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Maine State Museum

230 State Street, Augusta, ME
207-287-2301
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Augusta
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The museum's four floors of world-class exhibits provide a chance to explore and discover the best of Maine, from the Ice Age to the 1960s. The museum... more » Owner description: The museum's four floors of world-class exhibits provide a chance to explore and discover the best of Maine, from the Ice Age to the 1960s. The museum is open from Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and all state holidays. « less
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Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Very nice two hours spent there enjoying history, nature, and the ambiance provided by the running water of the old water mill.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Good place to go for some Maine history. Be forewarned, the floor map they give you is confusing -- as in the floor numbers do not match the elevator floor numbers. They have a free coat room to hang your coat up while you explore the museum.

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Maine
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Maine State Museum in Augusta is surprisingly good. Lots of well presented exhibits. But also a complete 3 story water operated lumber mill that was added after the building was finished by digging down. Well worth visiting.And then walk next door and take a look inside the state house.

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Winthrop
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133 reviews 133 reviews
41 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

this is great and constantly changing not sure if still free it looks small from the outside but very large once in

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Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I have visited this museum many times over the years. It is fun and interesting for all ages. Highly recommend. You can expect to spend at least 2 hours or more. Lots to see and some exhibits are interactive.

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Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A pleasant walk through Maine's past. Probably will be most enjoyed by elementary school children, ages 7-12, history buffs or older, nostalgic adults. Film footage of river driving, and old steam engine, a working mill, many dioramas, few hands-on activities.

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Winthrop, Maine
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

I´ve enjoyed visiting the museum with summer guests and on school field trips. But, I wanted to take my grandson while he was with us for a weekend. My husband works Saturdays so that only leaves Sunday, and they are closed. Sunday seems to me to be a great day for people to visit a museum. Why are there no... More

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Tampa, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The Maine State Museum doesn't hold a candle to museums in larger cities but it is a nice collage of what gives Maine its identity. From the wildlife scenes complete with stuffed critters to fishing boats, sawmills and a Civil War exhibit, there is something there for everyone. I learned a thing or two at the Popham Colony exhibit. I... More

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Midlothian, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

My family and I went to Maine and stayed in Augusta. We took day trips to see the fall foliage, visit Portland and Booth Bay. We stayed one day in Augusta and visited the State Museum, had a blast!

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NYC
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I used to visit this little museum every single year with my school. It was dusty and never changed. A recent upgrade made it much more interesting without sacrificing my memories. The same dusty stuffed animals in a winter scene are still intact but with new interesting demonstrations of wood mills and the sardine industry . Fun, quick and an... More

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