Our one–acre campus, which is open year round, is situated in downtown Portland, across from Monument Square. The Maine Historical Society strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the digital museum, Maine Memory Network. MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House, the childhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow, Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum who’s original and provocative exhibitions feature art, artifacts and documents that vividly bring Maine history to life, the online digital archive of Maine Memory Network, and the Brown Research Library, the state’s most comprehensive resource for the study of Maine and New England history.
2. Pejepscot Historical Society: Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, SkolfieldWhittier House, PHS Museum & Research Center
159 Park Row, Brunswick, ME 04011, USA
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The Pejepscot Historical Society preserves, interprets, and promotes the rich history of Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell, Maine, through its collections, programs, and historic house museums. It owns and operates the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, the Skolfield-Whittier House, and the PHS Museum and Research Center.
Founded in 1962, Maine Maritime Museum sits on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in “The City of Ships,” Bath, Maine. The museum is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture. Indoors, enjoy air-conditioned galleries with exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages, including Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience: a one-of-a-kind immersive exhibit that will give you the sensation of standing at the top of a lighthouse. Outdoors, stroll through the country’s only surviving shipyard to see where large wooden sailing vessels were once built. Many of the original buildings in our shipyard are preserved, giving you a glimpse into the daily lives of the Percy & Small shipbuilders. The highlight of the yard is the full-size sculpture of the schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing vessel ever built in North America. Hop aboard the historic 1906 schooner Mary E to see what Maine-built vessels are like or take a cruise aboard our more modern cruise boat, Merrymeeting.
Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village in Searsport, Maine. Visit the ship captain’s home furnished with beautiful antiques from China and Japan. See the heirloom vegetable garden, learn about lobster fishing, rig a ship’s mast, see E. B. White’s boat. Visit a 19th-century darkroom, step inside a camera obscura. The Museum has magnificent collections of marine paintings, scrimshaw, and boat models, one of the largest collections of historic photography in New England, and a maritime history research library. Eight of its twelve exhibit buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in October. The Museum Store and Museum Framer are open year-round. Historic photographs from the Museum’s collection may be ordered online.
The Brick Store Museum is an active, community museum focusing on local history, art and culture of the Kennebunks and our surrounding communities. The Museum’s Collections hold over 70,000 artifacts relating to regional history. This Museum is open year-round to offer rotating exhibitions, monthly educational programs and tours, historic preservation and archaeology projects, and community events. The Museum recently announced our new logo to represent our community mission of past, present and future. The Museum’s professional staff, volunteers and Board of Trustees look forward to seeing you soon at the Museum.