Time to See for Yourself
  • What? A Polar Bear?

    Yes, a large polar bear taxidermy specimen has recently been added to the museum's collection. According to museum registrar and curator Paula Work, this male bear likely weighed in at around 1,500 pounds. The bear was hunted twelve years ago by sportsman Dort Bigg, Jr. of Turner, Maine during a trip to the Arctic. The polar bear is now temporarily on exhibit in the museum's 4th floor gallery. Stop by and take a look!

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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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  • Upcoming at the Museum

    A busy fall is ahead at the museum, beginning with the ever-popular "Bug Maine-ia" on Tuesday, September 13. Plan on stopping by for a lively, exciting display of the creepy, the crawly, and the helpful! If you are coming with a group, make a reservation to secure a spot. Free admission all day.

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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 a major exhibition about Maine's Jewish people, communities, and culture. The exhibition, planned and presented at the museum in cooperation with the non-profit organization, Documenting Maine Jewry, is set to open in mid-2018.

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