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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

Hubbard Hall, Brunswick, ME
207-725-3416
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Ranked #7 of 20 Attractions in Brunswick
Type: Natural History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Museum dedicated to two Bowdoin College alumni who explored the Artic.

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English first
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Three rooms containing a very interesting new exhibit on one of MacMillan's later trips to the north, some Inuit sculpture and some artefacts from the most famous Peary adventure, respectively. It's not very big and won't take long to look round. If you are, however, out to see the art museum next door, it's well worth popping in for a... More

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Arlington, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Small exhibit, but worth the time to learn about finding the North Pole. Nice selection of native art. Beautiful spot on Bowdoin campus.

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washington dc
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122 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This small specialty museum on the Bowdoin College campus has some wonderful stuffed wildilfe--even if you aren't normally an enthusiast. The exhibits help humanize these dangerous Arctic treks.

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Coventry, Connecticut
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30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

On a Sunday visit to the college, we visited this Arctic museum. It was very nicely located in the college campus. The displays were so interesting, historical ! We enjoyed it immensely !

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Katonah, NY
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184 attraction reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Most people aren't going to Maine to visit the Arctic Museum. We went on a wet, miserable day and spent an interesting hour there. There was an original sled from the Peary expedition, which is worth the visit on it's own. The hardship and dangers the explorers faced were vividly brought to life with several excellent displays. There was also... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We found ourselves in the Main Quad of the beautiful Bowdoin College campus on a quiet Saturday morning. Thought the campus was closed until we saw two ladies purposefully entering a building, so we decided to check it out, too. Turns out it was the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. A large wooden sled was displayed in the main hall -- apparently... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great, free, small museum dedicated to the Arctic. Second time there. We stop every time we go to Maine. Lovely exhibits on a welcoming campus. Thanks Bowdoin for making this free and accessible to families.

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Albany, NY
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29 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Small and uncommon museum in the middle of Bowdoin campus. It’s an ‘arctic’ museum rather than a Peary centric museum. To be honest I didn’t find the exhibits that didn’t pertain to Peary to my interest. I’d have preferred to see more on the expedition, but I suppose the museum needs to appeal to the broader arctic subject. It’s an... More

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the Peary-MacMillan Museum. The exhibits are interesting, varied and well- organized. We especially enjoyed the examples of Arctic wildlife. The free brochures were a bonus and helped explain some information not covered in the exhibits. Although small in size, the museum contains a wealth of information.

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Brunswick, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This museum is not too easily accessible, consisting of several rooms in a college classroom building, and no really close parking, but it's worth the effort. Other reviewers have given detail of its nature and exhibits so I don't have to repeat.

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