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  • "Inventors and Sportsmen: Maine Gunsmiths in the 1800s" Exhibition Held Over Through May 27, 2017

    The popular exhibition, "Inventors and Sportsmen: Maine Gunsmiths in the 1800s" will be held over through Saturday, May 27, 2017. Featuring a variety of guns made by 22 Maine makers, the exhibition highlights the work of John Hall, a Portland cooper turned gunsmith, as well as Hiram Leonard, a native of Sebec. Leonard, described by Henry Thoreau as "the chief...hunter in Maine," made a gun and pistol shown in the exhibit. Leonard eventually became a pioneer in the mass-production of fishing rods. A trout rod and reel by Leonard are also among the 75 objects shown in the exhibition.

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  • Museum's Newest Exhibition Features Rare Maliseet-Made Blanket Coat

    The museum's newest exhibition, "Beyond Boundaries: The World of the Capote," features a remarkable man's winter coat, known as a capote, dating from 1842. On public view for the first time, the capote, with moccasins and matching leggings, shows beautiful porcupine quill embroidery and dyed moose hair tassels bound with tinkling cones. The exhibition will be on view through September 2017.

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  • Explore the Museum with Free Scavenger Hunts and Activity Guides

    Museum scavenger hunts and activity guides provide fun ways for school groups, families, and others to explore the museum together. Follow the More button below to choose, download, and print your own museum scavenger hunt, or pick one up at the museum's Welcome Desk.

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What’s New

  • Oral History Videos Featuring Pioneers of Maine Hunting, Fishing, and Sporting Camp Traditions Now Available**

    The Friends of the Maine State Museum's oral history interviews with Oscar Cronk, Gary Day, Matt Libby, Sr., Ormy Pitcher, Dr. Robert Shelton, Judy Sirois, and Dr. Paul Wade are now available on the Maine State Museum's You Tube channel. Follow the More link below to discover wonderful stories about Maine's outdoor sporting culture as told by the people who have preserved it.

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  • New and Featured at the Museum Store

    The Museum Store is chock full of great gifts, souvenirs, wonderful books, educational games and activities, and all kinds of other fun stuff! There is something for everyone at the Museum Store. Call 207-287-2938 with questions, or stop by any time the museum is open.

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