintage magazines from the museum's collection have been shown together to explore the Maine-inspired artistry of this gifted Finnish-American photographer.

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  • Bug Maine-ia and Maine Earth Science Day Headline Upcoming Fall Events

    Plans are in full swing for the museum's two fabulous, hands-on science education events, Bug Maine-ia and Maine Earth Science Day. Bug Maine-ia will be held on Tuesday, September 15 and Maine Earth Science Day will follow on Thursday, October 15. Make reservations to attend and join in the learning and fun! Free museum admission all day both days!

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  • "Maine Voices from the Civil War" to Close on September 5, 2015

    Only a short time remains to see the museum's popular exhibition, "Maine Voices from the Civil War," which will close at the end of the day on Saturday, September 5. The exhibit honors the Civil War's sesquicentennial and , features objects, quotes, and images from Maine people about their war experiences, both at home and on the battlefield.

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What’s New

  • New Exhibit Kindles Memories of Samantha Smith and Her Trip to the Soviet Union in 1983

    The museum's newest exhibit, on display in the lobby outside the museum entrance, highlights photographs from Maine schoolgirl Samantha Smith's 1983 visit to the Soviet Union at the invitation of then-Soviet president Yuri Andropov. The exhibit will be on view through October 2015. Learn more about Samantha Smith and see clips of the exhibit's media coverage by following the More link below.

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  • New Research Published on "The Museum that Would not Die"

    "Ups and Downs." "Twists and Turns." "Nine Lives." Any one of these terms could be the subtitle to Museum Director Bernard Fishman's recent published article, "The Museum that Would not Die: The Strange Persistence of the Maine State Museum," about the museum's colorful history. Follow the "More" link below to read all about it!

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