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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  • Explore the Museum with Scavenger Hunts and Activity Guides

    Museum scavenger hunts and activity guides provide fun ways for school groups, families, and others to learn while exploring the museum together. Choose, download, and print your own guide to bring with you on your visit, or pick up one at the museum's Welcome Desk.

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  • Extraordinary 19th Century Illustrated Journal and Scrapbooks Now On-Line

    The journal and scrapbooks created by Bangor area "general business man, expert accountant, landscape gardener, rustic designer, and origin of Martins perfect waltz and march," John Martin (1823-1904), are now fully digitized, transcribed, and on-line at Maine Memory Network following years-long efforts by the Maine State Museum and Maine Historical Society, the joint owners of the volumes.

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What’s New

  • Deanna Bonner-Ganter Brings the Work of Photographer Kosti Ruohomaa to Special Events on April 30

    Retired museum curator Deanna Bonner-Ganter will give a talk and sign copies of her new book, "Kosti Ruohomaa: The Photographer Poet" during a special "Focus on Photography" day on Saturday, April 30. Bonner-Ganter's talk, "Kosti Ruohomaa: The Photographer Poet: Close to the Land, Close to the Sea," begins at 1:00 p.m., followed by the book signing from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The day's activities will also include fun, educational activities that explore the art of photography. Museum admission is free of charge all day.

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  • New Exhibit on Maine Gunsmiths Opens

    The museum's newest exhibit, "Inventors and Sportsmen: Maine Gunsmiths in the 1800s" introduces visitors to the arts of gunsmithing and invention in Maine's past. Featuring over 75 artifacts, including guns made by 22 Maine makers, the exhibition takes a look at the art of gunsmithing and the role played by inventive Maine gunsmiths in shaping hunting and outdoor sports, as well as America's system of manufacturing. The exhibit will be on view at the museum through April 1, 2017.

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