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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 2014
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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English first
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70 reviews 70 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This museum highlights the dangerous working conditions of the past. Timeless exhibits well displayed.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I am a mother of a six year old who loves learning and seeing new things and just had a baby "newborn" being the nurturing mother I am I took my son to a new place to Learn about our history with my husband and newborn. Wile here my daughter was crying because he was hungry my mother instinct stopped... More

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Sheila M, Manager at Maine State Museum, responded to this review

Naturally we at the Maine State Museum regret that a recent visitor was made uncomfortable by the enforcement of our policies against any eating in the museum galleries. We did suggest that the child in question be given her bottle in an adjacent non-gallery museum space (no one was asked to leave the museum) but unfortunately that alternative was not... More

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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

So much fun for the whole family, and inexpensive - would be willing to pay more for this establishment.

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Perth, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We took our grandchildren, 11 & 13, here on a rainy day. They had been with their school in grade four so knew it, but enjoyed it again. We were very, very impressed with the four floors of exhibits and impressive displays. The whole gamut of Maine history is here from pre-history to modern day, from animals to the Civil... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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268 reviews 268 reviews
126 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This museum is co-located with the Maine State Capitol and is adjacent to the Capitol. It is a delightful museum filled with artifacts from the industries that provided the beginnings of Maine's economy in the 18th and 19th century, from lumbering, textile production, fisheries, farming, etc. It also has a great time line of the ancient Indian tribes that populated... More

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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The children loved their afternoon in the museum and learned a lot. It is inexpensive to visit and goes through Maine's industrial and natural history well. My only criticism is that the website says it's and interactive experience for children. There were a few thins the children could touch (like bones), but these displays disappointingly were NOT labelled.

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Chelsea, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Wonderful exhibits, lots to learn, see and enjoy. Kid friendly and plenty for adults to ponder. This is a quality museum and highly recommended. The gift shop is a great place to pick up a treasure or interesting sweet too! Really enjoy this place.

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Baltimore, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is a pretty nice museum. We got there an hour before closing so we could not see all of it. Probably best for a "three hour tour". Good amount to see. The layout is a little weird, and I found it a little hard to follow. But otherwise, quite nice. Staff was very helpful and friendly.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

A fascinating place- all about the history of Maine- shipbuilding- a wonderful old wooden hull from a shipwreck- to give you an idea of how huge the ships were for transporting cargo, and a 3 story working water mill- you can observe on different levels through the glass- wonderful, and all the simple factory machines of the 1800's. I loved... More

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Maine
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5 helpful votes 5 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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