Maine State Museum
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Maine State Museum

Maine State Museum
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Beginning June 24, 2020, the Maine State Museum has closed to allow significant repairs and upgrades to the building's mechanical systems. This necessary closure was unanticipated at this time. The duration of the closure has yet to be fully determined. Because the scope of work to be completed is substantial and complex, the museum could be closed for up to two years. Please see the museum's website for additional details and updates.
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dianaonacki
Scarborough, ME530 contributions
We came to Augusta to see this museum. It was amazing. We enjoyed our walk through the museum. So many wonderful things to see and so much history. We really enjoyed our visit. The museum is $3 and worth more then that!!! We will definitely take visitors there when we have them visit us. Definitely should be on everyone's bucket list to visit. So many displays!!
Written February 2, 2020
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James M
Augusta, ME254 contributions
I live in Augusta, and I would say the state museum is one of the more interesting things in town. It has a nifty little gift shop full of interesting Maine products, for which one does not need to pay admission. The museum itself was free until recently but now has a small charge due to state budget cuts. The museum emphasizes displays of the state's history and esp. historical industries such as logging and fishing, but also has a number of dioramas of native animals in different habitats as well as examples of native minerals like tourmaline. The museum dates from the 1970s and is beginning to show its age a bit, but it is still very interesting and well worth a visit.
It's just south of the capitol; you can walk from one to the other in a minute or two. While there, check out the metal tiger sculpture in the adjacent state library (if the museum is open and the library's closed, you can peer down upon it from the museum's entryway).
Written February 25, 2004
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phoenixflameamy
Turner, ME24 contributions
Took our two kids (10 year old girl and 7 year old boy) on a Saturday in May. We practically had the place to ourselves! They loved the whole thing. The ships, the parts of a working water mill, the old tools, everything about the animals. This museum is amazing! If you go on a weekend, pack a picnic lunch, as there are granite picnic table right across from the parking lot. Don't miss the statues out in front of the museum, either! The price of admission is WELL worth it. We got there when they opened, had a picnic lunch on the lawn and didn't leave until 3:30.
I would recommend this museum to EVERYONE!!!
Written June 28, 2009
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Ben T
Augusta, Maine, USA20 contributions
Family
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, yes: the Museum has won national awards. However, the museum campus is part of the Capitol Complex and is run by rent-a-cops (d/b/a "Capitol Security") that will -- in fact -- feel at liberty to cart you off to one of the local psych wards if you look at one of the State workers running the joint the wrong way. Is this really where you want to take your children...even on a "field trip"? EVEN IF you don't get it about the AMHI/UN problem (about which I have kvetched, incessantly, in my other reviews), it IS a dangerous place, given "Capitol Security" and their bed-sharing with the Augusta Police Department. Sad, but true. Or "cruelle, mais juste," as we tend to say in France. Steer clear.
Written September 7, 2014
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Blessedtravelers7
Glenburn, Maine9 contributions
Business
My goal is to see all the US state museums. I've seen about 20 and Maine is the best I've seen!
Written April 17, 2012
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MsWaldo
Belfast1 contribution
Senior citizens will appreciate re-living their youth in some exhibits; grandchildren and great-grandchildren will see what those good 'ole days were all about. A class act!
Written June 19, 2009
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AmarilisVos
Jabbeke, Belgium2,097 contributions
We visited this museum on October 16. There is a garage with free parking for visitors in Sewall Street. This is a classic state museum with information about the indigenous, early settlers, industry and how the Mainers lived.
No modern multimedia to consult information.
Written November 18, 2019
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Betty751
Eatontown, NJ66 contributions
Friends
I was visiting the area in April and went there out of curiousity. It is a comprehensive museum covering local history and natural history of the area. The exhibits are impressive and informative. There was parking adjacent and we spent a lovely couple of hours there.
Written August 2, 2019
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scottcaps
Chesapeake Beach, MD1,555 contributions
Family
We arrived at 4:00 pm on a Friday and made the best of our hour in the museum which closes at 5:00. Very nice exhibits with sections dedicated to agriculture, WWI, home life, industry, nature, Native American, and geology. Exhibits are spread out on 4 floors. Our kids, 12 and 14, were kept engaged by the displays. Cost of admission was a good value, even if only for an hour. Would suggest allowing 2 hours. Was nice to walk to the State Building next door. There are restrooms and a small gift shop. Free parking in a lot next to the museum, just watch for some areas that are permit parking. Before arriving, we had a nice lunch just a few minutes away at Cushnoc Brewery.
Written September 15, 2018
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TravelTrooper1026
Orlando, FL170 contributions
Couples
The Maine State Museum is small but quite interesting. Fascinating exhibits. Take time to explore all of the floors, especially the top floor.
Written August 14, 2018
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  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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