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Museum Closes to Allow Mechanical System Repair and Upgrades
The Maine State Museum is closed to allow significant repairs and upgrades to the building’s mechanical systems. We apologize that this necessary closure was unanticipated at this time.
The duration of the closure has yet to be fully determined, as the scope of work to be completed is substantial and complex. The museum’s website will be updated and additional information provided as soon as it is available.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience.
Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community
Exhibition Postponed to 2021
The museum’s blockbuster exhibition, Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community, originally scheduled to open in July 2020, has been shifted to an opening date of April 17, 2021. It will run through July 30, 2022. The necessary postponement is related to a variety of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. When it opens next year, the exhibition will be well worth the wait. Featuring 80 stunning, colorful, and often rare quilts presented in two phases over the exhibition’s duration, Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community will be the largest showing of historic Maine quilts ever. It will be accompanied by a book, written by the exhibition’s curator, Laurie LaBar, and co-published by the museum and Down East Books.
Maine’s Bicentennial Is Here!
The year 2020 marks 200 years since Maine became a state. To mark this historic occasion, the museum’s calendar, galleries, and programs will be full of events and exhibits that celebrate Maine, past and present. To start, the museum features its year-long bicentennial exhibition, Regional Struggle, National Story: Maine’s Path to Statehood. And there’s more to come! Watch for more information and details. Happy Birthday, Maine!
Missing the Maine State Museum? On our website you can: watch short "Museum Moments" videos, Try out fun at-home activities, take a virtual trip around 1820 Maine, and view our online educational materials!