Time to See for Yourself
  • The Maine State Museum is the Nation's Oldest

    Founded in 1836, the Maine State Museum is the America's oldest state museum. Follow the More link below to see the story of the museum's development, rise, fall, and rebirth (it happened many times!) in an article by Museum Director Bernard Fishman.**

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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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  • New Exhibit Features Rare Maliseet-Made Blanket Coat

    The museum's newest exhibition, "Beyond Boundaries: The World of the Capote," features a remarkable man's winter coat, known as a capote, dating from 1842. On public view for the first time, the capote, with moccasins and matching leggings, shows beautiful porcupine quill embroidery and dyed moose hair tassels bound with tinkling cones. The exhibit opening on Saturday, October 1, 2016 will include free admission all day. The exhibition will be on view for one year.

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What’s New

  • A New Way to Become a Friend of the MSM

    DONATE SECURELY ON-LINE TODAY! Enjoy the benefits of membership to YOUR Maine State Museum now! Friends of the MSM receive unlimited, free visits to the MSM, invitations to exhibit openings, special programs and events, and 10% off in the Museum Store. Friends receive insider museum information through e-mails and the newsletter, Broadside. Most important, the MSM is funded through a wonderful public and private partnership. Private support from people just like you is vital to bringing collections and exhibits to life. Support funds programming for all ages, is vital to collections care, and ensures the ability to bring new exhibits to life. BECOME A FRIEND AND BELONG TODAY! Simply click on the word MORE and you will be directed to a secure giving site.

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  • Major Grant from Sam L. Cohen Foundation Received for Upcoming Exhibition

    The museum has received a major grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation to support an exhibition about Maine's Jewish people, communities, and culture. The exhibition is set to open in mid-2018.

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