The Maine State Museum features an astonishing variety of exhibits, all under one roof! Where else can you find:

  • The Lion, dating from 1846 and one of the nation's earliest steam locomotives (pictured at right);

  • The Peary necklace, a stunningly beautiful tourmaline necklace given by Admiral Robert E. Peary to his wife Josephine in 1913;

  • A 10,000-year-old meat cache built of stone by Paleo-Indians and one of the oldest surviving human-built structures in North America;

  • The 20th Maine battle flag and captured Confederate revolver from the Battle of Gettysburg's Little Round Top, where Joshua Chamberlain led a regiment of Maine men in a remarkable victory during the Civil War;

  • The Spear Mill, a spectacular three-story, water-powered woodworking mill (yes, it even has a running stream!), ringed with exhibits showing Maine's shop, mill, and factory environments.

And more great exhibits are in store for 2014, including a recently-acquired Civil War uniform, moon rocks from the 1969 Apollo 11 and 1973 Apollo 17 missions, Maine-made products from the past, specimens commemorating 2014 as the Year of the Passenger Pigeon, and mementos on loan from Donn Fendler on the 75th anniversary of his survival alone for nine days on Maine's Mount Katahdin.