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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

Hubbard Hall, Brunswick, ME
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Ranked #7 of 19 Attractions in Brunswick
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums, Specialty Museums
Description: Museum dedicated to two Bowdoin College alumni who explored the Artic.
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Katonah, NY
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299 reviews 299 reviews
180 attraction reviews
309 helpful votes 309 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
29 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Fairfield, OH
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Our second visit, but new exhibits. This is a small museum, but they do a nice, in depth, job of displaying current exhibit. Caribou antler carving. I'm still debating with myself about this art form, but according to placards, many many caribou shed their antlers annually and the material is found lying on the ground. That being said, the art... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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107 reviews 107 reviews
29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Easy access and real live history come alive at this Museum. Good to match up with a boat trip to Eagle Island to see Admiral Peary's summer home.

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Upstate NY
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Lots of information on the arctic and its people and animals. Several mounts of arctic animals. Interesting to consider the hardships endured by the explorers.

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Cape Cod., Mass.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Small museum with a lot of fascinating information about the Arctic, its people and their lifeways, its animals, its natural history. There are oral histories given first-hand by Inuit people and guides to pronouncing Inuit words, samples of Inuit clothing and equipment, mounted specimens of Arctic animals (musk ox and the like). I have a strong interest in Native cultures... More

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