Collections

William KINGNorse Coin
Walrus Fossil

The Maine State Museum builds and maintains systematic collections regarding Maine's pre-history, history, and natural science.

The museum also holds title on behalf of the people of Maine to artifacts and natural scientific specimens located on or beneath state-owned land, including the bottoms of navigable waterways and coastal waters.

The museum researches, interprets, and exhibits its collections for the benefit of the public. Its goal is to promote public awareness of Maine's natural resources and historical richness. The museum provides access to its collections for those interested in pursuing questions about Maine's cultural and natural history.

Please note: Due to a major upgrade of the museum's collections storage facility, collections will be unavailable for study or loan from November 9, 2013 through August 31, 2014.

See and learn more about this major project by clicking on the New Space-saving Efficiencies Transform Collections Storage page at left.

History

Pre-History

Natural Science

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