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Maine State Museum

Address: 230 State Street, Augusta, ME
Phone Number: 207-287-2301
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Augusta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.

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Wonderland, Maine, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Tucked in the grounds of the State House in Augusta Maine is an amazing museum rich with the history of Maine. Three floors are packed with historical information from kitchens over time to the lumber industry. There most definitely is something for everyone at this museum and the exhibits are geared to all ages. Working exhibits, things to see, read,... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

My family is from Alabama and Florida, and we just visited the museum. While in the gift shop, my 3 year old nephew was playing with some of the gift shop toys. The clerk angrily yelled at him to stop and said it was inappropriate. If she had a problem, she should have asked the parents to watch him, and... More

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New York City, New York
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345 reviews 345 reviews
246 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Enjoyed the Fall colors of trees around the capitol even its under construction, took a lot of good pictures here.

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Jefferson ME, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

You can take a quick visit or you can really do some exploring here. There are multi levels, but all are handicapped accessible.

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Augusta, Maine, USA
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A friend of mine used to work here, so I know all the dirt. It's nice as far as State museums go, but again: why are you in Maine in the first place? The most backwards, pro-torture, pro- forced-subjection-to-health-care, anti-spiritual, intellectual backwards, neo-fascist/quasi-liberal state in the union? Yes, the exhibit quality is on par with that of the Smithsonian, and,... More

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Litchfield, Maine
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We have been to many fine museums throughout the US and other countries and this little gem of a museum houses some fine exhibits that will fill several hours for adults and children. The children will especially enjoy the presentations of the taxidermied animals of the Maine forests. All the exhibits are professional prepared and easily understood by the reader.... More

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Augusta, Maine
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

For a small budget museum they have First Class exhibits. I was pleasantly surprised when I toured the Civil War exhibit. The story it told of Maine's role in the war was outstanding. I appreciated that the exhibit included information on other Maine Units not just the 20th Maine. I recommend this museum to families and lone travelers.

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New York, New York, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Great for kids and history buffs. Well-maintained, friendly, and relaxed. Great thing to do on a rainy day. Only $2 for adults and $1 for kids.

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Biddeford, Maine
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Allow at least 1/2 day to visit this attraction. There are 5 floors of displays to look at. It was a great museum to visit!

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Forked River NJ
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108 reviews 108 reviews
58 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This museum has 4 floors with unbelievable displays. There is a working mill on the lowest floor! There are looms from the days of making cloth and how wool was spun into fabric. Simple life in the United States in the State of Maine is demonstrated by actual room re-creations from different time periods. Allow a minimum of 1-2 hours... More

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