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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

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Address: Hubbard Hall, Brunswick, ME
Phone Number: 207-725-3416
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Museum dedicated to two Bowdoin College alumni who explored the Artic.

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Get a real sense of what these explorers really had to endure by looking a plenty of photos and the actual sleds and equipment Perry and MacMillan used. It's a small museum that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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113 reviews 113 reviews
17 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Get a real sense of what these explorers really had to endure by looking a plenty of photos and the actual sleds and equipment Perry and MacMillan used. It's a small museum that you can do at your own pace.

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Woodinville
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I loved this trip back in time. the building is worth the visit alone. photos and mementos from the trip, bring to life the sense of adventure required to explore the North Pole in the days before gps and polar fleece

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Really enjoyed the museum. Not large, easily doable in an hour. Gives you an appreciation for what early arctic explorers faced!

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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138 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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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35 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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317 reviews 317 reviews
188 attraction reviews
342 helpful votes 342 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 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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