Maine State Museum Augusta
Where are we going today?
Did you know that Maine has an incredibly extensive history!? Well it does, and lucky for you the Maine State Museum covers over 12,000 years of history - all from the one state! That's pretty incredible!
From the Paleo-Indians, to those first European settlers, kids can encounter all sorts of ways of life, how people would have lived across the centuries.
There are a number of favorite exhibits which are permanent so you can always head back and enjoy them again and again!
There are beautiful nature exhibits filled with animals and birds, and even a strange cabinet of curiosities which show the actual natural science specimens which were first collected when the Maine State Museum began all the way back in te 1830s.
Kids can get up close to an 1846 steam locomotive, and the Marine Bounty features tools and equipment that would have harvested and transported products!
Want to experience a working three story water powered mill? Why not! The museum has that experience too, and then kids can explore a wool carding mill, furniture making shops and a blacksmith shop.
You can then of course go back 12,000 years and even see a stone meat cache - which they THINK might be the oldest surviving human-built structure in the entire North America!
The Maine State Museum also manage the collection in the State House and the Blaine House, so why not book a tour there too!
History IS fun in Maine, and the whole family can enjoy it at this fun museum!
How much does it cost?
- Children$1 (Ages 6 to 18)
- Free Under: 6 years
When can we go?
9am - 5pm Tues to Fri / 10am - 4pm Sat
All year round. Closed Sundays, Monday and all state holidays
They LOVE having school groups - and you can go for FREE! Why wouldn't you head over for an education. Give them a call to arrange. .
The State House is the closest place for food. They have vending machines and a cafe, with a range of foods.
The museum also has a list of restaurants in the area if you want to check out what's healthy nearby.
Any Top Tips?
Book your tours for the State House through the museum.
Doing our bit
The museum are dedicated to preserving this amazing history and all of the artifacts within their collection .
Need a little extra help?
The museum is wheelchair accessible, and they have wheelchairs available free of charge.
Strollers are allowed and some are available free of charge to use within the museum if you need.
Can I get one of those?
The Museum Store has books and gifts relating to exhibits within the museum, a great way to continue the education at home!.
Admission is cash or check only. No cards are accepted. .
What people are saying?
by Lucy M
Seeing an actual water mill set up in the museum was spectacular- seeing how it works on different floor levels as you look through the glass and all the early factory machines of the 1800's was fascinating. A gem of a museum.
by Marc Tabor
Inexpensive and LOADED with awesome exhibits. A must see!
by Kelly Dyer
by A Google User