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Welcome Back to the Maine State Museum!


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.

We’ve missed you! We are so glad to welcome visitors back to the Maine State Museum. The museum experience will be slightly different, but we’re working hard to open our doors while ensuring your safety

Planning a trip to Maine from out of state? Here is some safety information from Governor Mills: Protecting Maine People and Tourists Amidst COVID-19.

Things are a little different. Here’s what you should expect while visiting:




What are your new hours?


Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm


Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and all State Holidays


We have reduced our hours so that our staff can keep the museum galleries clean.





Will I have to wait to get in?


Due to state guidelines, we can only admit 50 visitors at a time. Depending on when you arrive, you might not be able to enter the museum right away. The front desk staff will do their best to let visitors know how long it may take and where they can go to wait.




Will I have to pay?


Admission fees will temporarily be by cash donation only – pay what you can. You may use a cash donation box at the front entrance. We don’t want our staff to handle money and we understand that a lot of Mainers are going through difficult times. We are happy to have you visit, so just pay if and what you can!





What does “Pay what you can” really mean?


If you don’t have cash or you’re on a tight budget, come in for free! If you have cash and want to help support the museum during these uncertain times, throw in a few extra bucks! Either way, we’re just happy to see you. For reference, our usual fees are:  $3 Adult, $2 Senior, $2 Age 6-18, Free Under 6.




How are you making the museum safe?


  • Only 50 visitors at a time will be allowed in the museum. There may be wait times.
  • Our staff will be wearing face coverings.
  • Visitors are required to wear face coverings at all times in the museum. If you forget yours, free disposable coverings are available. Why are masks required?
  • Floor markers will direct you on a one-way path through the museum to reduce crowding.
  • Museum staff will be working hard to regularly clean surfaces throughout the museum.
  • Stations with hand sanitizers will be available throughout the building.




How can I help make the museum safe?


  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Wash those hands and use our sanitizing stations!
  • Enjoy your space! Keep at least 6 feet of physical distance between others and you.
  • Wear your face covering at all times.
  • You will notice more reminders not to touch objects in exhibits. Not only are we trying to prevent damage to objects but disinfecting artifacts is not an easy task!




What will look different?


  • When you first arrive, you will notice the front desk is in a new location. We have created a plexiglass barrier to keep you and our staff members safe as they greet you and share information about your visit.
  • The Museum Store is temporarily closed. 
  • Some seating areas and most hands-on displays have been removed from exhibits. Our beloved car horn is on vacation, but it will be back soon!
  • We have reduced access to congested parts of the museum. Some of these spaces will have one-way traffic, and some areas are blocked off entirely.
  • Markers on the floor will help you find your way through the building safely.




What should I bring?


  • Visitors are required to wear face coverings at all times. If you forget yours, free disposable coverings are available. Why are masks required?
  • Please DO NOT bring food and drinks into the museum.
  • We have temporarily closed our coat room, so we will have no available storage spaces for personal belongings. Please only bring what you want to carry through the museum.





Can I make a group reservation or schedule a guided program?


  • We love getting visits from scout troops, workplaces, and summer camps, but we’ve had to put those on hold. At the moment, we can not accommodate any group reservations.
  • To limit crowding and keep our staff safe, at the moment we are not offering guided tours or programs.





Can I visit the Blaine House and State House?


  • At the moment, both buildings are closed to the public. For the latest updates, please view the information in the top banner of the Maine Legislature’s website.  




Psst! Did you know – you can download a museum map onto your phone? Save the paper, save the germs!


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