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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

Museum dedicated to two Bowdoin College alumni who explored the Artic.

Museum dedicated to two Bowdoin College alumni who explored the Artic.

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Everything you wanted to know about Peary's trip to North Pole

Excellent coverage of Peary's expedition to the North Pole including Henson's role as the indispensable man, a man who was African American. I gave it a four rating only because... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lakeland, FL
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Lakeland, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent coverage of Peary's expedition to the North Pole including Henson's role as the indispensable man, a man who was African American. I gave it a four rating only because of its limited scope.

Thank BobbyBaum
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small, free museum in Hubbard Hall on the Bowdoin campus. It houses some of the most interesting artifacts from Robert Peary and Donald MacMillan's expeditions to the Arctic. It contains natural artifacts, such as plants and animals (e.g narwhal, seals, etc.) and cultural artifacts from the Inuit people. There is also lots of equipment used on the... More 

Thank Jane M
Harpswell, Maine
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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every summer i enjoy showing this museum to various guests. It is highly informative as well as entertaining. The museum has a nice flow featuring arctic artifacts and art work. Great explanations about the various artifacts that are easy ro read and comprehend. It is good for every age.

Thank thymesrwo
Medford, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is small but fascinating. It is located in a beautiful, old style building in the midst of the campus.

Thank Donna R
Palo Alto, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This information is packed with information on current and past research in the arctic. You can touch a narwhal's tusk and look at an ice core that has data from thousands of years ago. Overall, this was a great museum to stop and take a look at.

Thank paws2012
Augusta, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

Visited here for the beading exhibit and found the museum to be a tiny gem. Perfect for an hour's visit. Many interesting artifacts, amazing journals, and photographs. The young man at the desk was pleasant and helpful. The small Italian alabaster sculptures in the gift shop are just incredible - I have one of the polar bears at home now... More 

Thank travveller95
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Great family visit and interesting history with Peary's explorations. Nice collection of artifacts, art, and arctic culture. This makes a nice complement to the campus art museum. Also, complements a visit to Peary's summer home on Eagle island if you get the chance.

Thank AnchorAweigh
Palo Alto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We were visiting Bowdoin College for a tour, and found this museum. It is tiny, but packed with exhibits about Admiral Robert Peary and others associated with his exploration of the Arctic region and expeditions to the North Pole. It also has exhibits on the native tribes of the North. Definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in exploration, history,... More 

Thank CaliforniaRamblin
Beverly, mass
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Arctic museum was fascinating with quite a collection and wealth of information from pioneers to the arctic. Beads from the Natives, Equipment used for the expeditions, and stories pictures, and articles all displayed and well organized. Well worth a stop here!!

Thank Jake_MA_11
Nashville, Tennessee
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Everything on the Bowdoin College campus is lovely. The libraries, the art museum, the grounds the architecture and the history.

Thank Lisa R

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