Hair Wreaths – Sentimental or Spooky?

At first glance, it’s a nice arrangement of dried flowers, or maybe a clever craft made with thread. Look again—this wreath is made of human hair! Hair wreaths were popular in the Victorian Era, around the mid to late 1800’s. They were usually crafted by women using...

Explore Indigenous History

Although Indigenous Peoples’ Day has passed, Indigenous history cannot be separated from American history. Visit the link below for some educational resources to use as a starting point.   Click here to learn more. Penobscot Lt. Gov. John NeptunePenobscot...

Remembering John Jenkins

We at the Maine State Museum are saddened to hear of the passing of John Jenkins. John was a passionate advocate for the museum’s work. Several years ago, he donated objects, documents, and images to the museum that marked his trailblazing life in our state. Born in...

Connect with the Maine State Museum Online

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!

Museum Store Remains Temporarily Closed

The Maine State Museum has resumed open hours from Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum Store, however, will remain temporarily closed so that the store’s small space can be reconfigured to allow for adequate social distancing and safe...

Museum Temporary Closing Continues

The Maine State Museum continues to be closed to the public in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. Museum staff are monitoring guidance from the Maine CDC and Governor Mills to determine when and under what circumstances the museum will be able to...

Virtual Backgrounds from the Maine State Museum

If you would like to use a unique background image for your Zoom meeting or social gathering, these views of environments within the museum’s “At Home in Maine” exhibit might add some fun and history to your virtual work day. How to use the images: First, save the...

Museum Closed to the Public through April 30

The Maine State Museum will be closed to the public at least through April 30 in an effort to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. Announcements about museum open hours after April 30 will be made as soon as possible. For additional information or questions, please...

Museum Cancels Plans for Special Sunday Opening on March 15, 2020

Update as of 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14.  Due to increasing concerns about the safety of visitors and staff, the museum has cancelled the special free museum opening for Maine Statehood Day on Sunday, March 15. The museum is examining options for open hours...
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