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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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Augusta, Maine, USA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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3 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
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2 helpful votes 2 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
18 helpful votes 18 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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
56 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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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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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19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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