Time to See for Yourself
  • New Exhibit Features Photography of Kosti Ruohomaa

    Rockland-based photographer Kosti Ruohomaa (1913-1961) worked as a magazine photojournalist during the peak of pictorial news and feature publishing in the 1940s and 1950s. The Maine State Museum's exhibit marks the first time that selected Ruohomaa images, scrapbooks, and vintage magazines from the museum's collection have been shown together to explore the Maine-inspired artistry of this gifted Finnish-American photographer.

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  • Checklist of Maine Silver, Watches, and Jewelry Makers and Dealers Available

    A decades-long effort to develop a comprehensive reference identifying Maine silversmiths, goldsmiths, jewelers, silverplaters, and clock and watchmakers from 1760 to the early 1900s is complete and available on the museum's website. Spearheaded by Ed Churchill, the museum's former curator of decorative arts, the checklist is the first of its kind. It provides an indispensable reference for collectors, scholars, and others seeking to learn more about Maine people creating and selling all types of silver wares.

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  • Extraordinary 19th Century Illustrated Journal and Scrapbooks Now On-Line

    The journal and scrapbooks created by Bangor area "general business man, expert accountant, landscape gardener, rustic designer, and origin of Martins perfect waltz and march," John Martin (1823-1904), are now fully digitized, transcribed, and on-line at Maine Memory Network following years-long efforts by the Maine State Museum and Maine Historical Society, the joint owners of the volumes.

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What’s New

  • February School Vacation Brings a Fun Focus on Invention at the Maine State Museum and Library

    The Maine State Museum's educators team up with the Maine State Library's Unlimited Possibilities (UP) Room staff for a great series of creative activities and games to spark the spirit of invention in kids of all ages. Activities are scheduled from Tuesday through Friday, February 16 - 19 and are either free or free with the price of museum admission. Learn all about it by clicking on More below and come on by!

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  • New Exhibit to Open in March

    The Maine State Museum's newest exhibit will explore the work of gunsmiths and related inventions and outdoor sporting activities in nineteenth century Maine. The exhibit, "Inventors and Sportsmen: Maine Gunsmiths in the 1800s" opens on March 31, 2016.

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