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!