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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  • Museum Observes Year of the Passenger Pigeon with Special Exhibit

    2014 is the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon in North America and the final step in this once abundant species' extinction. In a new display, the museum explores the amazing path of the bird's demise as it was observed and experienced by Maine people. Click on More below to get additional information and come see the new exhibit!

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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. "Maine Voices from the Civil War" will be on view through September 5, 2015.

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What’s New

  • Important Civil War Quilt Added to Museum Collection

    A soldier's quilt made in 1864 by a group of young women from Portland is the latest addition to the museum's excellent quilt collection. The quilt, featuring 68**squares inscribed with patriotic sayings, poetry, and**Bible verses, is currently on exhibit in the museum's "At Home in Maine" exhibition.

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  • Friends of the Maine State Museum Lecture Series Continues on March 11 with "The Giants of Maine"

    The 2015 Friends of the Maine State Museum lecture series, "Treasures of Maine's Natural History at the Maine State Museum," continues on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 pm with a presentation by Paula Work, registrar and curator of biology at the Maine State Museum. Paula will speak on "The Giants of Maine: The Scarborough Mammoth and Other Ice Age Finds." All lectures in the series are free of charge.

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