Time to See for Yourself
  • Stunning Mount Mica Specimens Shown in Exhibit

    Fourteen exceptional specimens, including many tourmaline crystals, are now featured in a new exhibit in the museum's "Back to Nature" area. Most of the specimens are on public view for the first time. All were recovered from Oxford County's Mount Mica by Coromoto Minerals, LLC which has lent the specimens to the museum.

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  • Bug Maine-ia is on the Way!

    This year's ever-popular Bug Maine-ia event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10. School students from all over Maine will gather at the museum between 9 am and 3 pm to experience the wonderful world of insects first-hand and hands-on. Click on More below to go to the Bug Maine-ia and Maine Earth Science Day reservation form and plan to join the fun!

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  • "Maine Voices from the Civil War" Commemorates Sesquicentennial

    The museum's exhibition, "Maine Voices from the Civil War," features objects, quotes, and images from Maine people statewide about their war experiences, both at home and on the battlefield, 150 years ago.

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What’s New

  • New Exhibit Marks 100th Anniversary of Extinction of Passenger Pigeon

    With a new display in the "Back to Nature" exhibit, the Maine State Museum is marking the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Featured in the display are two rare and well-preserved passenger pigeon specimens, eggs, and a beautiful 1850s painting of a passenger pigeon that was recently transferred to the museum from the Northern Maine Museum of Science at the University of Maine -- Presque Isle.

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  • Major Upgrade to Museum Collections Storage Underway

    Museum staff, contractors, and volunteers are well along in a major collections move and storage facility upgrade. The move will result in a consolidation and reorganization of collections, as well as the installation of new compacting storage units. During the project, which will last throughout much of 2014, collections will be unavailable for study and loan. Researchers should contact the museum's curators for additional information.

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